Triple play: Women's lacosse, tennis, riding notch victories
Women’s lacrosse blew past Mount Holyoke, 15-8, in its season opener last week. Tyler Phillips ’17 netted four goals and added an assist to lead the Thoroughbreds. After a back-and-forth first half, Skidmore pulled away in the second with seven unanswered goals. Phillips scored once in the first half and tallied three goals in a four-minute span in the second half, including the game winner. Peggy Healy ’15 also recorded four points with a goal and four helpers. The Thoroughbreds held a 41-27 advantage in shots and a 26-23 edge in groundballs. The team plays at Utica College at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.
Women’s tennis extended its unbeaten streak to six with recent wins against conference rivals Vassar and William Smith colleges. Lee Ford ’14 recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win at number-one singles and paired with Madeline Benn ’17 for an 8-4 win at number-one doubles in the team’s 7-2 victory over Vassar. Benn also added a 6-0, 6-0 win at number-three singles. The 20th-ranked Thoroughbreds (6-0) were dominant against William Smith, recording a 9-0 shutout. Melissa Hirsch ’14 won 6-1, 6-3 at number-two singles and combined with Zoe Valella ’15 for an 8-3 win at number-three doubles. The team travels to No. 19 Trinity College Saturday, March 8, before hosting No. 1 Williams College at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Wilton YMCA.
Riding remained perfect, winning the Hartwick College show with 47 out of a possible 49 points. Elinor Hayden ’14 and Sarah Goldberg ’17 won their sections in intermediate over fences and the team took a clean sweep in novice over the fences with wins from Hannah Reynolds ’16 and Whitney Steele ’15 in their respective sections. Rebecca McCourt ’14 was a top finisher in intermediate flat and Hayden, Jessica Stoukides ’16 and Savannah Redston ’14 all placed first in their sections of novice flat. Helen Kirk ’17 helped seal the victory for the Thoroughbreds, winning her section of walk trot. The team finishes the regular season with a show at Morrisville State College this Saturday, March 8, before advancing to regionals. The Zone 2 Region 3 regional horse show will be held at Skidmore’s Van Lennep Riding Center on Saturday, March 22.
Men’s tennis rebounded from tightly contested 5-4 loss against New York University on Saturday with a 7-2 conference win Sunday against Vassar. The team of Oliver Loutsenko ’14 and Danny Knight ’14 was an 8-3 winner at number-one doubles and Alec Hoblitzell ’15 notched a three-set win in number-five doubles against NYU. Jimmy Sherpa ’14 propelled the Thoroughbreds against the Brewers, winning 6-0, 6-3 at number-one singles and pairing with Loutsenko for an 8-4 win at number-one doubles. The team takes on Bowdoin College Sunday, March 9, at Pomona Pitzer College.
Men’s lacrosse was knocked off by SUNY Potsdam, 8-7, in double-overtime. Quinn Hawkins ’14 led the Thoroughbreds (0-2) with four goals and an assist, Kevin Mulvey ’15 added two goals and two assists, and Brock Bakewell ’15 and Sam Christiansen ’15 had five groundballs each. In goal, Matt Diaco ’14 finished with eight saves, including two in overtime. The team hosts Williams College at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.
Men’s basketball saw its season come to a close with a tough 66-62 loss against Vassar College in the Liberty League semifinal. Tanner Brooks ’16 scored a game-high 22 points, Aldin Medunjanin ’16 added 11 points and four assists, and Connor Merrill ’15 and Erik Sanders ’16 each tallied 10 points. The Thoroughbreds finished the season with an overall record of 16-10, qualifying for the conference playoffs for the fifth straight season. ~ By Dan St. Jacques