October 30, 2010

Lyons blanked at seventh-ranked Skidmore to begin New York trip

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.- The Wheaton College field hockey team began its two-game upstate New York trip with a 7-0 loss to nationally-ranked Skidmore College on Saturday at Thoroughbred Field, as the Lyons and Thoroughbreds met for the first time since 1978.

Wheaton falls to 12-6, while Skidmore, which is ranked seventh in the country by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), extended its winning streak to 15 games in improving to 16-1.

Holding the high-powered Thoroughbred offense to just two first-half goals, the Blue and White surrendered three tallies under a four-minute span to start the second half.  The Lyons were outshot by a 22-3 count and took just two of 13 penalty corners.

Wheaton freshman goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) was credited with eight stops between the pipes, while junior Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley) recorded her fifth defensive save of the season.

Skidmore senior Christine Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) had a big day with four goals and one assist, while junior Annie Rosencrans (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich) added a pair of helpers.  Senior goalie Liz Catinella (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) went untested in a little over 45 minutes.

The Lyons travel to Schenectady tomorrow for a 2:00 p.m. start against Union College.

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