Sports wrap: Field hockey wins 3 consecutive games

Posted by Audrey Nelson

Advancing to No. 1 in Liberty League standings, the field hockey team won all three of its games this week, against St. Lawrence, Hamilton and Hartwick College.

The No. 7 Thoroughbreds won their 2nd straight Liberty League regular-season game against Hamilton College on Oct. 24. Skidmore dominated the first half with a 17-1 shot advantage, but the Continentals made a come back, taking 17 shots in the final 35 minutes.

Junior Annie Rosencrans made her 14th goal of the season in the 6th minute, starting off the Thoroughbreds early with a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Ceilidh MacNeill scored her 4th goal of the season on a close range shot at the 20:41 mark, putting the team at a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The Continentals' Nikki Haskins put the score at 2-1 with 22:38 remaining, but didn't keep up the momentum, resulting in Hamilton's first loss since Sept. 14.

The team's 7-0 win against Hartwick College on Oct. 27 set the Thoroughbreds at 15-1 for the season, while the Hawks fell to 4-12. Senior Christine Kemp scored four goals and had one assist adding to her now 178 career points, only three points away from holding a new record. The team has won 14 straight games, tying a program record from 1999.

Kemp landed the first goal of the game in the 9th minute, followed by a goal at the 15:25 mark from Katie Potter '11, with assist from senior Claire Superak.

The Thoroughbreds finished the half at 3-0 with a second goal from Kemp. 22 seconds into the second half, Brittany O'Brien '11 deflected a pass past the Hawk's goalie, her fifth goal of the season. After the team's 5th and 6th goals from Kemp, junior Lauren Tobias landed the team's last goal at the 61:01 mark, making the final score 7-0. The women will host Wheaton College at 1 p.m. Oct. 30, to wrap up their regular season.

Men's soccer at CROP Walk

On Oct. 17, members of the men's soccer team volunteered at the 31st annual CROP Walk in downtown Saratoga Springs. Coordinated by the Church World Service, CROP Walks serve to raise awareness about world hunger and poverty. With over 16,000 walks across the nation annually, the total amount of money raised exceeds $15 million.

The walk in Saratoga Springs began in Congress Park and extended up Broadway and along several side streets until finishing again in the park. The team volunteered as crossing guards, halting traffic when necessary and ensuring the safety of the walkers throughout.

The men's team would like to thank those who participated in and organized the event and look forward to volunteering in the coming years.

Women's soccer

After a scoreless first half, the women's soccer team scored three goals in the second half of its game against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Oct. 24, finishing the game with a 3-0 win. The Thoroughbreds improve to 10-4-2 while the Engineers fall to 4-9-2.

Junior Gabi Palacio landed the first goal in the 48th minute, and knocked in the second goal at the 60:55 mark after a deflection off the Engineers' goalkeeper. The shutout was achieved after sophomore Ali Evans' goal in the 84th minute, ending the game at 3-0. The Thoroughbreds will host Nazareth College at noon on Oct. 30.

Liberty League honors

The Liberty League honored five Skidmore College student-athletes this week for their performance in the past week.

After earning its second consecutive Liberty League regular season title, the field hockey team received three honors.

Junior Annie Rosencrans picked up co-offensive performer of the week, senior Liz Catinella was named defensive performer of the week, and first year teammate Kelly Blackhurst earned co-rookie of the week honors.

Both senior Meredith Palmer and Corinne Palmer '14 of the volleyball team earned weekly honors for the third straight week in a row. Meredith was named performer of the week for the 4th week in a row, while her sister Corinne picked up co-rookie of the week for the 5th time of the season.

The volleyball team will host the Skidmore Invitational on Oct. 29 and 30 at the Williamson Sports Center.

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