Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Skidmore Athletics

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Annie Rosencrans scored with 2:41 remaining to help send the Skidmore College field hockey team to a 4-3 quarterfinal win over Eastern University at Thoroughbred Field on Sunday afternoon, earning a matchup with Bowdoin in next weekend's final four at Christopher Newport University.

The Thoroughbreds improve to 20-1, extending their program record winning streak to 19 games. The Eagles finish the 2010 season with a 20-3 record.

Eastern got off to a quick start as Brittany Moyer deflected a pass from Yvonne Herbster past Skidmore keeper Liz Catinella (Sudbury, Mass.) at the 2:27 mark.

Senior Christine Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) answered right back at the 8:09 mark after she stole the ball at midfield, sprinted past the defense and made a move on the goalie to score on an empty goal, tying it 1-1 with her 28th of the season. Less than four minutes later, Brittany O'Brien (Ridgefield, Conn.) gave the Thoroughbreds the lead as she took a pass from Kemp in front of the goal to make it 2-1.

Jess Jaindl was able to tie it back up early in the second half as she deflected Kim Campbell's shot from the top of the circle past the keeper for her team-leading 18th goal. Skidmore took the lead back at the 56:13 mark as O'Brien redirected a shot from Rosencrans (Riverside, Conn.) for her second goal of the game and eighth of the season.

Just over two minutes later, Eastern came right back and tied it up again as Kelby Bolton scored on a shot from the top of the circle off Christin Haas' pass on the penalty corner.

With just under three minutes remaining, Rosencrans redirected O'Brien's shot, beating Eagles' goalie Laura Ressler for the game-winner, sending the Thoroughbreds to their second semifinal in program history.

"We came in with a refuse to lose mentality, it was the last game on this field for our nine seniors" said Skidmore head coach Beth Hallenbeck. "We hadn't lost a game at home this season, we weren't going to go down without a fight and we dug down deep and found a way to win a game full of so many momentum changes and move on. Defensively, Liz Catinella, Claire Superak, Julia Sarni and Jess Dankner all played solid throughout. Offensively, Christine Kemp was stellar and Brittany O'Brien came through in a big way for us today."

Catinella finished with seven saves for Skidmore, while Ressler made 10 stops in the losing effort.

With her assist in the first half, Kemp set the program single-season record for assists with 22 this season. She also became the first player in Thoroughbred history with 200 career points.

The Thoroughbreds held a slight advantage in both corners and shots, outshooting Eastern 19-16 and recording 14 corners to 12 by the Eagles.