Thoroughbreds cruise past Wheaton, 6-1

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Eight different players recorded a point as No. 5 Skidmore defeated Wheaton, 6-1 in Sunday's non-league field hockey matchup at Thoroughbred Field.

The Thoroughbreds improve to 12-1, extending their home winning streak to 26 games, while the Lyons fall to 7-7.

Just over five minutes in, Ceilidh MacNeill '13 got the scoring started with her sixth goal of the season. MacNeill redirected a shot from the top of the circle by Annie Rosencrans '12 to make it 1-0. At the 24:40 mark, Skidmore made it 2-0 with another redirection, this time by Kelly Blackhurst '14 with the assist to Molly Gile '13. The Thoroughbreds made it 3-0 with 25 seconds remaining in the half on Blackhurst's second goal of the game. Rosencrans sent a perfect leading pass to Blackhurst, who was able to sneak it past Wheaton goalie Ellie Massengill.

Skidmore remained in control in the second half as Rosencrans pushed the lead to four, scoring on a corner for her ninth tally of the season. Lauren Tobias '12 and Hilary Cranston '13 assisted on the goal. At the 51:10 mark, Blackhurst sent a lift in to the circle that Sam Skott '15 was able to control and score on to make it 5-0. Tobias capped off Skidmore's scoring at the 61:22 mark, when she redirected Alison Frey's '12 pass from outside the circle for her 10th goal of the season.

The Lyons were able to get on the board late, Emily Asack sent a shot on goal that was saved by Haley McDougall '15, but Carmela Luzi got the rebound and put it in to avoid the shutout.

McDougall made two saves in 64:54 of action and Amy Beck '15 finished the game in goal for Skidmore, not facing a shot over the final 5:06. Massengill finished with 14 saves for Wheaton.

The Thoroughbreds outshot the Lyons, 27-5 and held a 12-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Skidmore resumes league play on Oct. 21 at Union.

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