Spring athletics in full swing

Spring athletics in full swing

March 4, 2013

Skidmore’s softball team opened its season Feb. 28 with a non-conference doubleheader against Lyndon State College at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, N.Y.

Katie Sorochka '15 (Jackson, N.J.) pitched a gem in the opening game, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out seven to earn the complete-game win for the Thoroughbreds. In the home half of the first inning, Mackenzie Whiting '16 (Ellington, Conn.) singled and a Lyndon error allowed outfielder Julia Schwartz '13 (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) to reach base. The Thoroughbreds capitalized on the misplay, producing back-to-back singles by Cassie Fishkin '13 (New City, N.Y.) and Sorochka, plating three in the process. The Thoroughbreds scored three more runs, winning by a score of 6-3.

Lyndon State bounced back in the nightcap, scoring six runs to narrowly defeat Skidmore 6-5. Lila Rosenfeld '16 (Albany, Calif.) provided instant offense for Skidmore as she smashed two home runs in the contest. Carol Brown '13 (Seattle, Wash.) also knocked in a run with a single in the sixth inning.

Fishkin took the loss for Skidmore after allowing six runs before giving way to Sorochka in the fourth inning.

Skidmore is heading south for its annual Spring Break trip where it will compete in 10 games beginning with a Saturday, March 9, contest against Wheaton College.

The men's tennis team – ranked 22nd nationally – won both of its matches over the past 10 days, defeating Vassar College Feb. 23 and New York University March 3. The Thoroughbreds now are 3-0 on the season.

Against Vassar Danny Knight '14 (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and Oliver Loutsenko '14 (Bellmore, N.Y.) won their doubles pairing (9-7), as did Jimmy Sherpa '14 (West Vancouver, B.C.) and Alec Hoblitzell '15 (Baltimore, Md.) (9-8). Nick Tong '16 (Rancho Palos Verdas, Calif.) and Kit Green-Sanderson '16 (Toronto, Ont.) also won by a score of 8-4.

Against NYU, Skidmore posted a 3-0 record in doubles action, while Loutsenko, Sherpa and Gabe Steerman '15 (Philadelphia, Pa.) won their respective singles matches.

Skidmore heads to the west coast to face California Lutheran University at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Men's lacrosse defeated Bates College 12-11 March 3 at Harvard University. Jon Hoeg '13 (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) led Skidmore with seven points (two goals, five assists). Kevin Mulvey '16 (Westfield, N.J.) scored three goals in the win, while Mike Perlow '13 (Briarcliff, N.Y.) and J.P. Sullivan '13 (Floral Park, N.Y.) each netted two. Bryan Connolly '13 (Babylon, N.Y.) tallied a goal and two assists for the Thoroughbreds. Matt Diaco '15 (Kinnelon, N.J.) had 11 saves in the game.

Skidmore will square off against Endicott College Wednesday, March 6, in Beverly, Mass.

The 16th-ranked women's tennis team competed in the prestigious ITA Division III Indoor Championships in Greencastle, Ind., March 1-3 and placed seventh overall. In the tournament's opening round, Skidmore lost 8-1 to second-seeded Carnegie Melon. Skidmore went on to lose in the second round when Washington & Lee dispatched the Thoroughbreds, 6-3. Skidmore's final match of the tournament came against 17th-ranked UW-Whitewater, whom the Thoroughbreds defeated 5-4. In the final match, Zoe Valella '15 (Weston, Conn.) won her singles match 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Nataly Mendoza '13 (San Francisco, Calif.) also won her singles match, posting scores of 6-0, 6-1. Mendoza and Lee Ford '15 (Newton, Mass.) were victorious in their doubles match (9-7).

Skidmore will host Williams College at the Williamson Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Riding remains undefeated after posting its seventh consecutive win Saturday at the Hartwick College show. Olivia Cameron '13 (Washington, D.C.) was named champion high point rider. Skidmore finished with 47 total points, seven higher than second-place finisher Hartwick.

The Thoroughbreds will compete in the Morrisville State College Show at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9.  

Women's lacrosse lost 20-19 in overtime against Mount Holyoke Saturday night in South Hadley, Mass. Lexi Melville '13 (Syosset, N.Y.) finished with seven goals to lead the Thoroughbreds in scoring. Spencer Morgan '15 (Ridgewood, N.J.) added four goals of her own, while Emma Harris '16 (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) contributed three goals in her first collegiate game.

Skidmore returns to the field at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, to host Utica College. ~ By Sean Farnsworth    

Tags: Athletics, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, riding
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