Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Skidmore Athletics

Christine Kemp scored 7:11 into the first overtime to lift the Skidmore College field hockey team to a dramatic 3-2 victory over The College of New Jersey in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday afternoon at Thoroughbred Field. The Thoroughbreds advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight season, where they will play Eastern University, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Skidmore improve to 19-1, setting a new single-season record for victories and have now won 18 straight games. The Lions finish the 2010 season with a 17-5 record.

Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) got the scoring started at the 13:39 mark when Lauren McCarthy (Ipswich, Mass.) sent a pass into the circle that Kemp blasted past TCNJ goalie Shannon Syciarz for her 26th goal of the season and a 1-0 Thoroughbred lead.

Kathleen Notos would tie it up for the Lions, when she put home a loose ball in front of the net at the 28:59 mark for her 17th goal of the year. Just a few minutes later, Skidmore answered right back as Annie Rosencrans (Riverside, Conn.) tallied her 18th goal on a penalty corner. McCarthy and Carolyne McManama (Medfield, Mass.) assisted on the goal to help the Thoroughbreds take a 2-1 lead into the half.

TCNJ tied it at 2-2 when Leah Geissler scored on a loose ball in front of the cage, beating Skidmore keeper Liz Catinella (Sudbury, Mass.) at the 42:10 mark for her second goal of the season.

The Lions looked as though they were going to take the lead with just over 13 minutes remaining but Jackie Slocombe (Amherst, Mass.) chased down Jillian Nealon to break up a breakaway and keep the score tied.

Catinella came up with the defensive play of the game with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation as she made a sprawling save on Jessica Falcone to force the overtime.

TCNJ controlled possession through most of the overtime period, but Kemp was able to break away from the defense and get a shot on goal, Syciarz made the save but Kemp was able to score on her own rebound from her knees to give the Thoroughbreds a 3-2 victory.

Catinella finished with nine saves in the win, setting the single-season record for goalie wins with 19. Syciarz stopped 11 shots for the Lions.

Skidmore outshot TCNJ, 19-15, while the Lions held a 21-12 advantage in penalty corners.