Nov. 8: Skidmore sophomore Christine Kemp scored the only goal of the game with 5:37 to play in the first half as the Thoroughbreds beat St. Lawrence University 1-0 to win the 2008 Liberty League Field Hockey Championship Tournament and the automatic NCAA tournament bid that goes with it.
Kemp, the tournament Most Valuable Player, redirected a cross-crease pass by Carolyne McManama into the far corner of the goal before Saint goalie Emilie Lannamann could get to the ball. It was Kemp's second goal of the tournament and 17th of the season and came at the 29:23 mark of the first half.
St. Lawrence, the top seed in the tournament, pressed to tie it late in the second half, but could not get the ball through the Skidmore defense in a game which was evenly played from start to finish. Skidmore finished with a 11-10 overall edge in shots and had four shots on goal to two for the Saints. Each team had 10 penalty corners in the game.
Skidmore goaltender Liz Catinella posted her second shutout of the tournament with two saves while Lannamann finished with three for the Saints.
Skidmore improves to 15-3 on the season while the Saints finish their year at 12-6.
Joining Kemp on the all tournament team for Skidmore were Elise Britt, Catinella, defender Claire Superak, and forward Anne Murphy. The Saints were represented by defender Jen Stetson, forwards Joss-Elyse Smith and Brooke Maloney and midfielder Emily Riley. Union's Anne Hanson and Hamilton's Colleen Callaghan were also named to the all tournament team.