Thoroughbreds clinch playoff berth with 2-0 win at St. Lawrence

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CANTON-- The Skidmore College field hockey remained perfect in Liberty League play with Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over St. Lawrence.

The 5th-ranked Thoroughbreds improve to 4-0 in league play and 10-1 overall, clinching a spot in the Liberty League Tournament. They have now won 18 straight against Liberty League opponents. The Saints fall to 1-2 in league and 7-5 overall.

The Thoroughbreds controlled the majority of the offense throughout the game, but especially in the first half where the visitors outshot St. Lawrence 15-2. Only 1:16 into the first half, Skidmore took a 1-0 lead on Kelly Blackhurst's '14 13th goal of the year. Annie Rosencrans '12 centered the ball in front of St. Lawrence goalie Nicole Matos where Blackhurst was able to slap the ball into the cage for an early lead.

Skidmore would strike again at 18:46 on a pretty goal by Ceilidh MacNeill '13 to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Sam Skott '15 sent a pass in front to MacNeill, who re-directed the ball beautifully past Matos for her fifth goal of the campaign to cap the game's scoring.

St. Lawrence would have several quality chances in the second half, including a pair of penalty corners, but were unable to solve Skidmore goalie Haley McDougall '15. Matos made several excellent stops to keep her team in the game, but St. Lawrence would eventually fall by the 2-0 margin. Matos closed with 14 saves in the game, while McDougall made four stops. Skidmore held a 22-7 advantage in shots and a 12-3 advantage in penalty corners.?The Thoroughbreds host Utica on at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12.


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