Riding eyes return to nationals

Riding eyes return to nationals

 

The riding team earns a return trip to nationals following a strong finish at zone championships this past week.

April 8, 2013

The Skidmore riding team earned a trip to the IHSA Nationals after finishing second in the Zone II Championships April 7 in Greenvale, N.Y.

Winning classes in the team competition were Natalie Williams '15 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) in the Novice over fences and Jiakun Fu '15 (Shanghai, China) in the Walk Trot. Keena Newton '13 (Haleiwa, Hawaii) finished second in the Advanced Walk Trot.

Skidmore also had four riders qualify for individual classes at nationals. Flavia D'Urso '13 (Chester, N.J.) was first in the Individual Open over Fences and will compete in the Cacchione Cup for the Nation's top rider. Julia Mazzarella '13 (Columbia, Conn.), Sandrine Couldwell '13 (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Bettina Salfeld '14 (North Grafton, Mass.) also qualified as individuals.

Skidmore will travel to the IHSA Nationals May 2-5, which is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

Skidmore’s men's lacrosse team won its only match of the week Wednesday, April 3, dispatching of RPI 8-6. With the win, the Thoroughbreds improve to 2-1 in league play and 4-6 overall.

Mike Perlow '13 (Briarcliff, N.Y.) led the charge with three goals and one assist on 10 shots. Kevin Mulvey '16 (Westfield, N.J.) and Matt Ohara '15 (La Jolla, Calif) each scored two goals and accounted for an assist. John Hoeg '13 (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) tallied one goal and collected two groundballs, while Bryan Connolly '13 (Babylon, N.Y.) had an assist in the win.

Skidmore travels to Hamilton for a 5 p.m. contest Wednesday, April 10.

The baseball team traveled to Canton, N.Y., for a weekend series with Liberty league foe St. Lawrence April 6-7. The Thoroughbreds went a combined 1-3 after splitting with the Saints on Saturday before losing both games Sunday. Skidmore drops to 6-10 overall and 3-5 in league play.

On Saturday, the Thoroughbreds lost the first game 4-3 before taking the second game 8-5. Leejay Pollacchi '13 (Porters Corners, N.Y.) went a combined 3-7 with two runs scored and a pair of walks. Erik Watkins '14 (Sudbury, Mass.) was 6-9 with four runs scored and two RBI combined, while Alex Barber '13 (Cambridge, Mass.) connected for four hits in nine at-bats with four RBI and a run scored.

On Sunday, the Thoroughbreds lost the opening game 2-1 before dropping the second contest 7-2 despite a 14-hit performance.

In the first game, Skidmore pitcher Jordan Keysor '13 (Cadyville, N.Y.) gave up just two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched, but ran into a St. Lawrence pitcher who surrendered a single run to earn the win for his team. Jeff Spindel '14 (New Canaan, Conn.) was a combined 3-8 on the afternoon, while Matty Tatkow '13 (Sudbury, Mass.) was 3-6 with two runs scored and a run batted in. The Thoroughbreds return home Tuesday, April 9 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against RIT.

The softball team went a combined 0-4 this weekend after being swept by Union College April 6 and RPI April 7.

Against Union, the Thoroughbreds lost the first game 5-1, before being no-hit in the second game en route to a 13-0 defeat. Cassie Fishkin '16 (New City, N.Y.) was 2-3 on the day while Carol Brown '13 (Seattle, Wash.) was 1-3. Against RPI, Skidmore was beaten 10-0 in the first game and 5-1 in the second. Julia Schwartz '13 (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) was a combined 2-5 in the series and produced Skidmore's only run with an RBI single. Brown was 2-6 in the series.

The Thoroughbreds look to turn things around Wednesday, April 10, with a doubleheader against Middlebury in Middlebury, Vt.

The women's lacrosse team lost to 18th-ranked RPI)16-9 Friday, April 5, in Troy, N.Y.

Lexi Melville '13 (Syosset, N.Y.) led the Thoroughbreds with four goals. Robin Fetterolf '14 (Huntington, N.Y.) Spencer Morgan '15 (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Peggy Healy '15 (Northborough, Mass.) each tallied a goal and an assist, while Emma Harris '16 (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) netted one goal. Skidmore, now 1-7 on the year, will return to action at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, against Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

The 20th-ranked women's tennis team made it to the championship round of the Nor'Easter Bowl in Wellesley, Mass. losing to top-ranked Amherst College in the finale April 7.

Along the way, the Thoroughbreds dispatched of Mary Washington 6-3 April 5 before defeating 21st-ranked MIT 6-3 in the semifinal round April 6. Caroline Hobbs '16 (Lafayette, Colo.) went a combined 2-1 over the weekend, twice winning at number six singles. Melissa Hirsch '14 (Alamo, Calif.) and Yumi Karlshoej '15 (West Vancouver, B.C.) won two of their number-three doubles matches. 

The Thoroughbreds return to the court at 9 a.m. April 14 when they host the College of New Jersey.

The 25th-ranked men's tennis team lost its only match of the week 8-1 to 18th-ranked Amherst Sunday, April 7, at home.

Jonah Epstein '16 (East Amherst, N.Y.) had the only win for the Thoroughbreds in his sixth singles match, winning 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. The Thoroughbreds, now 6-6 overall, will look to rebound at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, when they host Stevens Institute of Technology.

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