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    New Paltz Field Hockey Earns Six All-SUNYAC Honors; O’Reilly of West Sayville Second on Team
    November 13, 2016 6:32 pm  
    New Paltz Field Hockey Earns Six All-SUNYAC Honors; O’Reilly of West Sayville Second on Team

    Six student-athletes on the State University of New York at New Paltz field hockey team have been named to the 2016 All-SUNYAC Team, announced on Wednesday by the conference office.

    http://www.sayville.com/banners/kay2016/Forevermark_KAY-fall16.jpgSenior forwards Kayla McKeveny (Holbrook, NY/Sachem East) and Erin Landy (Glenmont, NY/Bethlehem Central) as well as senior back Colleen Roemer (Pound Ridge, NY/Fox Lane) all earned First Team accolades.

    Freshman forward Sophia Urrutia (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) was named the 2016 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year in addition to being listed on the Second Team. Junior forward Justine O’Reilly (West Sayville, NY/Sayville) and junior goalkeeper Megan Gangewere (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area) both were named to the Second Team.

    McKeveny wraps up her career as the all-time leader in goals (42) and points (104) in program history. The forward tallied team-high 12 goals and provided four assists this season for a team-best 28 points. An early childhood education major, McKeveny is the daughter of Peter and Christina McKeveny.

    Landy provided the team with nine goals and four assists for 22 points this season and concludes her time as a Hawk with 23 career goals and 11 assists for 57 points, ranking eighth, T-10th and seventh, respectively, all-time in each category. A political science major, Landy is the daughter of Matt and Ginger Landy.

    Roemer was a keystone on the back line for New Paltz, starting all 18 matches this year and finished her career appearing in 74 matches, tallying six goals and five assists for 17 points. A mathematics major, Roemer is the daughter of Joseph and Christine Roemer.

    Urrutia enjoyed her first season for New Paltz starting 17 games while tallying two goals and a team-high seven assists for 11 points. Urrutia becomes the first Rookie of the Year at New Paltz since Kaitlin Ruggiero earned the award in 2004. An English major, Urrutia is the daughter of Felix Urrutia and Leah Lugovina.

    O’Reilly was second on the team with 11 goals and 26 points this year as she started all 18 matches, firing off 48 shots and currently ranks seventh all-time in goals (25) and eighth all-time in points (54). A sociology major, O’Reilly is the daughter of Kevin and Debra O’Reilly.

    Gangewere was a stalwart in between the pipes all season for the Hawks, finishing with a 9-9 record, a .795 save percentage, a 2.06 goals against average while making 140 stops and registering two shutouts. Gangewere currently ranks second all-time in program history in save percentage (.796) and goals against average (1.86). A mechanical engineering major, Gangewere is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Gangewere.

    The Hawks concluded the 2016 season with a 9-9 overall record under eighth-year head coach Shanna Vitale, going 4-2 in the SUNYAC during the regular season. Earning the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, New Paltz fell to Geneseo 1-0 in the semifinals, snapping a streak of five straight conference championship appearances as the Hawks hoisted the league trophy the past four seasons.

    2016 Field Hockey All-Conference Teams

    Name Yr. Pos. School Hometown/High School
    First Team
    Jess Gibaldi So. Forward Cortland Westbury/W.T Clarke
    Gabby Stein Sr. Forward Cortland Endwell/Maine-Endwell
    Jessica Welsh So. Forward Cortland Hamilton/Hamilton
    Erin Landy Sr. Forward New Paltz Glenmont/Bethlehem Central
    Kayla McKeveny Sr. Forward New Paltz Holbrook/Sachem East
    Giovanna Fasanello Jr. Midfield Geneseo Clarence/Clarence
    Morgan Maley Jr. Midfield Geneseo Williamsville/Williamsville South
    Tess Necaise So. Midfield Geneseo Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa
    Carissa Warren So. Midfield Oneonta Harpursville/Harpursville
    Colleen Roemer Sr. Defense New Paltz Pound Ridge/Fox Lane
    Kailynne Reinoehl So. Goalie Cortland Lititz, PA/Warwick
    Second Team
    Abby Meagher Fr. Forward Brockport Camden/Camden
    Cara Stafford Jr. Forward/Midfield Geneseo Katonah/John Jay
    Justine O’Reilly Jr. Forward New Paltz West Sayville/Sayville
    Sophia Urrutia Fr. Forward New Paltz Westbury/Carle Place
    Grace Rinaldi Sr. Forward Oswego Pittsford/Pittsford-Mendon
    Kelsey Devine Jr. Midfield Brockport Clarence/Clarence
    Holly Gamlen So. Midfield Morrisville Cazenovia/Cazenovia
    Nicole Johnston Jr. Midfield Oneonta Bedford Village/Fox Lane
    Sierra Palmatier Jr. Midfield/Defense Oneonta Nineveh/Afton Central
    Monica Harvey Jr. Midfield Oswego Queensbury/Glens Falls
    Meg Redmond Jr. Defense Cortland Accord/Roundout Valley
    Megan Gangewere Jr. Goalie New Paltz Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area

     Offensive Player of the Year: Gabby Stein, Cortland
    Defensive Player of the Year: Morgan Maley, Geneseo
    Rookie of the Year: Sophia Urrutia, New Paltz

    Coach of the Year: Jess Seren, Geneseo

    Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

    One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in BusinessLiberal Arts & SciencesEngineeringFine & Performing Arts and Education.

    New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.

    Submitted by: Ryan Novitsky
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