Field Hockey, Volleyball headed to NCAA tourneys

The season continues for Skidmore’s field hockey and volleyball teams as each received bids to their respective NCAA Division III tournaments on Monday.

The volleyball team earned its second straight and eighth overall NCAA tournament bid.
The Thoroughbreds finished the regular season with a record of 26-7 and will face SUNY New Paltz (32-8) in Friday’s opening round at Clarkson University.  The winner will face the winner of Colby-Sawyer (18-13) and SUNY Cortland (33-5) in Saturday's regional semifinal with the championship being played on Sunday.
The other half of the bracket features Middlebury (22-6) against Southern Vermont (24-6) and Nazareth (22-14) taking on host Clarkson (28-6).
Skidmore received an at-large bid after falling to Clarkson in Saturday's Liberty League Championship match.

For the field hockey team, it was the sixth straight and 12th overall NCAA tournament invite. Skidmore (13-5) shut out UMass Dartmouth (17-5) Wednesday at Wagner Field. The team moves onto the second round for the fourth straight year, having defeated UMass Dartmouth 6-0.

The Thoroughbreds’ victory sets up a rematch with top-seeded Middlebury (17-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Middlebury.  Earlier this season, the Panthers picked up at 2-1 victory at Skidmore, which turned out to be the Thoroughbreds’ only home loss during the season. Saturday’s winner will take on the winner of the other regional matchup between DePauw (19-1) and Utica (15-5). The final is scheduled at Middlebury on Sunday.

Skidmore (14-5) is one of three teams (William Smith, Rochester) representing the Liberty League in this year’s round of 16. The Thoroughbreds received an at-large bid to the 24-team event after losing in 3-2 in overtime to the University of Rochester in the Liberty League finals.