Yeomen Drop a Heartbreaker to Kenyon

Gambier, Ohio Oberlin led 5-1 at halftime but could not make it stand up, and the home-standing Lords of Kenyon came back to steal a 7-6 win from the Yeomen on Saturday afternoon.

Oberlin led 6-2 early in the fourth quarter following Alex Wagman's fourth goal of the game, but Kenyon would score five goals over the final 11:07 to send the Yeomen home heartbroken. The game-winning score came with just 15 seconds to go as Nicky Lenard finished off an assist from Trey Trudell.

"This is extremely difficult," Head Coach Topher Grossman said. "For us to play such a strong game and to lose it like that at the end, it really hurts. With that being said I was proud with the way the guys fought all game long and my hat goes off to Kenyon for finding a way."

The Lords scored the game's first goal, but the Yeomen ripped off five straight heading into the halftime. Connor Jackson put the Yeomen on the board with his 10th tally of the season at the 5:47 mark of the first quarter.

Sean Higgins, who is the team's leading scoring, did not score on this day but he did assist Wagman on Oberlin's second score. Jackson would tack on his second goal of the quarter to make it a 3-1 game, before Wagman would score the only two goals of the second quarter with the second coming on a man-up opportunity.

Kenyon's Mackie Avis cashed in the lone goal of the third quarter, before the frantic fourth period. Following the go-ahead score in the closing moments, Oberlin won the face-off and called timeout with nine seconds left, but was unable to squeeze off a final shot attempt.

Kenyon finished with a 43-28 edge in shots and 31-25 advantage in ground balls. Oberlin did well clearing as it was successful on 20 of 22 attempts, and the Yeomen also had less turnovers than the Lords with 15 compared to their 22.

The Yeomen return home to host NCAC foe Denison on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

2013-03-30



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