Sports Wrap: No. 5 field hockey to host NCAA Regional

Posted by Audrey Nelson

Skidmore's field hockey team won its third consecutive Liberty League Championship on Nov. 6 over Hamilton College with a final score of 4-1.

Senior Christine Kemp scored two of the Thoroughbred's goals and assisted on the other two. She now has 71 career points for the season, surpassing the previous record of 69, on her way to being named Tournament MVP.

Skidmore has won 17 straight games with a perfect home score of 12-0. Kemp made the first goal at the 5:26 mark with assist from Annie Rosencrans '12.

Within five minutes of the second half, junior Jess Danker scored the second goal of the game with a pass across the circle from Kemp. Kemp made the score 3-0 at the 53:14 mark for her 25th goal of the season. Soon after, the Continentals came back with a goal from senior Coleen Callaghan. But within a minute, the Thoroughbreds came back with a goal from Rosencrans to make the score 4-1.

Since this win, the team moved up to 5th in the most recent Kookaburra/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll.

Skidmore has been selected to host one of four NCAA Division III Tournament Regionals. Tournament play will begin on Skidmore's field at 10 a.m. on Sat. Nov. 13. The Thoroughbreds will play The College of New Jersey.

The college will host the second and third rounds of the championship both Saturday and Sunday, where Skidmore's field hockey team will be making its fourth straight and 10th overall NCAA tournament appearance. Sunday's quarterfinal game will begin at 1 p.m. and the winner will advance to the NCAA III finals held Nov. 20-21 at Christopher Newport University.

In the 2009 NCAA quarterfinals, Skidmore lost to Tufts University. The Thoroughbreds made its best NCAA showing in 2001 at the semifinals.

The 2010 Liberty League All-Tournament Team consists of six Skidmore players out of its total 11.

The Thoroughbreds named to the team include Christine Kemp '11 (MVP), Liz Catinella '11, Annie Rosencrans '12, Lauren McCarthy '11, Claire Superak ‘11 and Julia Sarni '11.

Volleyball

The volleyball team concluded its season with a 1-3 record at the Liberty League Championship at St. Lawrence University.

During the event, Skidmore senior Meredith Palmer was selected Liberty League player of the year and Sam Friedman '13 was named to the All-Liberty First Team along with Kelley Vershbow ‘12 and Mallory Mendelsohn ‘13. Palmer was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

At St. Lawrence, the Thoroughbreds opened with a 3-1 win over Union College. The women then lost 3-2 to Vassar, and dropped 3-1 in its third match against the host team. In the final match, Clarkson beat the Thoroughbreds 3-0.

Liberty League honors

Liberty League recognized three Skidmore field hockey players this week and an athlete on the college's swimming and diving team.

Christine Kemp '11 was named offensive performer of the week while teammate Liz Catinella '11 received defensive player of the week. First year Kelly Blackhurst was named rookie of the week. Kemp also earned Tournament MVP honors.

Stephen Lento '11 of the swimming and diving team earned co-swimmer of the week awards after winning three events in Skidmore's 146-121 win at Vassar.

He won the 200 Free, 500 Free and the 200 IM. The Thoroughbreds will host St. Rose at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13.

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