SCOTIA — The Scotia-Glenville field hockey team knew it would celebrate its four seniors Tuesday night, and the night became even more memorable when one of its senior stars reached a career milestone.
The Tartans saluted its four senior co-captains — Marlee Mancini, Olivia Geniti, and Angelina and Isabella Regels — prior to its Foothills Council matchup with visiting Gloversville, and then celebrated Geniti’s 100th career point late in the first quarter.
The University of Maine commit and four-year starter for Scotia-Glenville scored three goals and had an assist in the first quarter of Tuesday’s 14-0 win over Gloversville to pass the century mark.
She finished the night with three goals and five assists.
“I think it made it special, to be on our home field in front of my family who was here, everyone gathered together to watch us,” Geniti said. “I think it was nice to have it all in one night.”
Geniti celebrated her 100th career point the same way she did the majority of her goals during her four-year career — high-fives with teammates before hustling back to midfield for the game to restart.
Mancini scored four goals and had an assist on the night, as each of Scotia-Glenville’s seniors scored at least one goal on their senior night. Angelina Regels had three goals and an assist, and Isabella Regels scored one goal.
Mancini’s final goal came off an assist from Geniti, who ended the night with 105 career points.
“I think it’s amazing because she is such a team player,” Mancini said. “She’s not a person who just goes for every goal; she wants everyone to be able to score. She wants everyone to have those meaningful moments during the game.”
“I feel like I celebrate more for my teammates than I do for myself; just seeing them score makes me happier,” Geniti said. “Scoring for me is just a job, but watching them score is just nice.”
Scotia-Glenville coach Kaila Jackson appreciates Geniti’s team-first style.
“She could just go down and just keep scoring by herself, but she’s a team player. She’s a captain. She always leads by example and always pushes all the girls to be better,” Jackson said.
Geniti has been playing field hockey since first grade and competed with both the ADK Field Hockey Club locally and the HTC [Hear the Cheers] Field Hockey Club based in Connecticut. This past summer, she was invited to compete as part of the U-19 USA Field Hockey Nexus Championship event in Virginia.
“She brings all that experience and all that knowledge back here and shares it with everyone,” Jackson said. “She just leads by example every single day.”
Geniti said she prides herself on her ability to see the whole field in game situations.
“I think it shows both my ability to score but to also be there for my team, to look for the right pass and the right option,” Geniti said.
Tuesday was already slated to be an exciting night since it was senior night, but the 100-point career mark was in the back of her mind.
“Over the years, you kind of notice [scoring totals], but I didn’t want to worry about it too much because if that’s all you are focusing on, you’re not focused about the team,” Geniti said. “It’s a big achievement, but you just have to play the game and see how it went.”
Gloversville 0 0 0 0 — 0
Scotia-Glenville 6 4 4 0 — 14
Gloversville scoring: None. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Geniti 3-5, Mancini 4-1, An. Regels 3-1, Mo. Westbrook 1-1, Darling 1-1, I. Regels 1-0, Kramer 1-0, Wheeler 0-1. Goalies: Gloversville, Dew, 14 saves. Scotia-Glenville, Ma. Westbrook, 2.
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