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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly Blackhurst '14 recorded four assists to become the youngest player in program history to record 100 career points as the 5th-ranked Skidmore College field hockey defeated Geneseo 6-1.
The four assists ties a single game record, becoming just the fourth player to accomplish the feat and first since Jodi Wheeler and Molly McClellan did it in 1998. With her third assist of the day, Blackhurst became the 12th player in program history to record 100 career points, joining Annie Rosencrans '12, who reached the feat two games earlier, as the most recent player to reach the mark.
The Thoroughbreds close out the regular season with a 16-1 record and will host St. Lawrence on Nov. 2 in the Liberty League semifinals. Skidmore has now won eight straight and extended its home winning streak to 27 games. With the loss, the Knights fall to 10-9.
Ceilidh MacNeil '13 got the scoring started at the 13:43 mark, redirecting a shot from Blackhurst past Geneseo keeper Caitlyn Dowell to make it 1-0. At the 20:07 mark, Lauren Tobias '12 received a centering pass from Blackhurst and sent it home for her 13th goal of the season. Rosencrans made it 3-0 at the 31:46 mark when she took a pass from Blackhurst and blasted it from the top of the circle. The Knights responded at the 32:08 mark as sophomore Kayla DeAngelis picked up a loose ball in front and beat Thoroughbred goalie Haley McDougall '15 for her 17th of the season, making it 3-1 at half.
Just over 10 minutes in to the second half, Rosencrans scored again, this time on a shot from the wing off a penalty corner to make it 4-1. Jackie Slocombe '12 and Hilary Cranston '13 assisted on the goal. At the 52:08 mark, Rosencrans scored her third goal of the game and 14th of the season, redirecting MacNeill's pass from outside the circle. MacNeill capped the scoring at the 68:12 mark, redirecting a pass from Blackhurst for her second of the game, giving Skidmore the 6-1 victory.
McDougall made five saves to improve to 15-1, while Dowell finished with eight saves for Geneseo.
The Thoroughbreds outshot the Knights 19-7 and held an 11-3 advantage in penalty corners.