Posted by Skidmore Athletics
SARATOGA SPRINGS— The 5th-ranked Skidmore College field hockey team won its 25th consecutive home game, defeating Utica 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Thoroughbreds improve to 11-1, while the Pioneers fall to 8-5.
Annie Rosencrans '12 got the scoring started for Skidmore, taking a pass from Caylyn Sullivan '12 on the wing and sending it home at the 7:13 mark. The Thoroughbreds controlled the game offensively through most of the first half but at the 31-minute mark, Utica's Mallory Mariano lifted a shot that appeared to be going in before Hilary Cranston '13 made a defensive save on the goal line to help take a 1-0 lead into the half.
Skidmore made it 2-0 at the 40:29 mark on Kelly Blackhurst's '14 14th goal of the season. Sullivan sent a pass to Blackhurst in the circle that she corralled and beat Utica goalie Monica Storms. Sam Skott '15 pushed the lead to three goals at the 52:36 mark, redirecting a shot from Rosencrans for her fourth goal of the season.
Louise Steele-Norton was able to get the Pioneers on the board late in the second half, deflecting home a pass from Rebecca Corsones, but that would cap the game scoring, giving the Thoroughbreds the 3-1 victory.
Haley McDougall '15 finished with two saves to pick up her 10th win of the season, while Storms finished with six stops for Utica.
Skidmore outshot the Pioneers 21-4 and held a 14-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The Thoroughbreds host Wheaton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.