Skinner-Ligon Notches 22 Saves in the Vikings First Win

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 17, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse team (1-0) defeated Brookdale Community College (0-3) 12-8 on Friday evening.

The Vikings took an early lead when Mark Calicchia (Shaker/Loudonville) dodged down the alley, scoring in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Neil Swingruber (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) netted two goals in the first, increasing the Vikings’ lead to 3-1. Swingruber said, "It was tough getting off of the bus after such a long ride and we were fortunate to get out to an early lead in our first game."

After a three minute non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick, the Jersey Blues tied it up to end the quarter, despite the outstanding effort from goaltender Jahn Skinner-Ligon (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) who recorded seven saves during the penalty.

During the second, Chris Breault (Agawam/Agawam, MA) and Josh Moseman (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) each scored a goal in transition, carrying Hudson Valley to a 5-3 advantage. After Brookdale tied the score, Moseman found Aaron Thorpe (Ballston Spa/Malta) for a pretty assist and goal.

The Vikings ended the second with a two goal advantage after Swingruber drew a double team and found Austin Hinderliter (Johnstown/Ephratah) in front of the net, for a highlight reel backhand shot that snuck by the goalie. "Swingruber had to make a tough pass and my defenseman was all over my top side, so it was the only shot I had," Hinderliter said about his goal.

Building on the momentum from Hinderliter’s goal, Calicchia scored on a low to low rip in the opening minutes of the second half. Seconds later, Thorpe assisted Hinderliter again in front of the goal for his second goal.

Hudson Valley controlled the momentum after Calicchia and Hinderliter scored their third goals, and the Vikings’ defense held Brookdale scoreless in the third thanks to Skinner-Ligon’s four saves.

Skinner-Ligon finished the evening with a career-high 22 saves after recording nine saves in the fourth. He accepted no credit for his accomplishment stating, "I give all credit to my defense, they played great tonight and I'm really looking forward to this season."

Breault put the exclamation point on the victory when he stung the top corner in the final four minutes of the game. "We really looked like a team tonight," Breault said. "We had each other’s backs and stuck to the system and it was nice to come out on top."

The leading scorers for the Vikings were Hinderliter and Calicchia with three goals. Also scoring for the Vikings were Breault and Swingruber with two, and Thorpe and Moseman in the victory.

The men travel to Ocean on Tuesday for a game at 4 p.m.