Sports Wrap: Field hockey falls in NCAA semifinals

Posted by Audrey Nelson

The field hockey team's 19 game winning streak came to an end in Virginia at the NCAA Semifinal game against Bowdoin College. The Thoroughbreds lost 5-0 to the Polar Bear's, finishing their season with a 20-2 record.

Despite being down 1-0 at halftime, the Thoroughbreds finished the first half outshooting Bowdoin 9-5 with an 11-4 corner advantage. In the second half, the Polar Bears outshot Skidmore 18-12, though the Thoroughbreds held a 16-10 penalty corner advantage.

The team's dream season came to a close in Virginia, but left its mark with program records for most wins (20), a 19 game winning streak and a .909 winning percentage among several individual records.


Ice hockey

The men's ice hockey team will host a "Pack the Rink" game against Bowdoin College at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. The first 400 fans will receive free T-shirts and admission. Students can ride a free shuttle bus to the ice rink for the 7 p.m. game.

During the game, the team will also be holding a can drive to benefit the "Skidmore Cares" program. The team will also hold the can drive at its game Dec. 4 against Colby College and on Dec. 7 against SUNY Plattsburgh.

On Nov. 23, the men lost a non-league game 6-5 against SUNY Potsdam. In the second period, the Thoroughbreds were down 4-1, but picked up speed with a goal by junior Jack Walsh at 0:54 in the second and a goal at 0:21 in the third by Nick Dupuis '12.

After the Bears brought the score up to 5-3, Skidmore battled back to tie the game at 5-5 with goals by Alex Radmin '13 at 9:12 and Brendan Cottam '13 at 9:51. Ultimately, Potsdam's Matt Rhymer '12 made the game-winning shot at 13:13.

The team hosted the Skidmore Invitational Hockey Tournament on Nov. 27 where the Thoroughbreds lost to Buffalo State 4-0.  Buffalo continued on to play Southern Maine where the team won 3-0 in the championship game. In its consolation game against 15th ranked Elmira College, the Thoroughbreds won 4-2. In the first period, Skidmore picked up two goals. Hunter Thayer '11 scored his third goal of the season followed by the 2-0 goal at 16:38 from first-year Aaron Beck, his first collegiate goal.

Vlad Gavrik ‘14 scored early in the second period to make it 3-0, but Elmira answered back late in the period when Rick Acorn '12 scored at the 19:17 mark to make it 3-1. Thayer scored Skidmore's final goal of the game at the 6:54 mark in the third period, while Mark Morikawa '13 finished up the scoring at 4-2.


Men's Basketball

Skidmore's men's basketball team won its game 87-78 against Hartwick College Nov. 30. The Thoroughbreds improved to 3-1, while the Hawks fall 2-3. With 5:37 left on the clock in the second half, the Thoroughbreds made 12 unanswered shots to secure the win.

Junior John Mantas began the streak with a 3-pointer, followed by a second 3-pointer from Melvis Langyintuo '12. Senior Jeff Altimar contributed two shots to the run and ended the streak with another 3-pointer.

Altimar added 21 points to the board while Langyintuo put up 20, and made eight rebounds. Terron Victoria '12 scored 11 points for the Thoroughbreds, and Gerard O'Shea '12 had a game-high eight assists.

Skidmore will host the Hilton Garden Inn Tournament on Dec. 4, and will face Bard College at 4 p.m.


Women's Basketball

Oneonta went on a 6-0 run, and Skidmore wasn't able to come back. In the second round of the Invitational, the Thoroughbreds lost 74-57 to SUNY Cortland. On Nov. 30, Skidmore made a come back win over Hartwick College 89-37. The Thoroughbreds improve to 2-2, while the Hawks fall to 3-2. Sophomore Logan Frederick scored 10 points and made 11 rebounds, while teammate Christina Gargiso '12 scored a game-high 15.

Four Skidmore players scored double figures in the game including first-year Jordyn Wartts (12), senior Christine Kemp (11), junior Jesse Kavana (11) and first-year Michela Ottati (10).

The women finished the first half with a 50-20 lead. The second half continued the same lead, finishing the game at 89-37.

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