By Alex Pijanowski
Kenyon field hockey easily defeated their opponents from The College of Wooster on Saturday with a score of 3-0.
Cecilia Depman ’15 and Shannon Hart ’18 each scored a goal. Rachel Hall ’15 earned another one, thereby adding to her lead as the most prolific field hockey scorer in Kenyon history.
For her efforts, Depman was named the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Week.
“This is my first time winning athlete of the week,” Depman wrote in an email to the Collegian. “It’s a huge honor and speaks volumes about the success and reputation of our team.”
The team, coming off its strongest season in recent years, must now shift its focus to advancing through the postseason.
“Team solidarity and commitment are two of the biggest reasons for our success,” Depman wrote. “We’ve faced some adversity in terms of injuries and adjusting to different lineups, but we’ve been able to remain composed and competitive and come out on top.”
On Wednesday night, the Ladies carried their 17-2 regular-season record into the semifinal round of their conference tournament against 9-10 Wittenberg University. In two prior meetings with Wittenberg this year, Kenyon won by a 3-2 score in both instances.
Despite Kenyon’s familiarity with their opponents, Hart said that Wittenberg’s frenetic style of play was a source of some concern leading up to the game.
“They’re quite speedy, and that took us by surprise,” Hart said. “It took us a while to adapt and not play their game, and play our game.”
Hart said that, in contrast to Wittenberg, the Ladies prefer “to play a very composed, very structured” game plan.
The Ladies secured a 2-0 win on the strength of two goals by Hart. They now advance to the conference finals, where they will face Denison University in Gambier on Saturday.