The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Madeleine O’Meara, Ilyssa Meyer and Christina Perez-Tineo

Maxwell Sugarman, Sports Editor

April 5, 2013

How is the season going so far? What is your record? Ilyssa Meyer: Right now our record is 1–8, but that doesn’t reflect the hard work and dedication that we have been putting into the season so far. Also, the scoreboard has not been reflecting the heart on the field, which is really important to note and should be known publicly. I think that this season we are playing a lot harder teams than this program has ever faced before. If you look at the stats, we’re ranked 135th in the nation, and we are playing teams that are ranked between 50th and 70th in the nation. We’re playing teams that are significantly better than us, and as a team our measuring stick has not been wins and losses. We are going into every...

Playing for Seton Hill

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

April 5, 2013

This February, my lacrosse team played Seton Hill University, a Division-II team from Pennsylvania, in a friendly scrimmage. Fortunately, we didn’t keep score. Our opponents outmatched us in skill, speed and hunger for the ball. Although we hated them on the field as they pushed us around, we battled to rise to their level and learn from them. In the practices following the scrimmage, my coach often yelled, “Seton Hill pace!” when we weren’t working hard enough to encourage us to play with the same intensity. On March 16, a charter bus carrying the 23 players and coaches of Seton Hill’s women’s lacrosse team veered off the side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree while they were on their...

Men’s Lacrosse Fights Through Three-Game Losing Streak

Shuntaro Shirota

April 5, 2013

The Yeomen have battled through a rough spring break, losing to both the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops and the Kenyon College Lords, while also falling to the nationally ranked Denison University Big Red this Tuesday. In the three contests, the Yeomen were outscored 35–10. The showdown against the Battling Bishops on March 23 was highlighted by OWU’s merciless offensive attack and stifling defense. By the conclusion of the first half, the Battling Bishops had already amassed 11 scores while completely shutting out Oberlin’s attack. OWU held nothing back in the second half, scoring five more goals. Oberlin’s leading scorer this year, sophomore Sean Higgins, explained that “[going into the game]...

In the Locker Room Thomas Cool, Connor Jackson and Matt Rogers

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

March 8, 2013

With two games down, how are you guys feeling about the season so far? Thomas Cool: Pretty good. Last year we struggled to get things going offensively, but our defense looked pretty good. But this year we have Connor back and a bunch of freshmen, so our attack is looking a lot better. Connor Jackson: Our team is way more close this year, and it’s nice to have a full roster, definitely. Even though we are young, with so many freshmen, everyone has played for a number of years, so our lacrosse IQ and experience is a lot better. Matt Rogers: We are a really tight team this year; we’re really close. We hate losing. We really hate losing, more than we like winning, probably. So we’re just going to go out ...

Women’s Lacrosse Starts Season with 8–9 Win

Erickson Andrews

March 8, 2013

On a bitterly cold and snowy Saturday afternoon, the Yeowomen managed to hold off the threatening University of Mount Union Purple Raiders to earn their first win of the season. Oberlin got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 1–5 lead early in the first half despite having no substitutions due to injuries. First- year Grace Barlow, junior Sarah Andrews and senior Ilyssa Meyer all contributed goals in the early surge. After the early lead, the Yeowomen didn’t close out the half as they would have liked, and their lead fell to just three at halftime. The Yeowomen were caught sitting on their heels at the start of the second half, as Mount Union put in three goals to make it 6–6 with a little over 17 minutes...

Men’s Lacrosse Dominates in Season Opener

Rose Stolof, Staff Writer

March 1, 2013

After a long and focused preseason, the men’s lacrosse team put their preparation to the test on Saturday afternoon in their season opener against Olivet College. The Yeomen proved themselves ready, soundly defeating Olivet 11–22. The team began the game with fervor. “We were really firing on all cylinders; we had a lot of intensity,” said junior captain Mickey Fiorillo. Sophomore Sean Higgins led the offensive charge, scoring five goals of his own in the first half. The Yeomen jumped out in front early, leading 2–10 after one quarter and 5–16 at the half. Oberlin’s success came as a result of very directed preseason preparation, both physically and mentally. The team exercised much more discipline...

Spring Preview: Women’s Lacrosse

Ellie Huizenga

February 22, 2013

Coming off of an incredible season in 2012, the women’s lacrosse team is ready to take the North Coast Athletic Conference by storm again this year. Starting her second season with the Yeowomen aftering earning NCAC Coach of the Year, Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt said, “The team has chosen to take the program to the next level. We are starting this year at a better foundation.” “I think that we have more room to be creative this season, now that we’ve got the basics down,” said sophomore Kate Hanick. “Coach is trying to get us into a play mode where we don’t have to stick to a concrete plan,” she said. Hanick concluded last year’s season with 39 goals and 10 assists, earning her All-NCAC Honorable...

Spring Preview: Men’s Lacrosse

Ellie Huizenga

February 15, 2013

The men’s lacrosse team is looking forward to an exciting upcoming season, intending to "make a substantial jump this year,” according to Head Coach Topher Grossman. He is looking forward to “taking the next step for our program, which is competing for a conference championship.” With this year’s deeper roster, Coach Grossman knows that it is a “lofty but attainable” goal. This young team with 14 first-years gives the Yeomen a lot of fresh talent to put on the field. The more seasoned players are looking forward to the freshman class stepping up and making an impact this season. There are many young players, but the upperclassmen are ready to carry their team to victory. With seniors starting at attack,...

Double Hat Trick Leads Higgins, Yeomen, to Gold

Double Hat Trick Leads Higgins, Yeomen, to Gold

April 27, 2012

According to first-year standout Sean Higgins, he was just in the right place at the right time. Six times. “It was a bad pass fed to the crease, and I picked it up from up top and scored [in the] low right[-hand corner of the goal],” explained Higgins, who led men’s lacrosse with six goals in a 7–17 win against the La Roche College Redhawks on Saturday. Higgins impressed both himself and his father, who was watching proudly from the stands, with his goal-scoring streak. “I thought...

Another Win, Another Record: Lax Beats ‘Gheny

James Kriz, Staff Writer

April 20, 2012

The women’s lacrosse team ground out two hard-fought wins last week, earning a 10-8 victory against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Allegheny College Alligators last Saturday, and topping Thiel College 8-7 three days later. First-year midfielder Bronwen Schumacher earned NCAC Player of the Week honors, particularly for scoring the game-clinching goal in the Yeowomen’s win over Allegheny, the first conference victory for the program since 2007. Allegheny, which a year ago beat the Yeowomen 22-4, was caught off guard early in Saturday’s game at Fred Shults Field when Oberlin came out flying. Schumacher started the scoring a little more than two minutes into the game. After four more quick goals, two of which...

In the Locker Room with Teddy Pallis and James Kriz

Phoebe Hammer, Staff Writer

April 20, 2012

I couldn’t help but notice interesting facial hair on members of the team right now. Is there a purpose for this? James Kriz: I’m so glad you asked. We’ve been waiting to tell you. Teddy Pallis: [The mustaches] symbolize commitment and teamwork, but mainly manliness. Everyone should be doing it, regardless of ability to grow said mustache. How has the lacrosse program changed since your freshman year? TP: It’s dramatically different; there is no question. The expectations are much higher [now], and that is just a product of the level of play that we are striving for, that we are now able to achieve. There is a big difference between the ability that we have and where we can go now. JK: Much h...

In the Locker Room: Alice Zicht and Lori Sako

Kirby Livingston

April 6, 2012

How long has it been since the team was this successful? Lori Sako: This has been our best start to a season since 1995 or 1996. Alice Zicht: We’re making herstory. How have you dealt with the numerous coaching and personnel changes over the past few seasons? AZ: The experience has really brought us together. We’re so much more of a family now. There is no divide between upperclassmen and underclassmen since [Head] Coach McDevitt and [Assistant] Coach Flego are new to all of us. We have learned that we play for each other and not our coaches. LS: [The changes have] made us a lot more mentally tough. You’ve already won twice as many games as you won last year, and you’re guaranteed to go at least .5...

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