Sports Wrap: Tailgait 2010 edition

Posted by Audrey Nelson

On Oct. 30, Skidmore hosted the 2010 Tailgate event to promote Skidmore athletics. Specifically, the tailgate promoted home games from men's and women's crew, volleyball, women's soccer, field hockey and men's soccer.

Additionally, residence halls competed for a $250 prize for a dorm activity or purchase, determined by the attendance percentage of each dorm. McClellan Hall won in 2008, followed by Kimball Hall in 2009. Kimball took the prize again this year in the tailgate's closest competition yet.

Women's volleyball

The Thoroughbreds finished 2-2 at the Skidmore College Volleyball Invitational on Tailgate Saturday. On Oct. 29, the team won 3-1 against SUNY Plattsburgh, and 3-1 against Ithaca College but the following day the girls lost 1-3 to SUNY Cortland and 0-3 to SUNY New Paltz.

Senior Meredith Palmer was named to the All-Tournament team on behalf of the Thoroughbreds and will play with student-athletes from New Paltz, Cortland, Ithaca and Union.

Both Mallory Mendelsohn '13 and Carolyn Bottelier '13 recorded double-doubles on Friday, with Mendelsohn making 44 assists and 10 digs in the Plattsburgh game, and in the Ithaca game with Bottelier performing 13 kills and 11 digs.

In the Plattsburgh match, Bottelier had 18 kills, sophomore Samantha Friedman had 25 digs and freshman Corinne Palmer made eight blocks. Friedman also had 27 digs in the Ithaca game, while Mendelsohn had 48 assists and Meredith Palmer had four blocks, 17 kills and a .459 hitting percentage.

The team will travel to St. Lawrence for the Liberty League Tournament on Nov. 5.

Women's soccer

Skidmore's women's soccer team finished out its regular season with an overtime tie against Nazareth College on Tailgate Saturday at Wachenheim Field. 18 minutes into the first half, Skidmore goalie Meghan Sleezer '12 made her first of six saves in the game, when Nazareth's Meagan Rivera '11 made the first shot on goal.

The Thoroughbreds missed an opportunity to win in the second half when the Golden Flyers' goalie Hillary Simon '11 saved a penalty kick in the 77th minute. In the first overtime period, Skidmore landed what looked like the winning goal until a late offside call negated the early victory.

The Thoroughbreds had 15-6 shot and 5-0 corner advantages, but the game lied in the hands of the goalies. Sleezer's six saves earned her Skidmore's fourth shutout of the season, while Simon made her eighth shutout for Nazareth with five saves.

In the Liberty League semifinals on Nov. 3, Skidmore lost 2-1 to 10th-ranked William Smith College at Cozzens Field. In the first half, the Herons had a 10-0 shot advantage, and William Smith senior BreLynn Nasypany scored the game's first goal in the 12th minute. The Herons finished the first half with a second goal at the 36th minute.

Skidmore made a come back in the second half, putting the score up to 2-1 at the 67th minute with a goal from first-year Christine Bellotti. Kelsey Yam '13 sent a crossing pass assist to Bellotti who shot into the back of the net, scoring her sixth goal of the season.

The Thoroughbreds held the shot advantage in the second half of 8-4, but could not overcome the Heron's first half play.

Men's soccer

The men's team ended their season on Oct. 30 with a loss to Union College of 2-1. The Dutchmen came from behind to take the win and will move onto play Rensselaer in the semifinals.

The Thoroughbreds ended the season at 7-8-4 overall and 1-4-2 in Liberty League play. Tim Lueders-Dumont '12 scored his first goal of the season with a pass from Matt Kelsey '11, heading it into the net at the 39th minute.

At the 66:57 mark Union tied the score with another header from sophomore Sebastian Jansen. Dutchmen player, Marc Zeyak '12 made the game-winning goal at the 79:21 mark, his sixth of the season. Union held the shot advantage throughout the game, finishing with a 15-9 edge.

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