In the last two weeks, the Kenyon field hockey team played four matches, winning three and losing one. This brings its record to 7-6 (4-3 NCAC).
During the Owls’ game against DePauw University, Kenyon’s goalkeeper, Megan Lydon ’25, played a big role in the game by making 11 important saves. From the start, DePauw had more control over the game, taking more shots and having more corner opportunities in the first quarter. But Kenyon’s defense, including Lydon’s saves, held the Tigers off, keeping the score 0-0.
Although DePauw eventually scored in the third quarter, Kenyon kept pushing for a goal and had its chances, especially in the fourth quarter. However, the Owls struggled to find the net, resulting in a 1-0 win for the Tigers.
A few days later, Kenyon took on the College of Wooster. The Owls’ offense, previously shut out in their last three games, swiftly found success just over five minutes into the match.
Hannah Paprotna ’24 scored her second goal of the season after Grace Lane ’25’s ball from a penalty corner found her at the Fighting Scots’ net. Wooster quickly responded with a goal, leveling the score at 1-1.
In the second quarter, Kenyon broke the tie with Lane’s impressive shot, taking a 2-1 lead. Shortly before halftime, Ella Haskins ’25 extended the lead to 3-1. These goals made it Kenyon’s second-highest-scoring half of the 2023 season.
The second half saw limited offensive action from both teams. Kenyon’s defense, led by Liz Cramer ’25, Lauryn Rauschenberger ’24 and Lucy Scott ’24, prevented any further goals from Wooster. Kenyon maintained its lead, outshooting Wooster 14-5 and gaining an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners. The game concluded with a 3-1 victory for the Owls, with Lydon making three crucial saves in goal.
In an email to the Collegian, Paprotna described the strengths of the team: “Our past few games we worked great as a team connecting passes and plays. Even if the other team scores first we come back firing.”
On Saturday, the Owls secured their second consecutive win with a 3-1 victory on the road against Transylvania University. The Owls bounced back from a 1-0 deficit early in the game to emerge victorious.
Lane played a crucial role in leading Kenyon’s offense, scoring the equalizer in the eighth minute. The Owls continued their offensive pressure, outshooting the Pioneers 4-0 in the second half. Abby Golub ’27 and Maren Lawrence ’27 each added goals, securing a 3-1 win for Kenyon.
In total, Kenyon outshot Transylvania 14-1, with a significant 10-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 13-3 lead in penalty corners, showcasing their offensive dominance.
Rounding out the busy week, Kenyon took on Washington and Jefferson College, securing an 4-1 win. With goals from Lawrence, Lane and Lana Stone ’26 (2), the Owls outshot the Presidents 14-4.
The Owls will take on Earlham College on Saturday, followed by their Senior Day game on Sunday against Concordia University (Wis.). “We are so excited for [our] senior game to finally be here,” Paprotna shared, “it’s going to be so exciting to finally celebrate our class and how much we have been through since coming in our freshmen year with the pandemic. We truly have been through so much together.”