Skidmore Hands Hawks Their First Loss

ONEONTA, NY The visiting Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College scored the final seven goals of the first half to open up a nine-goal lead at the break in a 14-6 victory over Hartwick's women's lax team on Friday at Wright Stadium. The setback is the Hawks' first of the season which evens their record at 1-1. The Thoroughbreds, playing in their season opener, improve to 1-0.

Hartwick received three goals from freshman Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harbor Fields) and two from junior Tiffanie Bishop (Shoreham, VT/Middlebury). Sophomore Brittany LaVaute added one goal.

Five players accounted for 13 goals and five assists for Skidmore. Lindsay Stavola scored four goals and dished out three assists to pace the team. Kimberly Segalas contributed three goals and Abbie Klaus, Lauren McCarthy, and Lauren Madden each notched two goals in the game.

The Thoroughbreds opened up a three-goal lead after the opening five and a half minutes of action as Segalas, Stavola, and McCarthy each tallied. LaVaute got one back for the Hawks and Madden and Scicchitano traded goals 41 seconds apart making it a 4-2 game with 17:27 left.

Skidmore would score four straight goals from four different players in a six-minute span to open up an 8-2 advantage and following a second yellow card, 'Wick was forced to play the final 40 minutes of the game down one player. A pair of Stavola tallies and one from Madden gave the Thoroughbreds an 11-2 lead at the half.

In the second session, Segalas scored back-to-back goals in the first 12 minutes to increase the lead to 13-2 before four straight goals by the Hawks would cut the lead to seven, 13-6. Scicchitano and Bishop each netted two goals in the run for the Hawks. Scicchitano scored with just over 14 minutes to play to start the run. Bishop and Scicchitano then scored goals 33 seconds apart later in the period to make it a 13-5 game. Bishop closed out the Hartwick scoring with 6:12 left on the clock.

Klaus would end the 'Wick rally and end the day's scoring with her second of the game with 3:31 to play. She would also add a game-high four draw controls for the Thoroughbreds. McCarthy grabbed a game-high four ground ball pickups and goalie Rachel Klein made three saves in the Skidmore cage.

Bishop grabbed three draws for the Hawks. Freshmen Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood), Jalicia Connell (Westbury, NY/Hicksville), and sophomore goalkeeper Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) recorded three ground balls each. Kaye also made six saves and tied for a game-high with three caused turnovers.

The Thoroughbreds ended the match with a 24-12 edge in shots, including an 18-4 margin in the first half. Skidmore edged out the Hawks narrowly in ground balls 19-18.

The Hawks are off until Tuesday, March 23rd when they travel to Oswego State to face the Lakers. Skidmore returns to action in Colorado Springs, CO on March 16th. The Thoroughbreds play Fort Lewis at 1:00 p.m. (MST).


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