Spring Update: Slew of Successes

Multiple teams broke school records in one of the most successful spring starts in Oberlin College athletics history. With the spring season underway, the Review has compiled the successes and failures of the Yeomen and Yeowomen as they move further into their seasons.

Quinn Hull and Madeline O'Meara

Women’s Lacrosse The Yeowomen set the bar high as they began their spring season with the best start in program history, setting off an eight-game winning streak before losing to last year’s North Coast Athletic Conference champion, Denison University. First-year phenom Kate Hanick was named NCAC Player of the Week and leads the team in scoring with 29 goals. The team has already doubled their wins from last season and needs only one more win to have a .500 record. Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt looks forward to the rest of conference play. “We have built a solid foundation over the past two months, and I am excited and energized to put into play all of the things we’ve learned,” McDevitt said.

Men’s Lacrosse Led by 2011 NCAC Coach of the Year Topher Grossman, the men’s lacrosse team continues to work hard despite some setbacks early in the season that have led them to a 2–6 record. Senior Matt Fineman’s winning overtime goal against Alvernia University and first-year Erickson Andrews’ 21 saves during Oberlin’s loss to Denison on April 3 demonstrates evidence of improvement as the Yeomen continue their season.

Track and Field Oberlin runners battled in their first competition in Atlanta, GA, over spring break at the Emory Invite with two NCAC Players of the Week, a national record and second-place finishes for both the men and women. First-year Carey Lyons ran the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 23.08 seconds, besting a school record. Fellow first-year Tiffany Henry followed suit with a throw of 135 feet, 4 inches in the hammer toss to also defeat a school record. Both Lyons and Henry were awarded recognition as NCAC Players of the Week. Sophomore Molly Martorella continued the trend, running the 1500-meter event with a time of 4:33.51, the fastest time in the nation.

Softball The Yeowomen are rewriting history as the team is already tied for the most wins as any season in the program’s past with a record of 8–14. Sophomore pitcher Emily King set another program record when she threw the first perfect game against Franciscan University. King set a single-game home run record in the same game with three home runs. The team dropped their first two conference double-headers against Kenyon College and Denison, but they look to improve on their season with upcoming conference games. Head Coach Mimi Mahon said, “We need to get back to the point [where it’s fun again]. The in-conference opposition is more solid.”

Baseball With a record of 15–10 overall and 4–0 in conference, the Yeomen are only two victories away from the highest number of wins in baseball history. The team went 5–7 at the Greater Phoenix Invitational in Arizona over spring break, prompting Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz to note that “[These games] bring the guys together so they can see what it’s going to take.” Their season has been highlighted by junior pitcher Eric Knight’s no-hitter against Allegheny College as well as the team’s taking the lead NCAC batting average in the at .355. The team swept Hiram College in their first conference games, winning back-to-back double-headers. They look to extend a promising conference start in their upcoming games against Kenyon College and Allegheny University.

Swimming and Diving First-year Chris McLauchlan has claimed All-American status in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives for his performance in the Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships. McLauchlan is Oberlin’s 23rd All-American athlete.

Women’s Tennis The Yeowomen have contributed to the slew of spring successes with a four-match winning streak bringing their overall record to 9–5. On March 17, they handily defeated both Walsh University and John Carroll University, followed by a shutout victory against Tiffin University. The team snagged a No. 11 ranking in the Central Region, while senior powerhouse Ariel Lewis was ranked as the No. 7 player.

Men’s Tennis With their recent 6–3 defeat of the College of Wooster, the men’s tennis team has improved to an overall record of 8–8. That victory also brought them to 2–0 in conference play. The Yeomen added two wins over their spring break trip in Hilton Head, SC, coming off losses to DePauw University and Wisconsin-Whitewater University to shutout Hartwick College 9–0.