GENESEO, N.Y. – Julia Kim enjoyed earning All-American honors so much in 2018, that she decided to do it again this year.
The Lakeland 2016 graduate and SUNY Geneseo senior defender was named second team Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-American, after being named to the third team the previous season.
The first Geneseo player to earn All-American honors twice, Kim anchored a defensive unit that gave up just 1.31 goals per game and registered 8 shutouts.
Kim was also named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.
“It is an incredible honor to be able to represent Geneseo,” said Kim, who finished the season with 9 goals, 3 assists, 3 defensive saves, and 2 game-winners.
“Being able to put Geneseo field hockey on the map for up and coming field-hockey players will only allow more success for the program in the future,” Kim said. “I am also honored to be amongst some of the most talented athletes to come through Geneseo.”
To be named a two-time captain and a two-time All-American speaks volumes of how she was endeared by her coaches, teammates and opponents, said Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen.
“We are so proud of Julia and the career she had at Geneseo,” Sarsen said. “She came right into that program and established her leadership, knowledge, ability and experience. Julia has always been a winner and she played with the energy and confidence that is required. Lakeland is proud of the person and player that Julia has become, and she has continued to grow the Lakeland legacy.”
A legacy Kim is an integral part of, as she won three state titles and was named regional All-American while playing for the Hornets.
“Lakeland prepared me tremendously,” Kim said. “Coach Sarsen not only taught me how to play field hockey at a high level, but she also taught me how to be a good person, and how to work hard, in order to earn results.”
Team wise, Kim was part of a special season at Geneseo. The Knights recorded 19 wins and tallied 88 goals, both program records, and went to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time.
“It was extremely exciting and rewarding to be part of this team during such a historic season,” Kim said. “I believe the team was as successful as it was due to the commitment level, and dedication, that everyone on the team put in during the entire season.”
The biggest highlight of the season for Kim was winning the SUNYAC championship game, 4-3, in double overtime against SUNY Cortland. The game was played on Geneseo’s home field at College Stadium.
“It gave the recognition the field-hockey program rightfully deserved, through USA field hockey, the athletics department, the school, and the community,” said Kim, who scored a goal in the title game. “After winning, more people started to give credit to the field-hockey program, in all its glory. Also, the fact that the game-winner was scored by a fellow senior, Erin Nolan, meant all our hard work for the program, through the years, was rewarded in a single instant.”
For the 19-3 Knights, it was their third SUNYAC championship, and first since 2016. Geneseo also won the first ever SUNYAC tournament in 2010.
Another Lakeland graduate, Cara O’Shea, was also a member of Geneseo’s championship squad. O’Shea, a freshman forward who tallied 5 goals and 2 assists, played in 17 games, starting two of them.
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