GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo first-year forward Ellie Gregory was named Rookie of the Year and senior midfielder Leah Greene was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year to lead eight Knights recognized as State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) all-stars, announced by the conference on Thursday.
Greene was named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year after manning the midfield for the Knights all season. The senior started all 19 games for the Knights as a holding defensive midfielder, contributing to 11 shutouts, including five against conference opponents. Greene also added six goals on the season to bolster the offense and earn a place on the All-SUNYAC First Team. She becomes just the eighth player in SUNYAC history, and the first from Geneseo, to be a four-time All-SUNYAC selection.
Gregory was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the first to win the award since Greene did in 2014. In her first season, Gregory netted four goals and dished off four assists to earn 12 points. She was one of two first-years to earn Second Team All-SUNYAC honors.
Senior forward Audrey Reid led the SUNYAC in goals (19) and points (44) to earn a first team all-conference nod. Reid scored 14 of her goals against conference opponents, including two in the SUNYAC Championship game, a 4-0 victory over Plattsburgh. She broke both the Geneseo single-season records for goals and points, and was also named SUNYAC Tournament MVP.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski was named All-SUNYAC First Team, her third SUNYAC All-Conference recognition after being named Third Team in 2014 and Second Team in 2015. Janiszewski led the conference in goals against average (0.47), save percentage (.883) and shutouts (9) while guiding the Knights to 16 wins.
Both Geneseo center backs, junior Rachel Walsh and sophomore Taylor Clar were named All-SUNYAC First Team as well. The pair combined to contribute for 11 shutouts, allowing opponents just 4.16 shots on goal per game and only nine goals in 19 games this season. For Walsh it marks her first All-Conference nod, while Clar was named First Team All-SUNYAC last season as well.
Sophomore forward Domenica Piccoli was tabbed Second Team All-SUNYAC after scoring eight goals and dealing five assists to rank second on the team in both categories. The Knights are 10-0-0 this season in games in which Piccoli registers at least one point.
Junior midfielder Jennifer Moran earned her first all-conference nod, grabbing third team honors. Moran scored four goals, including the game-winning score in the conference championship game, and passed out two assists on her way to all-conference honors. She was also named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team.
Geneseo will return to the field on Saturday, hosting Penn St.-Berks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.