Skidmore Edged by Wesleyan

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Skidmore was edged out by Wesleyan, 11-8 Wednesday afternoon at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds drop to 1-4 overall, while Wesleyan improves to 2-3 on the season.

Spencer Morgan led Skidmore's offense with four goals on eight shots. The sophomore midfielder also scooped up four groundballs and had three draw controls. Emma Harris tallied three points on two goalsand an assist, while Paige DiAntonio and Maggie Murphy each registered one goal. Caroline Bowne and Kady Warsavage anchored the Skidmore defense, collecting two groundballs each.

The Cardinals were paced by Kayla Ellman and Kaylin Berger who accounted for eight of the team's 11 goals, scoring four goals each. Maddy Coulter notched two goals, while Abby D'Angelo recorded one goal.

Both teams swapped possessions in the early going before Berger dodged her way into the open field scoring the first of what would be four unanswered Cardinal goals to start the half.

Skidmore answered with a 3-0 scoring run of its own beginning at 19:31 of the stanza when Morgan riffled a shot past Nina Labovich for a Thoroughbred goal. Less than a minute later, Morgan broke down the Cardinal defense and netted her second goal of the afternoon, cutting the deficit in half in the process.

Paige DiAntonio capped the Thoroughbred rally at 15:36 when she beat her defender and blasted a shot past Labovich bringing Skidmore towithin one.

Wesleyan closed out the first half on a modest 2-0 run to enter the break holding a 6-3 advantage.

Skidmore struck first in the second half when Morgan netted her third goal at 27:49 to bring the Thoroughbreds within two goals.

The Cardinals answered when a yellow card sidelined a Skidmore player, giving Wesleyan a man-up opportunity. Berger capitalized on the free position play, bouncing one past Skidmore goalie Shelby Witheford to put the Cardinals back up by three goals.

Both teams displayed solid defense over the next nine minutes, halting every scoring attempt until Emma Harris rolled out and sprinted around the back of the cage, dumping the ball to a wide open Maggie Murphy whose goal brought the score to 7-5.

Both teams battled back-and-forth for the next severalminutes as each team exchanged goals.

Harris brought the Thoroughbreds to within two goals when she scored her fifth goal, but that was as close as the Thoroughbreds wouldcome, as Wesleyan netted a last second shot to preserve the win.

Shelby Witheford had eight saves in goal for SKidmore, while Labovich recorded eight saves and earned the win.

Skidmore will return to action Friday, March 29 at 4 P.M. when it travels to Clarkson for a Liberty League contest. Wesleyan takes on NESCSAC rival Middlebury at home Sat., March 23 in its next start.

2013-03-20



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