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4SPORTSWRAP


THREADING THE NEEDLE BETWEEN ONEONTA DEFENDERS, ALL-AMERICAN KELLY BLACKHURST ’14 ADDS TO HER RECORD-BREAKING SCORING TOTALS.


Field hockey. Skidmore posted a 20- 2 record for its fourth consecutive Liberty League title. The Thorough- breds made their fifth straight appear- ance at the Division III tournament, where they lost to Amherst in the second round. Kelly Blackhurst ’14 was a league and regional Player of the Year and first-team All-American. Soccer. At 13-7-1, the women earned an at-large bid to the Division III tourney. They survived the first round, beating MIT on penal- ty kicks after a 0-0 tie, and then fell to #1 Messiah in the second round. Kelsey Yam ’13 (at right) led Skidmore in scoring and made the All- Liberty League first team. The men’s 7-10-1 record included a season-finale victo- ry over league foe Union College. Volleyball. With a 28-9 record, Skid- more won its first league champi- onship since 2001. The T’breds earned a Division III nationals berth and defeated Rivier in the first round. Kelley Vershbow ’12 was an All- America and All-League selection. Tennis. Nataly Mendoza ’13 and Lee Ford ’14 earned All-America honors after winning the USTA/ITA regional tourney. The women open the spring ranked 25th nationally. For the men, a singles player and a doubles team made it to the final round of the USTA/ITA regionals. After their 2011 Liberty championship, the men look for a strong spring. Golf.The T’breds took first place in three of five fall tournaments and won the Liberty League qualifier by 13 strokes. They begin the spring ranked 17th nationally. Riding. Skidmore breezed through regional competition, winning the first five shows of the year. In the spring the team hopes to make an- other run at a national title. Crew. The rowers used the fall to prep for the spring championship season. Both the men and women look to compete for the Liberty League championship when that event returns to Saratoga’s own Fish Creek in April. —Cody Berschwinger THOROUGHBRED NEWS: Get full results and schedules for all teams at skidmoreathletics.com.


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