Women’s lacrosse suffers a loss after an early lead to Kenyon

The OWU women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Kenyon by the score of 10-6, last Wednesday.
Sophomore Cate Bailey started the Bishops off strong with a goal and an assist. However, Kenyon rebutted to take the win over OWU.

Junior Molly Curry scored only 11 seconds into the game. Following Curry’s example, Bailey saw junior Annie Swanson for a goal before converting a free-position shot for a 3-0 Ohio Wesleyan lead.

Bailey said she thought OWU came out on fire and with their few quick goals.

“We scored the first goal of the game with 11 seconds into the first half and that got us pretty excited,” she said.

Kenyon put points on the board with a pair of goals 37 seconds apart, then scored at the 20:08 mark to even the game at 3-3. A few minutes after the Kenyon Ladies scored, they tacked on three more goals making the score 6-3 by half time.

Kenyon remained strong into the second half, scoring three more goals, bringing the score to 9-3 halfway through the third period.

Bailey said when Kenyon came back in the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, she thought the team began to get a little discouraged.

Curry put the Bishops back into the game and onto the scoreboard 16 seconds after Kenyon’s last goal.
Freshman Eilee Foley and junior Meredith Wholley both scored goals within the last few minutes in the game, bringing the Bishops as close as they would come to coming back against Kenyon.

“We all work really well together as a team on and off the field,” said Bailey. “We play best when we all work together and help feed the ball on offense or make a pass to someone instead of running the ball down the field on our own.”

Curry said she thought the defense played very well throughout the game.

“We came together and caused some great turnovers,” she said. “Unfortunately, we had difficulty settling the ball on attack and did not play as composed as we normally do.”

Senior and goalkeeper Lauren Figy ended with 8 saves for the Bishops.

Curry said she is looking forward to playing Kenyon again in the post-season if the team makes it to the conference tournament.

“We won against Oberlin on Sunday so hopefully we will be able to keep this momentum on Friday when we play Denison,” she said.

Bailey said the last two games of the season are at home. She said Senior Night falling on Friday’s game against Denison should encourage a good turnout.

She said they play Mount St. Vincent on Sunday and hope to end their season with a win.

Bailey said in order to win the next few games they need to make sure they stay focused throughout the entire game and avoid getting discouraged if they get down by a few goals like they have done in the past.

The Bishops will face Denison at Selby Stadium Friday night at 7 p.m.

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