The Oberlin Review

Contact Sports In Times Of COVID

Zoe Kuzbari, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

With Oberlin College student-athletes returning to practice, coaches of contact-heavy sports have had to navigate new policies and regulations to ensure the safety of players and staff. All fall contact sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and football, started their practices in smaller groups and have gradually expanded the number of players on the field. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Palmer says that practices have been going well and that his players seem to have fun despite new precautions.  “The team has been following protocols outlined by our head athletic trainer and team doctors, which include daily temperature checks, wearing masks, social distancing, and gradual integrati...

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 ...

Jenna Gyimesi

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...

Katie Ryan-O'Flaherty

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...

As many of the spring sports teams celebrated Senior Day last weekend, College senior and former field hockey player Julie Schreiber took some time to reflect on her four-year career for the Yeowomen.

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...

The seven seniors on the field hockey team.

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...

Sophomore midfielder Libby Royer carries the ball up the sideline, weaving through the DePauw University Tigers’ defense Saturday. The Yeowomen fell to the Tigers 2–1 in overtime.

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...

Junior midfielder player Meg Parker carries the ball past the opposing offense in last year’s Oct. 22 matchup against the Ohio Wesleyan University Big Red. The field hockey team has its first home game today at 5 p.m. on Bailey Field.

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...

The Yeowomen kneel during the national anthem before facing off against NCAC foe Denison University last Thursday.

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...

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