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Fall season extended for field hockey, women's soccer

November 11, 2013
Kelly Blackhurst ’14
Blackhurst

Skidmore's field hockey and women's soccer teams received NCAA Division III tournament bids  Monday.
 
Field hockey won the Liberty League championship with a 4-3 win over William Smith College Nov. 7 and will be seeded sixth in the 24-team event. This will be the program's seventh straight and 13th overall NCAA tournament.
 
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Middlebury College, Skidmore will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Gordon College and Keene State. Middlebury, the third seed, will play the winner of Castleton and Utica at 11 a.m. Saturday.
 
The winner of Sunday's regional final will advance to the Final Four Friday, Nov. 22, at Old Dominion University.
 
The red hot Thoroughbreds take a 17-3 record, including a current eight-game win streak, into Saturday's game. The 2013 Liberty League Player of the Year Kelly Blackhurst '14 leads the Thoroughbreds in scoring with 26 goals and 13 assists for 65 points. She ranks eighth all-time in NCAA D-III scoring with 250 career points (99 goals, 52 assists).
 

Gab Lawrence ’14
Lawrence

The 12-3-2 women's soccer team received an at-large bid and will face Rowan University (16-3) at Ithaca College R 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The winner will advance to Sunday's 1:30 p.m. pod final against the winner of Ithaca (16-2) and Penn State-Behrend (15-5-1). This is the Skidmore program's sixth NCAA tournament.
 
The Thoroughbreds opened the season with a 12-game unbeaten streak after winning just four games in 2012. Skidmore's defense has allowed more than one goal only once this season. Goalie Gab Lawrence '14  has been outstanding — earning a 12-3-2 record that includes nine shutouts, a 0.48 goals against average, and .869 save percentage.
 

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