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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Skidmore: Christine Kemp earns Liberty League honors

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Skidmore: Christine Kemp earns Liberty League honors

Field hockey sophomore Christine Kemp (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) topped a group of Skidmore fall athletes receiving 2008 Liberty League postseason awards.

Kemp tops the Liberty League in scoring as she leads the Thoroughbreds (13-3) into field hockey conference playoffs this weekend and a first-round matchup with Union. The forward scored 15 goals and recorded 12 assists for 42 points, ranking her 20th in the nation in points per game. A five-time selection for Offensive Performer of the Week, she also leads the league in shots (88), shots on goal (73), and game winning goals (5). She scored a career-high four goals in a 5-0 win over Vassar earlier in the season.

Kemp, a unanimous All-Liberty League first team selection, is joined by juniors Elise Britt (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Casey Tang (Columbia, Md.).

Britt was second only to Kemp in league scoring with 28 points (13 goals, two assists). Britt posed a threat to opposing defenses throughout the season, which was highlighted by a three-goal performance against SUNY New Paltz.

Tang led the Skidmore defensive unit, which leads the conference in goals allowed (.81 goals per game), goals against average (0.73 goals per game), and points allowed (2.14 points per game.). A tenacious defender and excellent stick handler, Tang provided a solid strength in the backfield for the Thoroughbreds, who allowed just two goals in their last eight games.

Sophomores Lauren McCarthy (Ipwsich, Mass.) and goalie Liz Catinella (Sudbury, Mass.) also contributed to the strong defense as they earned second team honors. McCarthy, a center midfielder, created a lot of options for the offense as well as posting a solid presence on the defensive end. Catinella helped break a Skidmore season record of eight shutouts as the Thoroughbreds posted nine in the regular season. She recorded 79 saves on the season and had a 0.76 goals against average.

Sophomore Claire Superak (Carrboro, N.C.) earned honorable mention all-Liberty League as she combined with Tang in the backfield. Superak was tied for third in the league with three defensive saves this season.

Women’s soccer senior midfielder Rachael Sushner (Potomac, Md.) was a first team selection as she leads Skidmore (12-4-3) into its first round playoff match-up against Union. Skidmore’s main playmaker, Sushner ranks fourth in the Liberty League in scoring with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. She collected five game winners on the season, including two clutch goals in 1-0 wins over Smith College and Utica College.

Senior Leila Wendler (Maynard, Mass.), sophomore Lindsay Schmitt (Mendon, Mass.) and freshman goalkeeper Meghan Sleezer (Gloversville, N.Y.) all received second-team honors as they anchored the Skidmore defense. The Thoroughbreds allowed just eight goals all season and lead the Liberty League in shutouts (13), goals allowed (0.42 goals per game), goals against average (0.41 goals per game), and points allowed per game (1.21 points per game).

Junior Emily Quirk (Maplewood, N.J.) also received second team honors. Quirk posted three goals and one assist from the midfield position.

Men's soccer seniors Silas Doyle-Burr (Bristol, Vt.) and Pat Phelan (Wallingford, Conn.) were named Liberty League honorable mention for the 10-6-3 Thoroughbreds.

Phelan tied for the team lead in scoring with five goals and one assist for 11 points. Doyle-Burr held down the defense for the Thoroughbreds, who went 3-1-1 in their final five games.

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