The Oberlin Review

In Time of Transition, Field Hockey Finds Best Start in Years

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

September 6, 2019

Behind a new coaching staff and 12 talented underclass students, the field hockey team is already having their best season since 2014 — and they’ve only played two games. With a 1–0 win against Ferrum College and a 2–0 win against Sweet Briar College, the Yeowomen have collected multiple victories in a single season for the first time since 2014 and two consecutive victories for the first time since 2010. The roster is largely made up of underclass students after graduating seven seniors this past spring. The team now has four seniors and one junior compared to six sophomores and six first-years. Captained by College seniors Luisa McGarvey and Libby Royer and College junior Reet Goraya, the Yeowomen ...

In The Locker Room with Jenna Gyimesi, College Senior, Varsity Athlete, Columbia School of Journalism Graduate Student

In The Locker Room with Jenna Gyimesi, College Senior, Varsity Athlete, Columbia School of Journalism Graduate Student

May 10, 2019

College senior Jenna Gyimesi can be found on every corner of the campus. At the Review office, we know her best as our hardworking News Editor, but she is also a varsity field hockey player, an equestrian team and fencing team member, vice president of the class of 2019, co-chair of the Student Honor Committee, and a triple-major in Politics, Law and Society, and Philosophy. However, Gyimesi will be directing her efforts toward a different campus in New York City after graduation. Next y...

In The Locker Room with Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty, Senior Field Hockey Player and Religion Major

In The Locker Room with Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty, Senior Field Hockey Player and Religion Major

May 3, 2019

College senior, field hockey player, and Religion major Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty was recently named Oberlin’s first recipient of the $25,000 Jacob’s Prize for the Study of Religion. Her submitted essay describes her experiences growing up as a church-goer with two gay parents and explore the ways in which both secular and religious cultures can be analyzed through a similar lense. She is also currently wrapping up her senior capstone, titled “Saints of the Amazigh: The Historical and Cult...

Reflections From a Graduating Four-Year Student-Athlete

Reflections From a Graduating Four-Year Student-Athlete

April 26, 2019

My four years as a student-athlete at Oberlin have been commemorated generously. In addition to a celebratory Senior Day, I developed as an individual with a community of athletes who turned a field hockey team into a family. The many hours I’ve spent with this team will remain some of my fondest college memories for the rest of my life. But to recognize my athletic career only on the field feels a bit incomplete; so many of my Oberlin athletic experiences actually took place in the newsro...

Field Hockey Maximizes Holistic College Experience

Field Hockey Maximizes Holistic College Experience

September 7, 2018

Field Hockey Head Coach Tiffany Saunders had no idea she wouldn’t be returning to Radford University at the conclusion of her fifth season as the lead assistant coach of the Highlanders. The news came in February 2014 that the school would be cutting its field hockey program, leaving Saunders shocked and uncertain about where she would end up next. Saunders had spent four years as a starter for the Highlanders before beginning her coaching career, and Radford, VA, was home. When Sau...

Yeowomen Struggle for Wins

Yeowomen Struggle for Wins

September 29, 2017

The Yeowomen could not find the net in a hard-fought battle against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops Tuesday, losing the match 3–0. The field hockey team has been unable to get into rhythm recently, as they dropped four games over six days, three of which were against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents. With the losses, the team drops to 0–6 in the conference and 1–10 overall. Despite the early season struggles, Head Coach Tiffany Saunders likes what she’s seen from he...

Anthem Supports False Narrative of Freedom

Kennedy Kline and Ua Hayes

September 29, 2017

When our field hockey team stood for the national anthem Saturday, it didn’t feel right. We didn’t feel proud to be standing for America because we didn’t feel that America offers anything worth being proud of. We’d felt this before: feelings of discomfort, confusion, and anger over being pressured to stand tall and strong in a display of unrelenting patriotism. At a certain point, we just couldn’t ignore the feeling anymore. In August and September 2016, Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, received an enormous amount of media attention after kneeling during the anthem before one of the 49ers’ football games. Immediately after, people demanded to know: Why did he kneel? Sinc...

Field Hockey Falls Short in NCAC Debut Against Kenyon

Field Hockey Falls Short in NCAC Debut Against Kenyon

September 8, 2017

After winning its first home opener in five years in an exhilarating victory over Lindenwood University last Saturday, field hockey has endured a two-game slump, including a shutout 7–0 loss to North Coast Athletic Conference rivals the Kenyon College Ladies. Fatigue plagued the small Yeowomen squad as the Ladies used their laden roster to their advantage. “The biggest challenge we faced against Kenyon was their roster size,” sophomore forward and midfielder Libby Royer wrote in an email t...

Symbolic Movements Need Active Participation

Ariana Enzerink, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2016

There’s been a lot of buzz within the Oberlin College athletics community recently about the seemingly unanimous, teamwide decision for the Oberlin College varsity field hockey team to kneel during the national anthem, following the highly publicized lead of Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes protesting police violence. As a member of the team, which I’m proud to say is comprised of passionate, vocal and hardworking young women, this act of protest motivated me to think more about the ways individuals participate in allyship and activism. To me, the power of being a part of a symbolic movement comes from understanding the issue and actively making the informed choice to join the larger, united group prote...

Field Hockey Joins Anthem Protest

Field Hockey Joins Anthem Protest

September 30, 2016

National anthem protests in athletics draw a range of reactions from scorn to admiration. That national debate came to Knowlton Athletics Complex when the field hockey team kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner last Friday. “[We want] to express to fellow students, community members and people everywhere that we will not accept racial violence and police brutality as a part of our country,” said senior captain Maureen Coffey. Coffey said the team was inspired to protest police violence...

Field Hockey Takes Hits on Road

Field Hockey Takes Hits on Road

September 16, 2016

The field hockey team has taken some hard falls. The Yeowomen were shut out 5–0 in their fourth game of the season on Tuesday against North Coast Athletic Conference rivals, the Kenyon College Ladies, in Gambier, Ohio. Despite holding an overall record of 0–4, 0–2 in conference play, Oberlin looks to an upcoming home game for a chance to earn its first win. The Yeowomen will face the Earlham College Quakers on Saturday at 11 a.m. and look to avenge a 3–0 loss in 2015. That loss came as...

In the Locker Room with Taylor Swift, Kendra Lian and Sophie Weinstein

In the Locker Room with Taylor Swift, Kendra Lian and Sophie Weinstein

November 6, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with field hockey seniors Sophie Weinstein, Kendra Lian and Taylor Swift to discuss nostalgia, personal development and the benefits of a positive team environment. How did your last game go? Taylor Swift: Our last game was against Kenyon [College], who’s number one in our conference. They scored twice on us in the first five minutes, and we were like, “This is going to be 70 minutes of awful.” But then we held them for 65 minutes! Kendra Lian: The fu...

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