Oberlin Falls in Seesaw Battle at Kenyon

Gambier, Ohio Oberlin fought tooth and nail for 60 minutes, but when the final horn sounded, the Yeowomen found themselves on the wrong end of a 13-11 decision at Kenyon on Thursday afternoon.

Six different Yeowomen found the back of the cage on the day, highlighted by Ilyssa Meyer's hat trick which resulted in her notching her 100th career goal in the crimson and goal. Rookie standout Grace Barlow also matched Meyer with three scores and now has a team-high eight tallies on the season.

"It was another gutty effort for our team out there today," Head Coach #Jacqueline McDevitt said. "We battled all game long, answering every goal and got up a few times, but couldn't keep the momentum in our favor. It was a good performance, but a tough one to swallow because we were right there for the whole game."

Kenyon jumped on the Yeowomen early with three scores out of the gate, but the Yeowomen were not phased as they responded with four straight goals of their own in just a 3:30 span. Sarah Andrews got the barrage going with her fifth finish of the season, while Meyer then followed with back-to-back goals before Kate Hanick eight-meter finish ended the run that gave the Yeowomen a 4-3 edge.

Kenyon would quickly get back to even, but with 12 minutes left in the half Bronwen Schumacher's first goal of the game put OC back on top. However, the home Ladies of Kenyon would cash in four straight goals before Barlow posted her first tally of the game just before the half to make it an 8-6 Ladies' advantage at the break.

Schumacher would open up the second-half scoring with an assist from Phoebe Hammer and just moments later she provided a helper of her own on Suzanna Doak's score that tied the game at nine. On the play, Schumacher won the draw and quickly worked through the Kenyon defense before finding Doak for the finish.

The Yeowomen claimed their first lead of the second half at 10-9 on Barlow's third tally of the contest, and Meyer would later give them an 11-10 cushion with just over 10 minutes left to play. Unfortunately, they were unable to hang on as the Ladies scored the game's final three goals to earn the win.

Senior goalie Madeleine O'Meara recorded six saves in the setback. Jodi Helsel aided the defensive effort with six ground balls.

Kenyon out-shot Oberlin 26-19 and had a slight edge in ground balls (26-21) and draw controls (14-12).

Oberlin will now head west to California for three games over spring break. Their first opponent is Pomona College on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST.


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