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Owls overpower Oberlin to stay in NCAC race

OBERLIN, Ohio – The Kenyon College women’s lacrosse team made its final North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season road trip on Wednesday evening, traveling to Oberlin, Ohio to take on Oberlin College in a must-win contest to stay alive for the conference tournament. 

Although the Yeowomen struck first, building an early 2-0 lead, the Owls took care of business for the rest of the contest, outscoring the home team 15-2 in the final 54 minutes of game time to lock up the 15-4 win. 

Lengel and Brophy each scored two goals apiece after Oberlin took a quick advantage, and Spencer Kirsch chipped in for five straight in the first and beginning of the second quarter to put Kenyon up 5-2 with 13:33 to play in the half. 

The Yeowomen netted an extra-player goal to stop the run, but three more Owls shots by Alex Tiatia, Bridgette Cassidy, and Blythe Karras all found the back of the net to end the first half up 8-3.

In the second half, the Kenyon defense continued to shut down the opposing offense, allowing just six shots while gaining an advantage in ground balls. On the day, Nola Garand was very good, making eight stops at a 66.7 percent clip. 

On the other end, the offense opened the third with four straight tallies, as Brophy got her third and fourth of the day, while Karras and Ali Hatfield each beat the Oberlin keeper for a 12-4 Kenyon lead after 45 minutes. Karras added two more in the fourth for her third and fourth goals, tying Brophy to lead the team in the 15-4 win. 

After the victory, Kenyon sits at 6-7 overall and 2-3 in the NCAC. The Owls will take on DePauw University on Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 pm for the final regular season game. If Kenyon wins, the team will clinch its fourth-straight NCAC tournament appearance.

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