Men's and women's swimming and diving sweep at Utica; Field hockey loses heartbreaker in NCAA semifinal OT
Kelly Blackhurst ’14 demonstrates award-
winning play against Salisbury.
Field hockey suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss against Salisbury University in the NCAA semifinal Friday. Haley McDougall ’15 was the standout performer, stopping eight shots, including four in overtime, in goal for the Thoroughbreds. The team ended one of the most successful years in program history, with a 19-4 record. Kelly Blackhurst ’14, who completed her career as fifth all-time in Division III scoring, was named the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III North Atlantic Region Player of the Year after recording a program record 32 goals to go along with 15 assists. Blackhurst and Dani DeGregory ’16 earned first-team All-Region honors, while Jenn Hanks ’16 was selected to the second team.
Men and women’s swimming and diving were dominant, sweeping Saturday’s meet at Utica College. The men earned a 169-121 win, while the women swam to a 130-187 victory. On the women's side Katherine Kelloway ’14 was a triple winner, placing first in the 100 Back and 100 Fly and combining with Erin Donovan ’17, Caroline Tuttle ’17 and Monica Abdul-Chani ’17 for first in the 200 Medley Relay. The men rebounded from a second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay for a 1-2 finish in the 1000 free with Peter Quattromani ’14 touching first and Nick Sauerbrunn ’16 coming in second. Quattromani also battled to a first place finish in the 500 Free, Sauerbrunn finished first in the 200 Breast, Gabriel Salitan-Alvarez ’17 won the 200 Fly and Tim Brodsky ’14 took home the 50 Free.
Men’s basketball used a balanced scoring attack to secure an 89-74 road win against Castleton State College on Tuesday. The Thoroughbreds committed just three turnovers in the second half while dishing out 13 assists to pull away. They finished the game with 20 assists, with eight coming from Aldin Medunjanin ’16. Medunjanin added 16 points and six rebounds to lead five players in double figures. Perun Kovacevic ’15 was a force down low with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Erik Sanders ’16 also chipped in with a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Connor Merrill ’15 had 19 points and three blocks. The team hosts SUNY Potsdam in its home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Angela Botiba ’15 registered her second-straight double-double, as women's basketball dropped a tightly contested match up against the fifth-ranked Amherst College Jeffs, 63-52, Tuesday. Botiba led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 4-4 from the floor in the first half. Jordyn Wartts ’14 finished with 14 points and four rebounds and Molly McLaughlin ’15 added 10 points and four rebounds. The Thoroughbreds travel to Hamilton College, Monday, Nov. 25, for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Men’s hockey was edged, 2-1, by Babson College Friday before battling to a 3-3 tie against UMass Boston Saturday. Thomas Park ’15 netted his second goal of the season, and Dave Dupuis ’14 and Anders Gundersen ’15 each added an assist against Babson. Anthony Bird ’17 and Brad Schuler ’14 each had multi-point games against UMass Boston. Bird netted a pair of goals and Schuler produced two helpers, while Aaron Beck ’14 and Ondrej Krajnak ’16 also recorded assists. The Thoroughbreds host the Skidmore Invitational Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1. They take Fitchburg State in the tournament’s opening game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Saratoga City Rink. ~ By Dan St.-Jacques