Men's basketball handles regional challenges
Men’s basketball responded from a heartbreaking 96-95 loss to RPI with a 103-58 blowout
win against Union College. The Thoroughbreds (9-5, 3-2 Liberty) led until the final
seconds against the Engineers, but RPI managed to hit a deep 3-pointer in the final
seconds of the game to snatch the win. Erik Sanders ’16 scored a game-high 22 points, Perun Kovacevic ’15 added 21 points and six rebounds and Connor Merrill ’15 chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.
Tanner Brooks ’16 propelled the team against the Dutchmen, scoring 20 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Brooks went 6-of-9 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes to help the Thoroughbreds pull away early. Brooks also registered a game-high seven rebounds and five assists and Aldin Medunjanin ’16 contributed 14 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. The 103 points marks the most the team has scored since a 106-85 victory over Castleton State Nov. 24, 2012; the 45-point margin of victory against Union was Skidmore’s largest since a 47-point win over Union on Jan. 12, 2010. The team goes on the road to face Hobart at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.
Angela Botiba ’15 and Jordyn Wartts ’14 both recorded double-doubles as women’s basketball earned its first conference win of the season, knocking off RPI 60-51. Botiba scored a game-high 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds and Wartts added 14 points and a game-high 14 boards. The team nearly erased a 21-point second-half deficit against Union Saturday but came up just short, falling 61-56. The Thoroughbreds (6-8, 1-4 Liberty) outscored the Dutchwomen 22-6 over the final 11 minutes of play to pull within two points, but Union sealed the game with a pair of late free-throws. Molly McLaughlin ’15 produced 11 points and five assists and Botiba scored 12 points. The team travels to William Smith College Friday, Jan. 24, for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Men’s hockey skated to 2-2 tie against the University of Southern Maine and dropped a tight 4-2 matchup against the University of New England. Ondrej Krajnak ’16 and Tony Giacin ’14 both tallied against the University of Southern Maine and Jack McDonald ’17 made 32 saves on 34 shots to preserve the tie. Krajnak netted his second goal is as many games and Anthony Bird ’17 chipped in with his sixth goal of the season against the University of New England. The Thoroughbreds (6-7-5) return home at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, to face St. Anselm College.
Women’s swimming and diving returned to action at the RPI Women’s Swimming and Diving Invitational. Erin Donovan ’17 led the Thoroughbreds to a fourth-place overall finish, placing first in the 200 Back and finishing sixth in the 50 Free. Donovan paired with Yookee Roh ’16, Kate Lambos ’15 and Katherine Kelloway ’14 for a third-place finish in the 400 Free Relay. Roh and Lambos also had strong individual performances. Roh placed second in the 200 Back and the 200 IM and Lambos earned fourth in the 200 Free. Emily Pryzsinda ’15 was another top finisher, touching in third in the 1000 Free. The team hosts RPI at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. ~ By Dan St. Jacques