Fall sports teams in full swing

Posted by Pat Babbitt and Gabe Weintraub

Men's soccer


Utica 2, Skidmore 1

A penalty kick in extra time dropped the Thoroughbreds to 3-2-1 on Wednesday, lifting Utica to a 2-1 victory. Skidmore led for most of the first half, then surrendered a tying goal in the 60th minute.

The score remained tied to the end of regulation. Six minutes into extra time the Thoroughbreds were called for a penalty in the box, and Utica was awarded and converted a penalty shot, giving them the win.

The team plays next on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., hosting SUNY Plattsburgh.


RIT 3, Skidmore 0

At home, the men's soccer team lost 3-0 to RIT in the last game of the 2010 Skidmore Alumni Invitational.

Skidmore battled back and forth with RIT throughout the majority of the first half. RIT did not score its first goal until the 40th minute. Shortly after half, in the 50th minute of play, RIT gained a commanding lead with a second goal, followed eventually by a third.


Skidmore 0, St. Vincent 0

In the first game of the Skidmore Alumni Invitational, the Thoroughbreds finished against the Bearcats with a tie, though Skidmore outshot the Bearcats 28-4.


Skidmore 4, Lehman 0

The Cardinal Classic

Senior Matt Kelsey bolstered the Thoroughbreds in a bid for their third straight win. With two goals and one assist, Kelsey would later be named tournament offensive MVP. The Thoroughbreds controlled the tempo, outshooting Lehman 47-1.


Skidmore 3, Southern Maine 0

The Cardinal Classic

In the first game of the Cardinal Classic, junior Diego Reinero led the charge by scoring the first goal of three by the team, in the 70th minute. Skidmore outshot Southern Maine 11-9.

Women's soccer


Skidmore 3, Kenyon 1

The Cortland Red Dragon Invitational

Skidmore outshot and outscored Kenyon 20-3 and 3-1, respectively, as the women's team improved to 2-1-1. First year Christine Bellotti led the Thoroughbreds with two goals, with first year Gab Lawrence and junior Meghan Sleezer splitting the time in the net. Neither allowed a goal and Sleezer received the win. The women's soccer team went 1-0-1 at the tournament.

Bellotti would later earn co-rookie of the week honors due to her performance at the tournament. Skidmore improves to 2-1-1, and Kenyon falls to 1-4.

The team will host Manhattanville College on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.


Skidmore 2, Cortland 2

The Cortland Red Dragon Invitational

The Thoroughbreds team battled back against Cortland College, tying their hosts 2-2 and holding through double overtime. Both goalies, Lawrence and Sleezer recorded saves.

Skidmore outshot Cortland 20-15 in the contest.


Skidmore 4, New Paltz 1

At home, Skidmore beat New Paltz 4-1, the effort spearheaded by junior Elena Stansky who scored two goals in the Skidmore Invitational Tournament.


Plattsburgh 2, Skidmore 0

In their first game hosting the Skidmore Invitational Soccer Tournament, the women lost 2-0 to Plattsburgh, who scored both goals early in the first half. Both Thoroughbred goalies, Sleezer and Lawrence, made three saves. Although managing to outshoot their opponents 11-9, Skidmore was unable to beat the Plattsburgh goalie.

Field hockey


Skidmore 5, New Paltz 1

Senior Christine Kemp and first year Kelly Blackhurst combined for five goals to lead the No. 10 ranked Thoroughbreds past New Paltz, 5-1. The win brought the team's record to 2-1.

Senior Thoroughbred goalie  Liz Catinella allowed one goal and made one save.

The team next plays at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 when they open league at home against Union College.


Cortland 3, Skidmore 0

No. 5 ranked SUNY Cortland  shut out Skidmore 3-0, improving their record to 2-0.

Catinella had 12 saves.


Skidmore 8, Castleton State  1

The Thoroughbreds opened their season by rolling over Castleton State, 8-1. Sophomore Annie Rosencrans had two goals and two assists on the game.



Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational

The Thoroughbreds shot a third-round 296 to finish third of 15 in the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational played at the Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club in Haines City, Florida.  The team finished ahead of defending NCAA champion Methodist College

First year Scott Pinder was Skidmore's top finisher, shooting a final round 71 to finish tied for 15th.

Skidmore is at the Middlebury Duke Nelson Invitational Saturday and Sunday.



Ithaca - Ithaca College Bomber Invitational

Skidmore volleyball went 3-1 at the tournament, improving upon their first two wins. The Thoroughbreds beat Geneseo, Union and Rutgers-Newark, but lost their second match to Baptist Bible.

In the first game, Skidmore beat Geneseo 3-1, with significant contributions by senior Meredith Palmer, junior Kelley Vershbow and sophomores Sam Friedman, Mallory Mendelsohn and Carolyn Botterlier.

Skidmore's only loss in the tournament was dealt by Baptist Bible. Vershbow, Palmer and Mendelsohn played well, offering a combined 31 kills, 11 digs and 18 assists.

Skidmore volleyball plays next on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Union College Invitational.


Skidmore College beat both Union College and then Sage College 3-0, starting the season 2-0, recording match scores of 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 and then 25-14, 25-21, 25-15.

Men's tennis


Skidmore's men's tennis team opened its 2010 fall season at the Middlebury Invitational after falling to the host school in the second round of the NCAA tournament in May.

Senior Yahia Imam and first year Oliver Loutsenko both reached the semifinals of the Singles C flight and freshman Danny Knight reached the semifinals of the Singles D flight.

The Thoroughbreds host Connecticut College at noon on Sept. 19.

Women's tennis


Williams Invitational

First year Keirsten Sires represented the Skidmore women's tennis team in singles, and also in doubles, accompanied by classmate Sophia Bryan-Ajania.

Sires went 3-0 in singles, defeating Middlebury's Lauren Kelly 6-3, 6-2, Blake Harries 6-3, 6-1 and Whitney Hanson 6-0, 6-3.?Sires and Bryan-Ajania went 1-1 together, losing 8-2 to Williams' doubles team of Li/Shoemaker, but winning 8-6 over Middlebury's team of Paradies/Hanson.

The team next plays on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m., hosting Connecticut College.

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