Field Hockey: Loss at home

Skidmore wins 5-2 in first League game

This past Saturday at Harkness Field, Skidmore scored early and often against the RPI field hockey team. Right from the start, the Engineers defense was challenged by a potent Thoroughbred attack, which fired off three quick shots on RPI senior goalie Hannah Clough. Clough saved the first two, but the third one found the back of the net to give Skidmore a 1-0 lead. The Engineers then made a persistent charge of their own, forcing Thoroughbred goalie Amy Beck to deflect back-to-back shots on goal. Then, a penalty corner from junior attack Angela Cascio resulted in a sophomore midfielder Colleen Fowler equalizer. But Skidmore quickly struck back with two goals of their own in the 23rd and 29th minutes, respectively.

The Engineers fought back once more, moving the ball swiftly down the field and earning a penalty corner. Then a loose ball resulted in a goal by freshman midfielder Megan Jones, assisted by freshman attack Jena Nawfel. The Skidmore lead was one. But, within a minute, Skidmore’s Dani Degregory answered with her second score of the first half to put the Thoroughbreds back up by two.

Skidmore’s Sam Skott scored the only goal of the second half, driving a tipped ball past Clough. The game ended with Skidmore on top by a margin of 5-2. Skidmore controlled the game from start to finish, putting 23 shots on goal compared to RPI’s six. In goal Clough outplayed Beck, saving 78 percent of the shots she faced as compared to the 67 percent Beck saved.