By Rebecca Dann
This past Saturday, the Lords played sixth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in their second conference game of the season here on McBride Field and lost 10-7, marking their first conference loss of the season. “I thought we played very well, and I thought it was a good game throughout, hard-fought,” Head Coach Doug Misarti said. “They took advantage of a couple mental errors in the later stages of the game, but I thought we played a good game. I was pleased, and I think it’s a good sign of things as we move forward.”
The Lords appeared to dominate the field in the first quarter, as they gained the lead within the first three minutes of the game with a goal by first year Jonah Florence ’18, assisted by Robert Jacobs ’17. Kenyon held off Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) and increased their lead to 2-0 seven minutes later with a goal by Jacobs. OWU quickly retaliated just a minute later with their first goal of the game, bringing the score to 2-1. Two minutes later Kenyon regained their two-point lead thanks to a goal by Alex Lopez ’17. The Lords furthered their lead at the start of the second quarter with a goal by Justin Coleman ’15, assisted by Pierce Kraft ’18, which increased their lead to three points.
OWU scored their second goal of the game just seconds later, but Kenyon reclaimed their comfortable three-point lead with a goal by Pat Kim ’15, assisted by Nicky Lenard ’15, three minutes later, bringing the score to 5-2. During the third quarter, OWU upped their offensive play and tied the Lords 5-5, but with 10 seconds left in the quarter the Lords pulled ahead by a point, as Lenard scored during man-up, assisted by Kim. During the fourth quarter, the Lords were unable to hold back OWU, as their opponent managed to score a total of five points. With three minutes left in the game, the Lords were down 9-6 but Fritz Waine ’15 managed to score, bringing the score to 9-7. OWU then scored again and Kenyon was unable to catch them, resulting in a final score of 10-7.
“I feel for three quarters that we may have been the better team but we need to learn to pull those games out and I think a game like Saturday certainly helps us move in that direction,” Misarti said.
The Lords played Otterbein University last night and loss 10-7. The Lords next play Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. this coming Saturday.