Section: Lacrosse

Ladies dominate Wittenberg, Lords struggle against Denison

Ladies dominate Wittenberg, Lords struggle against Denison

Caroline O’Neil ’23 (left) scored six goals. She leads the team with 36 goals overall this season. | COURTESY OF KENYON ATHLETICS

On April 2, the Lords lacrosse team traveled to Granville, Ohio, while the Ladies stayed at home. The Ladies secured a blow-out win over Wittenberg University to bring their record to 8-1,  and the Lords fell to No. 20 Denison University, their first conference loss of the season, giving them a 6-3 record.



The Ladies began their offensive onslaught quickly, as Ella Murphy ’23 opened the scoring less than 90 seconds into the first quarter, beginning a 7-0 run. Kenyon was dominant through the first quarter, leading 10-2 after 15 minutes. From there, the Ladies continued to show off their outstanding offensive attack for the rest of the game, winning 22-5. Caroline O’Neil ’23 paced the Ladies with six goals, bringing her team-leading total to 36 goals. Julia Losey ’23, who had two goals in the game, attributed the team’s dominance to having a solid process in place. “I think what contributed to the team’s success was everyone working together on the field and focusing on the things that we needed to work on,” she wrote in an email to the Collegian.

The Ladies will now turn their attention to another NCAC team, No. 21 Denison University. Losey believes that playing against a nationally ranked rival, particularly on Alumni Day, will serve as extra motivation for the team. “This is a great opportunity to showcase everything that we have been working on since the fall, especially with parents and many lacrosse alumni coming back to watch,” she said. “We’re really hoping that our successes after playing them will give us a national ranking or show the IWLCA that we are worthy of a ranking as well.” 



In Granville, the Lords found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-0 deficit as the first quarter ended, thanks to a few quick goals by the Big Red to start the game. Denison carried their early momentum into the second, again scoring two goals in under a minute and forcing Kenyon to call a time-out. The teams traded goals and left the score at 7-3 at halftime.

Momentum seemed to swing the Lords’ way when Cameron Longway ’25 scored his second goal of the game to bring the score to 7-4, but the Big Red answered back eight seconds later with the first of six unanswered goals. Longway secured his hat trick with just under 12 minutes left in the game, but Denison responded with three more goals to cruise to a 16-7 victory. Mayo Amorello ’22, who made 15 saves in the loss, credited Denison for their ability to attack Kenyon’s weaknesses on defense. “They were constantly getting our defense to move and when we didn’t move cohesively they exposed us,” he wrote in an email to the Collegian.

The Lords will have a chance to get back in the win column when they play DePauw University on the road Saturday. Amorello believes that the Lords can learn from their loss to Denison, and work to find success against the Tigers. “If we go down there and do our job we can start regaining that momentum and we can get back on the right track,” he said.


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