Men's lacrosse goes down to Middlebury in double OT: Sports Wrap

Posted by Isaac Baker

The men's lacrosse team suffered a brutal defeat against Middlebury last Tuesday, April 12. After two rounds of overtime, Middlebury edged out Skidmore to win 11-10 on Wachenheim field. This loss ended Skidmore's six game winning streak, making its overall record 8-2.

Middlebury went up in the first few minutes with two quick goals, but by the end of the first quarter, Skidmore was up 4-2 with a 4-0 run for momentum. The rest of the game went back and forth, each team trading goal-for-goal. With 2:16 to play, Middlebury was up 10-9 and intended to run the clock out.

Much to the chagrin of the opponent, defender Michael Jennings '11 caused a key turnover, and Mike Milazzo '12 scored the equalizer with 29 seconds to play. This was Milazzo's third goal of the game.

Both teams had chances to score in overtime, but Middlebury ultimately found the back of the net first. Mike Holden ‘13 and Matt Lavesque '11 also finished the game with three goals apiece.

The Thoroughbreds will take the field again next Saturday, April 16, against Union on their home turf.

Golf

The Skidmore golf team took first place last Sunday, April 10, in the NYU/Manhattanville Spring Invite. The team collectively scored 28 strokes less than its closest competitor, SUNY Delhi, placing it well out in front of the nine other teams, all of which scored pretty similarly.

Of the top 20 scores that day, Skidmore held seven of them - including the No. 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 spots. Anothony Dilisio '13 was Skidmore's top performer, finishing with a 72-74 — 146, one stroke behind Greg Verde (Cabrini College) and Andrew Kim (Columbia College), who tied for first.

Right on Dilisio's tail was Joseph Flowers '11, who shot a 72-75 — 147, while teammates Ryan Lloyd '11 and Peter Anderson '12 tied for fifth place at 151 strokes. Among those selected for the All-Tournament team were Dilisio, Flowers and Anderson.

Skidmore plays again April 15 at the Kravetz Invitational.

Softball

The softball team trounced Green Mountain last Thursday, April 7, in a clean sweep of the double header. Sam Crose '13 ran a tight shift in the first game, allowing no hits and just one walk in the five innings, the entire duration of the game. Caitlin Ketcham '11 went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Likewise, Charlotte Evans ‘11 also went 2-for-3, but with a two-run homer in the mix, her second this season. Katie Peverada '14 finished with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base to boot. The final score of the first game was 11-0.

Game two began much like the last ended - with Skidmore lighting up the scoreboard with six runs in the first inning. The big hit in this spree was Christina Gargiso's '13 three run double with the bases loaded. The final score of the second game was 10-1.

The Thoroughbreds Monday game was cancelled this week, but they will return to action Thursday, April 14, against MCLA on Wachenheim field and again on Saturday, April 16, away at Rochester.

Baseball

The baseball team went on a five game winning streak this past week – beating Hamilton, sweeping a double header at St. Joseph's, shutting out Middlebury and edging out Southern Vermont with a series of late goals. This streak rockets the team's overall record up to 15-5.

The Thoroughbreds started off last Thursday, April 7, down 1-0 against Hamilton in the first. Due to an excellent rotation of pitchers, including Jordan Keysor ‘13, Zack Rudman ‘12, and Chris Aulet ‘14, this would be the only run scored by the Continentals.

Skidmore strung three runs together in the bottom of the third, and then grabbed its fourth run in the sixth. The rest were scoreless, and the final score of this big home game win was 4-1.

The following sweep of St. Joe's proved to be record setting for pitcher, Nick Laracuente '11, who held onto his perfect winning streak and lead Skidmore to its 7-0, 7-2 wins last Saturday, April 9. Laracuente pitched a shutout in the opening game, improving his record to 5-0 from the mound.

This was his twentieth win at the college level, which ties the program record for collegiate wins. The shutout was also his second of the season, which ties the shutout record at Skidmore.

Last Tuesday, April 12, Skidmore kept its winning streak alive with a clean run against Middlebury. After three early runs in the first four innings that went unanswered, the Thoroughbreds drove in three more runs in the ninth to finish 6-0.

Zach Rudman '12 earned his second win of the season, throwing three shutout innings from the mound. Keysor followed Rudman's lead with three more clean innings, and two other pitchers cleaned up the rest.

The following day, Skidmore strung together a few late runs in the seventh and the eighth to win against Southern Vermont. Laracuente picked up another win, improving to 6-0 on the season – officially breaking the win record in Skidmore baseball history.

The team plays next on Saturday, April 16, in a Liberty League game at Union.

Women's lacrosse

The women's lacrosse team came up with two important wins on the road this week against Clarkson and St. Lawrence last Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, respectively, but lost to Williams on Wednesday, April 13. In Friday night's game against Clarkson, Lindsay Stavola '11 tied the program record with nine goals to push Skidmore to its 15-9 victory.

The Thoroughbreds went up five goals in the first fourteen minutes, setting the overall tempo for the game. Despite the Knights' two goal response, Skidmore volleyed again with three more before the half to break with the score 8-2.

Clarkson returned after the half with four consecutive goals, but was unable to secure a lead. After that, Skidmore fired up and pushed its way toward another victory. In addition to Stavola's staggering nine goals and two assists (her second double digit game this season), Lauren Madden '12 and Kimberly Segalas '11 each finished with two goals.

This Wednesday, Williams ended Skidmore's winning streak. To start things off, Williams scored five of the first six goals scored to take an early 5-1 lead. Lauren McCarthy '11 was solely responsible for Skidmore's scoring in the first half, putting two in the back of the net to Williams' nine.

Though the Thoroughbreds rallied in the second half, they fell short of their mark and went down 11-8.

The Thoroughbreds resume play at Wachenheim field this Friday, April 15, at 4 p.m. against Rochester.

Men's tennis

The men's tennis team picked up two wins against St. Lawrence and TCNJ this past weekend. Skidmore is now ranked tenth regionally. In the matches on Saturday, April 9, Skidmore's Luke Granger led the team to its 8-1 victory with two wins in the singles, and one doubles win when he combined with Yahia Imam '11, who also had two singles wins.

On Sunday, April 10, Skidmore got a run for its money from opponent College of NJ, but still managed to pull out a 5-4 victory. The teams battled back and forth and New Jersey won two out of the three doubles matches; however, Skidmore made up ground in the singles to win it.

Skidmore will play again Wednesday, April 20, at Williams College.

Riding

The Skidmore riding team finished second to host St. Lawrence at the Zone II national qualifying show, giving them good standing going into the show at Kentucky Horse Park in early May. After a great day of riding, Coach Cindy Ford was recognized with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Lifetime Achievement.

In her 20 seasons as Skidmore's riding coach, she has led the team to five IHSA national titles, and has helped secure the 2010 championship.

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