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2024 Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview

GAMBIER, Ohio — Off the heels of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Kenyon College women’s lacrosse team heads into 2024 looking to build upon last year’s achievements with a new coach at the helm.

2023 Review:

  • 18-2 overall record, including 9-2 at home and 7-0 on the road
  • 6-0 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), securing the program’s second straight NCAC Championship
  • Runner-up in the NCAC Tournament
  • NCAA Tournament at-large qualifier; won a second-round game to advance to the ‘Sweet 16’ 

Preseason Polls:

The Owls checked in right near where they left off last season in both the national and conference standings. Kenyon checked in at No. 21 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) ILWomen/IWLCA Division III national preseason poll, just a spot lower than the No. 20 ranking the Owls finished last season with. In the NCAC preseason coaches’ poll, Kenyon finished a single point behind first place in second, earning three of seven first-place votes and 45 overall points. Denison, who bested the Owls in the 2023 NCAC Tournament Championship, took the top spot with 46 points and the remaining four first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan (31), DePauw (25), Wooster (23), Oberlin (18), and Hiram (8) rounded out the projected league standings.

Key Returners:

  • Mallory Brophy – First Team IWLCA All-Region, NCAC Midfielder of the Year, and All-NCAC First Team awardee as a sophomore. Started all 20 games, ranking second in ground balls (34), third in caused turnovers (14), and fourth in points (38), goals (32), and draw controls (44).
  • Nola Garand – IWLCA All-Region Second Team and All-NCAC First Team goalkeeper who posted a 17-2 record with a .485 save percentage and an 8.24 goals against average as a sophomore.
  • Maddie Garner – 2022 IWLCA All-Region and All-NCAC First Team. Started all 20 games last year, ranking third on the team in draw controls (46) and fourth in caused turnovers (12).
  • Maren Helmacy – IWLCA All-Region Second Team and All-NCAC First Team defender who ranked first in caused turnovers (18) and fifth in ground balls (28).
  • Blythe Karras, Spencer Kirsch, Ashley Quinn – Combined for 91 points on 60 goals and 31 assists.
  • Kate Lengel – Her 38 goals were second-most on the team, and her 43 points ranked third.
  • Lily Mason – IWLCA All-Region and All-NCAC Second Team as a first-year, earning NCAC Newcomer of the Year honors. Second in draw controls (52), third in goals (37), and fifth in points (37).
  • Alex Tiatia – 2022 NCAC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-NCAC first teamer in 2021 and 2022 who returns after not playing last season.

Key Departures:

  • Tatumn Eccleston – IWLCA All-Region and All-NCAC Second Team as a senior. Second on the team with 57 points after dishing out 48 assists, the second-most in program history, and adding nine goals.
  • Emma Hutchison – First Team IWLCA All-Region and All-NCAC as a senior. Her 15 caused turnovers ranked second, her 32 ground balls ranked third, and she added 13 draw controls.
  • Julia Losey – Earned All-NCAC Third Team honors as a senior. Led the team with 87 draw controls, adding 23 points, 21 goals, 20 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers.
  • Ella Murphy – 2022 All-NCAC Second Team honoree who scored 23 goals with eight assists last season while snagging 30 ground balls, 15 draw controls, and 10 caused turnovers.
  • Caroline O’Neil – Graduated as a two-time (2022 and 2023) IWLCA All-American, IWLCA All-Region First Team honoree, NCAC Offensive Player of the Year, and All-NCAC First Team member. Her 80 points last season were fifth-most in program history, and she led the team with 60 goals and ranked second with 20 assists.

Schedule Overview:

  • Season Opener: Saturday, February 17, at John Carroll University (1 p.m.)
  • Home Opener: Saturday, March 2, vs. Baldwin Wallace University (10 a.m.)
  • NCAC Opener: Friday, April 10, at Ohio Wesleyan University (7 p.m.)

How to Follow: 

Fans can follow Kenyon women’s lacrosse throughout the season via the following links: 

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