Fall sports wrapup
by Bob Ewell
Meehan '03 takes control of the ball.
The men won seven
of their final eight games to post an 8-6-1 overall record. The Thoroughbreds
were 1-4-1 in the UCAA; the win was a 2-1 overtime victory against Rensselaer,
and the tie was a 2-2 standoff with Union.
Andrew Simon 02
earned all-UCAA honors with 14 goals and five assists for 33 points. Chris Chimento
03 added seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
The women finished
2-4 in the UCAA and 3-12-1 overall. They pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 win over
NYSWCAA tournament team St. Lawrence University and then lost a tough 1-0 decision
to NCAA finalist Scranton.
Lisa Duff 00
led the team in scoring, with two goals and two assists. Lara Pence 01 also
had two goals. Siobhan Sutton 00 was a first-team all-conference selection
in the backfield.
The team had its
best season ever, with a 38-5 record and its first trip to the NCAA tournament.
In the New York Regional phase of the NCAA tourney, held at SUNY-Cortland, Skidmore
beat Hunter College (15-5, 15-8, 15-9) but then lost the semifinal to Ithaca College
(15-3, 15-9, 15-6).
Earlier in the
season, Skidmore beat Elmira (7-15, 15-9, 15-9, 9-15, 15-13) to win its first
New York State Womens Collegiate Athletic Association title. The Thoroughbreds
also won a second straight Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association title. Setter
Courtney Lee 01 was named UCAA Player of the Year; she was ranked third
nationally among Division III players in service aces (1.07 per game) and 15th
in assists (11.59). Kathy Tschampel 02 was 18th nationally in kills (4.33
per game). Lee, Tschampel, and Tina Hutten 01 were selected to the NYSWCAA
broke almost every team and individual record, including wins (38) and winning
percentage (.902). Lees assist and ace marks are all-time team records.
Tschampel set a new kills-per-season mark, Hutten made the most digs (601), and
Erika Kondo 03 has the most blocks (159). Coach Hilda Arrechea also hit
the 100-win mark and now has a 105-62 record in her five seasons at Skidmore.
season for field hockey included an 18-2 record, a first UCAA title, a first NYSWCAA
title, and a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Skidmore opened NCAA
tournament play by beating Susquehanna University, 3-2, but then lost a heartbreaking
4-3 decision to Amherst in a penalty-stroke tiebreaker.
William Smith, 3-2, in the regular season to win the UCAA title and then again,
3-2 in overtime, to claim the NYSWCAA title.
00 led the team in scoring, with 20 goals and 20 assists for a school-record
60 points. Carrie Weiner 02 added 18 goals and 10 assists, Jen Collins 00
had 20 and four, and Jodi Wheeler 01 scored 11 and six. Wheeler was the
NYSWCAA Tournament MVP. McClellan, Collins, and Lacey French 01 were selected
to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America Division III team.
Weiner and Wheeler were named to the NFHCA regional second-team.
began the spring at No. 4 in the nation, and No. 1 in their district, in the MasterCard
Collegiate Golf Division III rankings.
Skidmore won six
tournaments in the fall, including a third straight Eastern College Athletic Conference
championship, which includes teams from all three NCAA divisions; the Thoroughbreds
are the only Division III team to win more than one ECAC championship. The team
also beat second-ranked Greensboro and fifth-ranked UC San Diego in the
Rolex/MasterCard Match Play championship in October at the Jekyll Island Golf
Club in Georgia.
Joey Pohle 02,
averaging 72.7 strokes per round, led the team in the fall, with four wins and
four second-place finishes. Jared Tendler 00, with 75.7 strokes per round,
won one tournament and had four top-five finishes. Ben Bates 03, at 77.9,
also had a win.
team finished the fall season with an 8-2 record, including a fifth straight UCAA
title and a sixth straight NYSWCAA championship. Amy Wachenheim 01 compiled
an 18-4 record at number-one singles, including a second straight ITA Rolex East
regional singles title. Wachenheim and Lisa Powers 01 combined for a 17-3
doubles record and an ITA Rolex East doubles crown. Heather Wood 01 was
14-4 at number-two singles.
tennis team went 2-2 this fall. The Thoroughbreds beat Vassar and Rensselaer and
lost to Middlebury and Amherst. James Davidson 01 and Will Crawford 01
advanced to the ECAC doubles final round before losing to a duo from Amherst.
The Thoroughbreds finished fifth out of 14 teams in the ECAC tournament.
will open the spring season this March in southern California. WJ