Tournament records tied, set as Skidmore throttles Keene State 11-1
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Skidmore set a new NCAA tournament record with 11 goals in a game as the Thoroughbreds (18-3) picked up an 11-1 win against Keene State (21-4) on Middlebury's Kohn Field. Kelly Blackhurst tied an NCAA tournament record with five goals in the contest for Skidmore.
The Thoroughbreds will face the host school in the NCAA Regional finals slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. Middlebury beat Utica 8-0.
Blackhurst got things rolling early for Skidmore, scoring twice in a 1:04 span to give her team a 2-0 lead. Following a defensive save by Katelyn Simula, Blackhurst put in the rebound for the game's first goal, also scoring on a rebound for the second tally.
Sam Revera scored off a defender's stick, before Melanie Webb found the back of the cage 34 seconds later to give Skidmore a 4-0 lead 6:48 in. Alex Hagney tipped in a pass from Sam Skott, while Blackhurst earned a first half hat-trick at the 22:45 mark, converting a cross from Hagney.
Krista Lamoreau redirected a ball sent in by Dani DeGregory, while Blackhurst earned her fourth goal of the half at the 26:45 mark.
Keene State got on the board by scoring on a penalty corner with no time on the clock. Simula sent in a shot that was tipped high into the cage by Melissa Habelow to make it an 8-1 game at the half.
The Thoroughbreds added three second-half goals, coming away with the 11-1 win. Six different players had goals and seven different players registered assists for Skidmore.
Blackhurst's first goal of the game was the 100th of her career, now giving her 104. She now has the Skidmore season goal record of 31 and is ranked sixth all-time in Division III with 260 points (104 goals, 52 assists). Her five goals ties a Skidmore record.
Haley McDougall (eight saves), Allie Sosinsky and Amy Beck spent time in goal for Skidmore. Meaghan Dwyer and Chloe Audesse were the goalkeepers for the Owls.