The Oberlin Review

College second-year Bette Imhoff.

Women’s Lacrosse Opening Nailbiter Sets High Bar for Upcoming Season

February 28, 2020

Third-year varsity women’s lacrosse player Ali Wessel looked forward to returning to the field this spring after being sidelined the previous season due to an ACL tear. She did not expect, however, to return and play in some of the most memorable games of her lacrosse career. “I think it was the most exciting game I’ve ever played in — ever,” she said of the Yeowomen’s season opener last Saturday. The Yeowomen trailed behind their opponents for the majority of the game. Wessel sparked the ...

College third-year Rania Ziar.

In The Locker Room With Rania Ziar, Third-Year Varsity Lacrosse Player

November 15, 2019

College third-year Rania Ziar is excited to start her third season on the varsity women’s lacrosse team after dealing with various injuries that have kept her sidelined for multiple seasons. Despite her setbacks, she has remained spirited and determined both on and off the field. She is a Neuroscience major on the pre-med track with a minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies. In her free time, she works with Professor Gunnar Kwakye in a neurotoxicology lab and as a Peer Advising Lea...

OC Athletics Senior Day Photo Series

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

April 26, 2019

Balancing academics, athletics, and other extracurriculars at an elite institution like Oberlin is a challenge that very few student-athletes manage to tackle for all four years. Last weekend, four different varsity teams at Oberlin honored their seniors and celebrated the contributions they have made in the classroom, in the community, and on their respective field or court over the past four years. Softball The softball team honored its trio of seniors — Kat Ladouceur, Hannah Rasmussen, and Emma Downing — on Saturday with a celebratory lunch in the Knowlton Athletics Complex and at Culhane Field before their doubleheader with the Kenyon College Ladies Wednesday. The Yeowomen earned a split, ru...

Under the leadership of new Head Coach Kim Russell, the women's lacrosse team has focused on holistic wellness this season.

Women’s Lacrosse Relies on Wellness to Win

March 1, 2019

Head women’s lacrosse coach Kim Russell has a unique motto for her players whenever they’re feeling stressed, scattered, or overwhelmed: Eat a Cheeto. “As a coach, I really prioritize wellness,” said Russell, who just kicked off her first official season in Oberlin after serving as the first women’s lacrosse coach at Baldwin Wallace University and subsequently holding a brief tenure as director of girl’s lacrosse at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. “Now, Cheetos might not make y...

Izzy and Emily Berner

In The Locker Room with Emily and Izzy Berner, Student-Athletes and Sisters

March 1, 2019

Sisters Emily Berner, College junior, and Izzy Berner, College first-year, grew up in an athletic family of seven in Reisterstown, MD. Although a majority of the Berner siblings played baseball and softball, Emily picked up lacrosse in fourth grade and has flourished in the sport ever since. She was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference Second Team selection for the Yeowomen in 2017 and a First Team selection in 2018. Izzy chose Oberlin for its reputation in academics, but was encouraged ...

Senior midfielder Sydney Garvis attempts to rifle the ball past a Kenyon College Ladies defender on senior day. The Yeowomen ended their season last Wednesday against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in the NCAC semifinals.

Historic Season from Rauchle Not Enough for Yeowomen

May 11, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team’s season came to a close in their matchup against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in the North Coast Athletic Conference Semi-Finals last Wednesday. While the Yeowomen had hoped to return to the NCAC Championships after playing one of the best seasons in program history last year, they had no answer for the Fighting Scots’ relentless attack, losing 14–11. While senior midfielder and NCAC Offensive Player of the Year Natalie Rauchle — who will surely go dow...

Senior Sydney Garvis was named North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week after scoring nine goals and collecting a team-high 17 draw controls in the team’s two wins against conference foes Allegheny College and DePauw University.

Yeowomen Remain Perfect in NCAC After Beating Bishops

April 20, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team defeated the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops 16–4 Tuesday, bringing them to 9–3 for the season and a perfect 5–0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The win followed a 20–3 victory against the DePauw University Tigers last Saturday, as the Yeowomen currently sit at number two in the conference. Head Coach Lynda McCandlish affirmed that the Yeowomen have taken this season game-by-game in their pursuit of a conference championship. “I think the g...

Senior Natalie Rauchle readies herself in the Yeowomen’s 16–5 loss to the John Carroll University Lobos on March 24. She earned NCAC Player of the Week this week, in part because of her eight-goal performance against the Wittenberg University Tigers.

Scoring Uptick Highlights Season Goals for Yeowomen

March 30, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team fell to the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders 13–7 Wednesday evening. After losing in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship game last year, the Yeowomen have lofty expectations this season. Despite Wednesday’s loss, they’ve also largely delivered thus far, winning their first conference game against the Wittenberg University Tigers 18–15 Saturday following a two-game road trip to Colorado College. “We have big goals [for this season],” Hea...

Yeowomen Seek Redemption After 2017 NCAC Championship Loss

Alex McNicoll and Alexis Dill, Sports Editors

February 23, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team had one of their most successful seasons in school history last spring. After starting off strong with an eight-game winning streak, the Yeowomen earned a 14–2 record and made it to the North Coast Athletic Conference championship, in which they lost to Denison University 10–15. Under the leadership of senior captains and midfielders Natalie Rauchle and Sydney Garvis, the 2018 squad — which added on six first-years and two walk-on sophomores — are gearing up to take on the challenge of not just matching, but exceeding last year’s success. In 2017, three All-Great Lakes Region honorees — goalie Alexa L’Insalata, midfielder Sloane Garelick, and attack Sara Phister — graduated. ...

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Butler races past an Allegheny College defender in the NCAC Semifinals last Wednesday. The Yeowomen defeated the Gators 13–8 to secure a spot in the NCAC Championship for the second time in the past three years.

Yeowomen Battle Past Gators in Conference Semis

May 5, 2017

Hosting their first playoff game since a playoff reformatting in 2003, the Yewomen defeated the Allegheny College Gators 13–8 in the NCAC semifinals Wednesday. With the win, Oberlin punched a ticket to its second conference championship in three years, where they will face the No. 1 seeded Denison University Big Red. The Big Red are responsible for the Yeowomen’s only loss this season. “Our coach has this favorite saying, which is ‘any given day,’” said first-year Eliza Amber, who...

Sophomore Hayley Drapkin looks to make a pass in Oberlin’s 14–3 win against Allegheny College Tuesday. The Yeowomen are currently 9–1 overall and 3–1 in conference play.

See You Later, Gators: Lax Wins 14–3

April 14, 2017

Despite a hot start bolstered by a crowd of boisterous fans, the women’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season 15–12 against the Denison University Big Red in a tense back-and-forth contest last Saturday. Oberlin quickly bounced back though, securing a 14–3 win against the Allegheny College Gators Tuesday night. Now 9–1 overall and 3–1 in conference play, Oberlin sits comfortably in second in the North Coast Athletic Conference. “The first real competition we saw was Den...

Sophomore goalie Siena Marcelle runs through a tunnel of teammates onto the field in Oberlin’s home opener against Kalamazoo College March 4. The Yeowomen will continue conference play when they travel to take on Ohio Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Women’s Lacrosse Remains Undefeated

March 31, 2017

After a month of competition, women’s lacrosse stands alone as the only undefeated team in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The squad is ranked first in conference standings, and its 7–0 record includes a resounding 16–5 win over The College of Wooster, Oberlin’s first win over the Fighting Scots since since 2000. “I’d attribute our strong start to our drive to win and our well-rounded team,” sophomore midfielder Hayley Drapkin said. “On this team, this year, every player can...

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