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Equestrians claim High Point Honors over the weekend

Joe Meixell | Wednesday, December 8, 2004

The Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s equestrian club competed in two shows this weekend at Taylor University. On Saturday, the Irish’ 23 points placed them behind first place Illinois (31 points), and second place Indiana (30 points), but on Sunday, the riders claimed High Point Honors with 38 points.In Saturday’s competition, Katie Baron garnered first in open flats and second in open fences with Kelsey Ostberg taking fourth in the same events. Molly Kopacz, fourth, and Julia Burke, sixth, also scored points in open flats.Three Irish riders – Chelsea Brown, Marina Cardona and Andrea Oliverio – took 1st in their intermediate flats divisions. Ana Richter and Molly Schmiege finished third and fourth. Other team highlights for the day included Mary Dorgant’s third place in novice fences, a fifth for Schmiege in intermediate fences, and a 2-3-4 finish in novice flats by Brittany Gragg, Catherine Linn, and Hayden Piscal.Heather LaDue and Lauren Croall tied for second in advanced walk-trot-canter, with Katy Booth sixth.This enabled Croall to qualify for regionals. Anne Trout’s sixth place finish in walk-trot completed the scoring.In Sunday’s action, the Irish captured first places in five events.Katie Baron in open flat, Andrea Oliverio in intermediate flat, Molly Schmiege in intermediate fences, Heather LaDue in walk-trot-canter and Anne Trout in walk-trot all took blue ribbons.Oliverio and Croall each took second, Dorgant and Marina Cardona third, Piscal, Linn, and Schmiege fourth, and Liz Bell, Ana Richter, and Laura Hale fifth place, and Julia Burke sixth in their events to complete the team scoring.Women’s Ice HockeyA short-handed women’s ice hockey club dropped two games at Ohio State this weekend, 10-3 and 9-3.The Irish were without the services of several key defensive players in Columbus. In each game, the Irish had more shots on goal than the Lady Buckeyes.Julia LaPointet, Jacky Kehler and Saint Mary’s Megan Mattia with an assist from Natalie Grasso each scored for the Irish in the first game. Mattia scored twice more in Sunday’s game, with an assist from Erin Walker on the first goal, and LaPointe scored unassisted for the final tally. Kara Brennan played in her debut at defense for the Irish.