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Fall sports wrapup
New coach Ron McEachen guided the men’s soccer team to its best varsity season ever: 11-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the UCAA. The five UCAA wins were more than the team tallied in the past four years combined.
Andrew Simon ’02 crashes with a Middlebury opponent in pursuit
of a header. |
The Thoroughbreds rode a school-record 13-game unbeaten streak that extended back to the 1999 season, and they fought to a tie against national Division III champion St. Lawrence University, snapping the Saints’ 40-game winning streak. The Thoroughbreds’ two losses were by one point and came against Division III playoff contenders Hamilton and Middlebury.
Midfielder Andrew Simon ’02 and forward Andy Meehan ’03 were named to the UCAA all-conference first team. Simon led Skidmore in scoring, with 12 goals and 6 assists for 30 points. He has also set the team’s career scoring record and now has 33 goals and 14 assists for 80 career points. Meehan was second in scoring this season, with 9 goals and 5 assists for 23 points. Goalie Jimmy Larkin ’02 also had a big season, with a .887 save percentage and a 0.48 goals-against average. Larkin and back Will Mudge ’04 anchored a defense that had 9 shutouts.
The women’s soccer team began a rebuilding process under first-year head coach Terry Corcoran. The Thoroughbreds went 4-8-1 overall and 1-6 in the UCAA, but showed great improvement toward the end of the season, which included a 2-0 win over Castleton State and a 1-0 overtime win at Plattsburgh State. Skidmore also battled NCAA tournament team Middlebury into overtime before losing a 1-0 decision.
Ellie Hopping ’01 led the team in scoring, with 3 goals and an assist. Lara Pence ’01 and Mara Mornaghi ’03 added 2 goals each. Goalie Megan Lawler ’01 had 4 shutouts in her final season.
It was another UCAA title and a second straight trip to the NCAA Division III championships for the volleyball team, which finished the season with a 35-5 record. Skidmore lost, 3-0, to powerhouse Ithaca College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. During the regular season, Skidmore won six tournaments, including a third straight UCAA championship.
Courtney Lee ’01 and Laura Stanley ’04 were named to the AVCA New York regional team. The first Skidmore volleyball player to earn Verizon all-academic honors, Lee was selected to the Verizon Academic All-America Volleyball National Third Team. Stanley was named New York Region Freshman of the Year.
Lee finished her career as the NCAA Division III all-time service ace leader, with 486. She also ranks among the NCAA assist leaders, with 5,599. The 1999 and 2000 UCAA player of the year, Lee is a four-time UCAA all-star. Stanley was a two-time UCAA player of the week and was the UCAA tournament’s most valuable performer; she also made the NYSWCAA all-tournament team. Stanley led her team and ranked sixth in the NCAA in hitting percentage, with a .417 average.
Also earning all-UCAA honors were Kathy Tschampel ’02, Katie Campbell ’03, and Tina Hutten ’01.
The field hockey team finished the season with a 13-4 overall and 5-2 UCAA record. For the third straight year, the Thoroughbreds advanced to the championship game of the NYSWCAA tournament; they lost the title, 4-2, to St. Lawrence. The team was nationally ranked for most of the season and had an impressive 2-1 overtime win against St. Michael’s College at a time when the Knights were ranked first in Division II.
Five Thoroughbreds made the UCAA all-star team: Carrie Weiner ’01 and Lacey French ’01 were named to the first team, while Taryn Howard ’03 , Kristine Osmond ’03, and Colleen Barber ’04 made the second team. Weiner and French played in the NFHCA senior all-star game, and French was a first team all-America selection.
Weiner led the team in scoring, with 19 goals and 10 assists for 48 points; 6 of her goals were game-winners. Howard was second in scoring, with 13 goals and 9 assists for 35 points, including 4 game-winning goals. Osmond played 17 games in goal, earning a 1.23 goals-against average and .868 save percentage with 3 shutouts.
The golf team won four fall tournaments, including a sixth straight UCAA championship. Skidmore beat Wisconsin–Eau Claire, 3-2, to finish 3rd in the Rolex/Mastercard Division III Match Play championship and also took 3rd in the ECAC championship played at the Saratoga Spa State Park.
In the UCAA tournament, Brian Gropler ’02 was chosen co-player of the year after tying for 1st with 75 strokes. Ross Morgan ’04 was the UCAA Rookie of the Year after shooting 78. Brian Clark ’02 shot 77, and Ben Bates ’02 and Tom Brewer ’02 each shot 79. All of the Skidmore players earned all-UCAA honors.
At Middlebury Duke Nelson Invitational, Phil Gehring ’01 shot a winning 70-75-145 to lead Skidmore to the team title. In the Skidmore Invitational, Bates and Brewer tied for 1st at 71, while the Skidmore Fall Classic was won by Gropler with a 72.
The Thoroughbreds will open the spring season ranked in the top 5 nationally and will vie for the NCAA Division III championship in St. Louis in May.
|Dawn Penniston ’03 drives a forehand.
The women’s tennis team continued to dominate New York State this fall, taking its sixth straight UCAA championship and seventh consecutive NYSWCAA title. The Thoroughbreds were 7-2 and ranked 4th in the NCAA eastern region at the end of the fall season.
Amy Wachenheim ’01 was the UCAA player of the year at number-one singles and won the ITA Rolex East Region singles championship, earning all-America honors for the third straight year. In doubles, Wachenheim combined with Heather Wood ’01 to finish 2nd in the Rolex East and earn UCAA honors. The team resumes play in southern California this March.
The men’s tennis team had a successful enough fall to lay the groundwork for a possible first-ever appearance at NCAA nationals in the spring. The doubles team of Will Crawford ’01 and James Davidson ’01 earned ITA all-America honors when they won the ITA Rolex East Region tournament in October. They also won the ECAC North Region doubles title.
The Thoroughbreds are ranked 9th in the East. In doubles, Davidson and Crawford are ranked 9th nationally and 3rd in the East; Crawford is ranked 16th in singles in the East. The team opens the spring in Maine with matches against Colby, Bowdoin, and Bates. —WJ