By Rebecca Dann
The men’s lacrosse team ended its regular season with a huge win against Hiram College this past Saturday. This win bumped the Lords’ overall record up to 9-6 and their North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) record to 5-3. The Lords managed to score an impressive 29 goals, resulting in a final score of 29-6. “We got down 3-1 in that game, which was not expected, but it happens after getting right off the bus,” Head Coach Doug Misarti said. “We came back pretty quickly, though, and like the Mount St. Joseph’s game, a lot of guys got valuable minutes, which I was pleased about.”
J.T. Meyer ’18 scored the first goal of the game, putting Kenyon into the lead after two and a half minutes of play. Hiram then managed to score three consecutive goals in a little over two minutes, putting them in the lead. The Lords quickly recaptured the leading position and held onto it for the remainder of the game. Robert Jacobs ’17 scored two consecutive goals to tie the game 3-3, then Meyer scored his second goal of the game to bring Kenyon to a 4-3 lead. From this point on, Kenyon continued to dominate the field. The Lords scored eight goals total in the first quarter and went on to score nine goals in the second. Jacobs led the team with five goals, while in addition a total of six players each scored three goals. Kenyon outshot its opponents 59 to 22.
The Lords began their post-season conference play in the NCAC tournament against Ohio Wesleyan University, the top seed in the conference and third-ranked team. The top four seeds in the conference qualify for the tournament and Kenyon grabbed the number four spot with their 5-3 record. Earlier this season, Kenyon lost to OWU in a close game, 10-7. OWU is currently undefeated in their regular season schedule, resulting in a 14-game winning streak. “We played them real tough in the regular season and we were leading after three quarters 6-5, but we maybe didn’t play our best fourth quarter against them,” Misarti said. “They’re a good team and they took advantage of some of the errors that we made. So we’re feeling really good going into it. I think it’s a great opportunity for us.”