The Skidmore College field hockey team finished the regular season in style Saturday, picking up a 5-2 win over Geneseo at Wagner Park. The 13th-ranked Thoroughbreds finish the regular season with a 13-4 mark and await their seeding in the Liberty League tournament. The Knights fall to 12-5.
"I thought we started off okay, but I just never felt like we found our groove today," Skidmore coach Beth Hallenbeck said. "But I said to the girls the good news is we beat a very strong team. We beat them and really didn't play anywhere near our best."
Senior Ceilidh MacNeill got the scoring started for Skidmore, redirecting a Kelly Blackhurst shot past Geneseo goalie Dayna Mercer at the 9:10 mark. Pauline Searles made it a 2-0 contest at 21:46 when she converted her own rebound for her fifth goal of the year. MacNeill increased the Thoroughbreds' advantage, taking a centering pass from Sam Skott for her second goal of the game and 11th of the year.
In the second half, Kelly Blackhurst made it a 4-0 Skidmore margin, putting a rebound in the cage for her 26th goal of the season. The Knights got on the board less than a minute later on a Bridget McGovern goal.
The Thoroughbreds pushed the lead to 5-1 when Dani DeGregory took a lead pass from Blackhurst and sent a backhand past Geneseo goalie Caitlyn Dowell for her 11th goal. Lorelei Morrow created the final margin for the Knights on a goal with just 18 seconds left in the contest.
"It's a little disappointing, I just think we're capable of so much, yet it's a solid win," Hallenbeck said. So we'll move forward and hopefully do what we need to do in the next couple of days to get playoff ready."
Haley McDougall made seven saves in goal to get the win for the Thoroughbreds. Jenn Hanks added a save, her fourth of the year. Mercer finished with five saves on eight shots in the first 28:44 and Dowell made six stops over the final 41:16. McGovern also added a defensive save for Geneseo.
The Thoroughbreds resume play on Wednesday in the Liberty League semifinals.
Skidmore seniors, from left: HIlary Cranston, Ceilidh MacNeill, Molly GIle and Anna Wahl
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