Balancing academics, athletics, and other extracurriculars at an elite institution like Oberlin is a challenge that very few student-athletes manage to tackle for all four years. Last weekend, four different varsity teams at Oberlin honored their seniors and celebrated the contributions they have made in the classroom, in the community, and on their respective field or court over the past four years.
The softball team honored its trio of seniors — Kat Ladouceur, Hannah Rasmussen, and Emma Downing — on Saturday with a celebratory lunch in the Knowlton Athletics Complex and at Culhane Field before their doubleheader with the Kenyon College Ladies Wednesday. The Yeowomen earned a split, running their conference win total to four.
The men’s tennis team honored seniors Elias Duthinh and Matthew Gittings before their matchup with the Allegheny College Gators Saturday, in which the Yeomen cruised to a 9–0 victory. Gittings went 2–0 on the day in the sixth position of singles play.
The women’s lacrosse team enjoyed a 14–1 victory over the Hiram College Terriers on Saturday. Seniors Sabrina Deleonibus, Hayley Drapkin, Sydney Allen, Jenna Butler, and Siena Marcelle were honored before the game and celebrated with a late lunch afterward.
The men’s lacrosse team honored seniors Michael Pruchnicki, Jay Messina, Elie Small, Jake Parentis, Dan Nerenhausen, John Parks, Michael Miller, and Will Prangley before the opening face-off against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots Saturday. After a hard-fought game, they lost by just one goal.