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Golf team wins sixth straight Liberty League title

April 29, 2013

Skidmore's golf team won its sixth straight Liberty League championship Sunday as it defeated RPI 3-2 in match-play at the McGregor Links Country Club.

Anthony DiLisio '13 (Swampscott, Mass.), Garrett Colgan '13 (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Zach Grossman '15 (East Hampton, N.Y.) all posted wins in their individual matches. Skidmore has now won 16 of 18 conference championships.

The 16th-ranked Thoroughbreds will make their 27th consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance May 14-17 in Destin, Fla.

The 27th-ranked Skidmore men's tennis team advanced to the Liberty League championship as it defeated Bard College 9-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup before downing St. Lawrence 5-2 to advance to the championship match against Vassar College, Monday at 10 a.m.

Against Bard, Jimmy Sherpa '14 (West Vancouver, B.C.) won at number-one singles and paired with Jonah Esptein '16 (East Amherst, N.Y.) for a win at number-one doubles. Miles Ransom '15 (Delray Beach, Fla.), Danny Knight '14 (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), Gabe Steerman '14 (Philadelphia, Pa.), Aaron Katz '16 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Epstein all posted wins in their respective singles matches.

In Sunday's match with St. Lawrence, Kit Green-Sanderson '16 (Toronto, Ont.) won at number-six singles and teamed with Nick Tong '16 (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) for a win at number-two doubles. Sherpa, Ransom, and Epstein all notched wins in singles competition.

Women's lacrosse lost to Union College 16-5 Friday, April 26, before being defeated by William Smith College 13-8 Saturday to close out its regular season. The Thoroughbreds finish the year with a mark of 3-13 (2-7 in conference play).

Against Union, Spencer Morgan '15 (Ridgewood, N.J.) had two goals, three groundballs, two draw controls and one caused turnover, while Emma Harris '16 (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) notched a pair of goals.

Against William Smith, seven Thoroughbreds tallied at least one point with Robin Fetterolf '14 (Huntington, N.Y.) leading the way with three goals. Brittney Dioneda '15 (St. Louis, Mo.), Lexi Melville '13 (Syosset, N.Y.), Caroline Bowne '15 (Falmouth, Maine), Morgan and Harris each scored one goal, respectively, while Maggie Murphy '16 (Huntington, N.Y.) registered an assist.  

Melville, the lone senior on the team, finished her career with 109 total points on 95 goals and 14 assists.

The 19th-ranked women's tennis team lost both of its matches over the weekend. Now 9-8, Skidmore  lost to third-ranked Middlebury Saturday afternoon 9-0 before falling to 21st-ranked Trinity College 5-4.

In Sunday's match with Trinity, Skidmore's Lee Ford '14 (Newton, Mass.) posted wins at number-two singles and paired with Nataly Mendoza '13 (San Francisco, Calif.) for a critical win at number-one doubles. The Thoroughbreds swept their remaining doubles matches with Alex Smith '15 (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Rachel Plevinsky '14 (Lexington, Mass.) winning at number-two doubles, while Yumi Karlshoej '15 (West Vancouver, B.C.) and Melissa Hirsch '14 (Alamo, Calif.) claimed the number-three doubles matchup.

The Thoroughbreds will return to action Friday, May 3, in the opening round of the Liberty League Tournament at RIT in Rochester, N.Y.

The baseball team went 2-4 last week to bring its season record to 13-20.

The Thoroughbreds lost to Plattsburgh 8-4, Tuesday, April 23, in a non-conference matchup. Chris Lorenz '16 (Fair Haven, N.J.) was 3-4 with a walk and two runs scored, while Marco Baratta '16 (Tenafly, N.J.), Leejay Pollacchi '13 (Porters Corners, N.Y.), Jake Dougherty '15 (Pennsburg, Pa.) and Nick Barra '15 (Pittsford, N.Y.) each collected two hits.

On Thursday, April 25, the Thoroughbreds defeated visiting Castleton State 6-5 in an 11-inning marathon. Geoff Green '13 (Underhill, Vt.) was 3-5 with a walk, an RBI and one run scored, while Pollacchi collected three hits in four at-bats with an RBI and two runs scored. The Thoroughbreds used six different pitches before Bobby Stafutti '13 (East Hanover, N.J.) could clinch the win after tossing one perfect inning.

The Thoroughbreds lost three of four games to Union College over the weekend in what could be a playoff preview.

On Saturday, the Thoroughbreds ran into the league's top pitcher and struggled to find any rhythm, losing 2-0, but in the second game, the tables were turned as Skidmore pitcher Max Martins '13 (Newton, Mass.) tossed a complete-game shutout to earn his fourth win of the season.

The Thoroughbred offense produced four runs and 11 hits including three from Alex Barber '13 (Cambridge, Mass.). Baratta was 2-5 with a triple and two runs scored, while Matty Tatkow '13 (Sudbury, Mass.) was 3-4 with a run scored.

Sunday, the Thoroughbreds fell to union in a doubleheader, losing the first game 6-2 and the second 17-12.

Skidmore will travel to Middlebury, Vt., for a non-conference game against Middlebury College at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Men's lacrosse closed out its season with a 15-8 loss to Union College, Saturday, April 27.

Jon Hoeg '13 (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and Kevin Mulvey '13 (Westfield, N.J.) each recorded two goals with Mike Mozer '13 (Takoma Park, Md.), Mike Perlow '13 (Briafcliff, N.Y.), J.P. Sullivan '13 (Babylon, N.Y.) and Matt Ohara '15 (La Jolla, Calif.) each netted one goal.

The Thoroughbreds end their season with a 2-4 conference record (4-11 overall), which fell one game short of the fourth and final playoff seed.

Softball went 2-2 in its final four games as the Thoroughbreds split with Williams College, Tuesday, April 23, and with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Thursday, April 25.

Against Williams, Skidmore rallied in the opening game, scoring three seventh-inning runs for the come-from-behind 4-3 victory before it lost the second 7-1.

In the first game, Christine Munisteri '16 (Red Hook, N.Y.) laced a pinch-hit double that plated two runs to push Skidmore ahead for good.  Katie Sorochka '14 (Jackson, N.J.) earned her ninth win of the year after throwing seven innings and allowing three runs (one earned).

Against MCLA, The Thoroughbreds held a three-run lead heading into the final inning, but couldn't hold on for the win as the Trailblazers won 7-6. Skidmore would counter in the nightcap, as Sorochka blanked the visitors to claim the 4-0 win.

Abby Shea '15 (Newport, R.I.) had a strong series at the plate, going 4-5 with two runs scored and a walk, while Mackenzie Whiting '16 (Ellington, Conn.) was 4-7 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored.

The Thoroughbreds finish the season with an overall record of 11-27 including a 2-9 mark in conference play. ~ By Sean Farnsworth

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