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Athletics in full swing

Posted: 09/17/2007

September 16, 2007

With Skidmore’s fall sports season well underway, the toil and sweat of pre-season seems like a distant memory for the Thoroughbred field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball teams. Every school year, the varsity athletes are among the first students to return to campus, typically during the last 7-10 days of August. Two a days, even three a days, several scrimmages, and often multiple trips to the trainer’s room are de rigeur.

The only exception this summer was the men’s soccer team which traveled to China from August 13-25, where they played five friendly matches: Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai's under-17 boys' team, Beijing University of International Business and Economics, Beijing University of Technology, and the China Football Club. The team finished with 2 wins, two losses, and a tie. Previous trips have taken head coach Ron McEachen's teams to England and Costa Rica. Skidmore is the first college to have participated in such a tour of China.

Fatigue from the Far East trip and a strong early schedule have been tough on the team. Their current record is 1-4-1. Forward Ernie Economides ’10 scored the game winner against SUNY New Paltz in the team’s first win Sept. 11 and also notched the lone goal three days later in a 1-1 tie against Nazareth.

Meanwhile, the three other fall varsity teams have fared very well indeed. Coach Beth Hallenbeck’s field hockey team is 4-0, winning its Liberty League opener Sept. 14 at Union 2-1. Elise Britt ’09 scored the game winner for the 18th-ranked Thoroughbreds.

Coach Sarah Cooper’s women’s soccer squad is strong as usual, with a 3-1-2 record that includes the Manhattanville Valiant Tournament championship and a 0-0 home tie versus 8th-ranked Middlebury on Sept. 13. Rachel Sushner ’09 was named Liberty League Co-Offensive performer of the week ending Sept. 10.

Coach Hilda Arrechea’s 7-5 volleyball team is fresh off a final-day sweep of Russell Sage and Plattsburgh on Sept. 15, giving Skidmore a 3-1 record at the Union College Invitational. First-year player Becca Ormsby’s 37 assists and 11 digs against Russell Sage and 25 assists against Plattsburgh earned her a spot on the all-tournament team.

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