With a 6-1 victory over Wittenberg University on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Ladies field hockey team improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in conference.
Christine Bloom ’16 got Kenyon on the scoreboard first early on, and went on to score again later. Co-Captain Maddie Breschi ’16 also buried two goals, making it 4-0 going into halftime. Breschi earned conference Player of the Week for her performance. Alex Bair ’14 and Anna Petek ’17 closed out the scoring for the Ladies, with Bair scoring off an assist by Co-Captain Sammy Johnston ’15 and Petek nailing her first career goal. “They’re inspired by what we have done, and they know how hard they have to work in order to continue their success,” Head Coach Jacque DeMarco said.
The Ladies take the field next on Saturday, Sept. 28, when they’re away against Denison University. The next day they will host Oberlin College at noon.
After rebounding late, the football team failed to put together a final game-winning drive, falling to Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) 20-13. The loss dropped the Lords to 1-2 overall, 1-1 in conference.
Kenyon got on the board early, exciting the homecoming crowd of over 1,000 with a four-yard touchdown run by Blake Calcei ’16, but then OWU scored 20 unanswered points. The Lords then shut out OWU in the second half behind a defensive effort led by Co-Captain Reed Franklin ’14, who tallied five tackles for loss, and Co-Captain Sam McQuiston ’14, who notched a team-high 15 tackles. The offense, however, struggled, surrendering eight sacks and averaging less than two yards per carry. But early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Jake Bates ’15 found Jibri McLean ’17 for a 65-yard touchdown pass, bringing the Lords within one score.
“We missed a couple opportunities that we needed to win the game,” Head Coach Chris Monfiletto said.
The team returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 28 when DePauw University visits Gambier at 1 p.m.
Kenyon women’s tennis ended its fall season this weekend in Greencastle, Ind. at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournament. Although bad weather ended the tournament prematurely, Taylor Diffley ’16 and Samantha Murphy ’16 reached the semifinals of the singles consolation bracket.
“[We] played fairly well and picked up quite a few good wins,” Head Coach Scott Thielke said.
Jenna Murray ’17 is already contributing and is a player to watch this season as the team’s lone first year. Along with Diffley, Murphy, Madison Hoffman ’16, Lauren Hoffman ’16 and others, Murray is part of the core of a young team. Despite the team’s enormous potential, though, Thielke recognizes room for improvement.
“In the offseason, our players need to spend a good amount of time working on their consistency,” he said.
Last weekend, Kenyon’s volleyball team traveled to Hiram College to play against Hiram and the State University of New York at Fredonia. First, the Ladies lost 0-3 to Hiram. The next day, the Ladies played a full five sets against Fredonia, going up 2-1 in games before losing the next two sets and dropping the match. Co-Captain MaryJo Scott ’14 scored a new season record of 17 kills against Fredonia. “We’re right there, it’s just a matter of figuring it out when it comes down to crunch time,” Head Coach Katie Charles said.
Last night, the Ladies visited Westerville, Ohio to play Otterbein University, where they lost 1-3. The Ladies play next on Oct. 1 when they host Wittenberg University.