The Oberlin Review

Yeowomen Set New Precedent, Runners-Up at NCACs

Phoebe Hammer, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Last weekend, for the first time in recent history, the women’s tennis team competed in the North Coast Athletic Conference championships. Although it lost 1–5 to the eight-ranked team in the nation, DePauw University, the Yeowomen put together one of the best seasons in program history and still have a chance to make the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. The Yeowomen, despite playing such a formidable opponent, came into the match with high expectations. “We were clearly the underdogs, but also knew that at every spot in our lineup we could compete with them, and even win. We were really ready going into the match,” said sophomore Brenna Sheldon, who played in the No. 2 singles spot. “There was...

Molly is Marvelous Again as Yeo Track and Field Excels

Kirby Livingston, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

The men’s and women’s track and field teams were all over the map last weekend, with athletes competing at three separate meets. The Yeomen decathletes and Yeowomen heptathletes had particularly good showings at the North Coast Athletic Conference Multi-Event Meet in Delaware, OH, where the men scored six points and women scored five points toward this weekend’s NCAC Championship. But the highlight of the weekend came two days earlier, when sophomore distance runner Molly Martorella posted her third record-breaking performance of 2012 in Hillsdale, MI. The Yeomen’s success started in the decathlon, with juniors Sean Dembowski and Vlad Bursuc both placing and earning points for the team. Dembrowski finished...

Yeo-Racqueteers End Season on High

Kate Hanick, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Following a tough 1–5 loss to Allegheny College, the men’s tennis team pulled off an impressive 5–4 win against Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, April 29, at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship tournament in Gambier, OH. The win, which concluded the Yeomen’s season, earned them seventh place in the NCAC, ahead of Ohio Wesleyan and The College of Wooster. Senior Joe Leffler led the Yeomen against OWU, winning at No. 6 singles in a tightly contested match that went into extra games each set. Leffler won the first tiebreaker by a nail-biting 7–6 (7–1) score, lost the second set 5–7 and then rallied to score four straight points in the match-ending 7–6 (7–5) final set win. “It was...

In the Locker Room with Katie Baldonieri, Kristine Kuchta, and Kristen Dix

James Kriz, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

What was the best moment during your senior seasons? Kristen Dix: Beating Wittenberg [University]. We knocked them out of contention for the [NCAC] tourney on their Senior Day. Kristine Kuchta: Yeah, they pretty much all cried. It was awesome. What changes have you experienced in the program since your first year? Katie Baldonieri: The makeup of the team has changed for sure. We are the first class to have been actively recruited. Since our arrival, the program has become much more serious. KD: Definitely true. What do you see for the future of this team? KK: More good things in the years to come. KD: It’s only going to get better. KB: If we get good freshman classes consistently, we real...

Softball Gets Its Swag Back Against Wittenberg

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

April 27, 2012

The women’s softball team has made history — again. On Wednesday evening in Springfield, Ohio, the Yeowomen notched two stunning victories against the Wittenberg University Tigers with scores of 4–10 and 6–9. They are the team’s third and fourth North Coast Athletic Conference wins of the season — tying a program record — and also its first-ever sweep of a doubleheader against a conference foe. The heavily-favored Tigers (22–16 overall, 7–9 NCAC), who are ranked fourth in the conference, took the field with a berth to the conference tournament on the line and probably expected a cakewalk. But the eighth-place Yeowomen (14–24, 4–10), preceded by a tough losing stretch in which six of eight...

Baseball Ends Season with a Split

Phoebe Hammer, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

After 40 games in just over two months, the baseball team finished their season this Wednesday against Wilmington College of Ohio in a split. The Yeomen lost their first game in a close, 8–7 match, but battled back and secured a final victory with a 6–7 score. In the first game, the Yeomen took an early lead, but the Quakers managed to come back after errors late in the game. “We were down going into the seventh inning, and we made a comeback to tie it up, but then we made a few costly errors to get the loss,” commented sophomore Michael McDonald. In the second game, the Yeomen came out strong to snap their 12-game losing streak, but it was no easy battle. At the top of the seventh inning, Oberlin led ...

Splash ‘N Dash Triathlon Sets Sights on Community Outreach

Samantha Dudzinski

April 27, 2012

The swimming and diving team is hosting its Splash ’N Dash triathlon, set for Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. beginning at Philips Gymnasium. The Splash ’N Dash consists of a sprint triathlon involving 500 yards of swimming in Carr Pool, a 20-kilometer bike ride towards Lake Erie and a 5-kilometer run along the Oberlin cross country trail. It is open to community members and Oberlin staff as well as students. One of the unique features of the Splash ’N Dash is that it can be completed individually or as a team of three. Last year, the individual winner was current senior Benjamin Schild, while the team award went to current sophomore swim team members Chris Pickens, Isaac Bacon and Rob McConky, also known as Chrispy...

Sophomore Noel Myers looks to clear upfield in a recent game against Bethany College. The Yeomen defeated the Bison 13-3 before taking on La Roche and Kenyon this week.

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...

Women’s Tennis Shows No Signs of Slowing

Kirby Livingston and Molly Bloom

April 20, 2012

The women's tennis squad is nearly finished with its best regular season since 2007. The team’s 16–5 overall record is highlighted by an ongoing 11-game winning streak, which continued on Tuesday in an 8–1 win against conference rival Kenyon College. But the streak’s high point came two days earlier, when the Yeowomen stunned the ten-time reigning North Coast Athletic Conference champions from Denison University, ranked No. 26 in the nation, by a margin of 3–6. “[Denison] has consistently proven to have some of the top competitors, not only in our conference, but in our region,” said junior Preeya Shah, who has won her last 13 matches in singles play. “That’s why coming off the court with a convincing...

To Nationals And Back: With Chris McLauchlan

Molly Bloom, Staff Writer

April 13, 2012

First-year diving phenom Chris McLauchlan blew away his competition at the Division III NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis from March 21–23. McLauchlan notched not one but two All-American spots by finishing seventh in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives, adding to the College’s impressive swimming and diving pedigree by becoming its 23rd All-American. The Review sat down to talk with the dynamic first-year about making a splash on the D-III scene, dance and his teammates. How did College nationals rank as a diving experience? I competed in age-group nationals when I was 14, so I have had some experience with it before, but this is college so it is a lot more interesting. It was the Olympic tr...

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