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Fall wrap-up
Three teams earn postseason berths

     For the first time ever, three Skidmore teams competed in postseason play during the same weekend. In November the field hockey team entered the NCAA Division III national championship, the volleyball team played in its third straight national tournament, and the men’s soccer team got its first taste of postseason competition at ECAC regional playoffs.

All-American Colleen Barber ’04 heads downfield in a game against Oneonta.

Field hockey
Coach Beth Hallenbeck made the most of her first year at Skidmore, guiding the Thoroughbreds back to the NCAA Division III tournament after a one-year absence. Skidmore advanced to the final four before losing, 4-1, to eventual national champion Cortland. The Thoroughbreds ended the season with a 15-3 record that included a nine-game winning streak and finished 2nd in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association with a 6-1 mark. The lone UCAA loss was a 2-1 overtime decision at William Smith—a loss avenged in the NCAA quarterfinals with a 1-0 win in Geneva. The Thoroughbreds beat conference rival and NCAA qualifier St. Lawrence, 6-2, in the final regular-season game.

Taryn Howard ’03 was one of the nation’s top offensive threats, with a Skidmore-record 21 goals and 6 assists for 48 points.Goalie Kristine Osmond ’03 had a 12-3 record, with a 1.64 goals-against average and .864 save percentage. Colleen Barber ’04 was a first-team All-America selection. Among the regional and all-UCAA honorees, seven Thoroughbreds made UCAA All-Academic.

Kathy Tschampel ’02 at the net

At their third straight NCAA championship tournament, the Thorough-breds lost, 3-1, in the first round to UCAA rival Vassar College. Skidmore finished the season with a 19-16 record.

Skidmore took 3rd in the UCAA championship. Kathy Tschampel ’02 was UCAA Player of the Year and an American Volleyball Coaches Associ-ation All–New York selection. Setter Courtney Lambert ’05 was the UCAA Rookie of the Year. Among the other UCAA award winners, four T’breds went All-Academic.

The golfers had another outstanding fall season, with five tournament wins, including a seventh straight UCAA championship and the ECAC Divi-sion III championship. Joey Pohle ’02 was the team’s top player, with five first-place finishes. He shot a 4-under-par 68 to win the UCAA and ECAC regional titles, and fired rounds of 72 and 73 to take the ECAC champion-ship. Billy Trainor ’05 was the UCAA Rookie of the Year. The team gets back into action in March, playing for a sixteenth straight national tournament bid.

Randall Steketee ’02 vies for a header, just behind a Hamilton opponent.

Men’s soccer
After losing its first three games, the soccer team regrouped and went unbeaten for the rest of the regular season, to finish with a 12-3-1 mark (the thirteen-game unbeaten streak ties a program record). The team finished 2nd in the UCAA at 5-1-1, which included 2-1 victories over both Union and Hamilton. Coach Ron McEachen earned his 200th career win in a 4-3 overtime victory at Manhattanville.

In their first-ever postseason playoffs, the Thoroughbreds lost, 2-1, to the University of Rochester in the first round of the ECAC upstate New York tournament.

Andrew Simon ’02 finished his record-breaking career with 15 goals and 3 assists for 33 points, making him Skidmore’s all-time leading scorer, with 48 goals and 13 assists for 117 career points. Simon and three teammates were named UCAA All-Academic.

Women’s soccer
The women’s soccer team won its final two games of the season to finish with a 5-8-1 record. The team opened by winning its own tournament with two shutouts: 2-0 over Mount St. Mary and 1-0 over Southern Maine. Jenny Hall ’02 was the team’s leading scorer, with 7 goals and 2 assists for 16 points. She and six other T’breds were UCAA All-Academic selections.

Men’s tennis
The men’s tennis team got ready for its spring season with three fall tournaments. Andrew Watson ’04 advanced to the Middlebury Invitational Flight C semifinals. Chris Watson ’04 and Pat McEvoy ’03 made it to the ECAC quarterfinals in singles. The team returns to action in March.

Women’s tennis
The Thoroughbreds’ six-game UCAA championship streak was snapped this fall: the University of Rochester defeated Skidmore, 5-4, in the semifinals. The T’breds came back to beat William Smith, 5-3, in the third-place match. Skidmore finished 4th in the NYSWCAA championships and finished the fall schedule with a 5-3 record.

Dawn Penniston ’03 was first-team All-UCAA in singles and in doubles with Karlene Kunigiel ’03. Julie Megler ’05 was the UCAA Rookie of the Year. Three Skidmore players made the UCAA All-Academic team. Skidmore resumes play in March.

The men’s and women’s crews used the fall to prepare for the spring championship seasons. The women’s varsity eight bested thirt-five other boats to win the women’s open eight at Sara-toga’s Head of the Fish Regatta. The women finished 48th at the Head of the Charles. The men’s varsity eight was 9th in the men’s open eight at the Head of the Fish. —WJ


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