(Ladies third in North Coast Athletic Conference [NCAC] championship meet; Lords second)
Seniors Ryan Snyder and Crosby Wood and sophomore Vince Evener guided the Lords to a runner-up finish, the best in College history. Snyder finished as the NCAC runner-up (26:26), while Wood placed fifth (26:51), and Evener sixth (26:57), marking the first time ever for three Lords to place among the top seven runners.
Overall, the Lords scored sixty-nine points, while the Ladies tallied ninety-nine points to finish third, marking the twelfth consecutive year that the women have placed among the top three teams in the NCAC championship race. Both teams qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Great Lakes Regional race.
Sophomore Molly Sharp led the Ladies' effort with a ninth-place finish (20:21), followed by sophomore Erica Neitz in twelfth place (20:30) and senior Christine Breiner in thirteenth place (20:33). The Kenyon team competed without top-seeded runner Gesley Lynn, who was sidelined nursing an injury.
In the regional competition, the Lords placed eleventh among twenty-eight teams, while the women placed eighteenth among twenty-nine teams. Evener turned in an impressive sixteenth-place finish (25:46) in a field of 200 runners. Snyder placed twenty-fifth (26:02), and Wood was thirty-second (26:14). Sharp once again emerged as the leader for the Ladies, placing fifty-sixth (19:49) in a field of 205 runners. Sophomore Melissa Hurley placed seventy-fifth (20:01).
All-NCAC honorees: First team, seniors Ryan Snyder and Crosby Wood; second team, senior Christine Breiner and sophomores Vince Evener, Erica Neitz, and Molly Sharp.
(7-13 overall, 4-8 NCAC, fifth place)
First-year head coach Kim Lockbaum saw the Ladies close the season impressively, recording four victories in their final six outings, including back-to-back wins in the Midwest Field Hockey Coaches Association Tournament.
Season highlights included a hard-fought 3-2 overtime loss to NCAC champion Wittenberg University on Waite Field. The Ladies' victories included a 4-2 decision over Ohio Wesleyan University, knocking the Lady Bishops from the ranks of the undefeated.
Senior standout Carrie Moore left her mark by setting new career records in goals scored and points scored. She finished her four-year career with forty-one goals, breaking the former record of thirty-two set by Lindsay Buchanan '97. Those goals helped Moore score 100 points, topping the former standard of seventy-three points set by Buchanan.
Moore was one of only three NCAC players invited to compete in the 1998 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III North/South Senior All-Star Game on November 21 at the University of Pennsylvania. It was a well-deserved honor for Moore, who was also named to the All-Great Lakes Region first team and the NFHCA Division III All-America second team. The All-America honor is the third consecutive for Kenyon's program, as Moore follows in the footsteps of Gretchen Muller '98 and Buchanan, named to the second team in 1997 and 1996, respectively.
Moore was the only Kenyon player named to the All-NCAC first team, an honor that gives the College a streak of five consecutive years with a player to receive top accolades. She was also named Offensive Player of the Year, the fifth Kenyon player to receive the honor.
All-NCAC honorees: First team, senior Carrie Moore; second team, sophomore Samara Estroff and first-year Lady Mary Hill.
NCAC Offensive Player of the Year: Moore.
NFHCA Great Lakes Regional All-America: First team, Moore.
NFHCA National All-America: Second team, Moore.
(4-6 overall, 2-5 NCAC, sixth place)
A few breaks here and there could have made the difference in the season record for the Lords, who once again played competitively from September through November.
Balance was a key to Kenyon's competitive efforts, as the Lords netted 871 yards on the ground and 1,472 through the air. Junior Will Winnicki emerged as the workhorse for the ground game, rambling for 841 yards, while senior Mat Glassman led a deep receiving corps by taking in thirty-three passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns.
Glassman also contributed to the Lords' cause with a record-setting punting effort. He punted fifty-two times in 1998 for 1,803 yards, highlighted by a career-long sixty-four yarder, the second longest punt in Kenyon history. He closed out his career as the Lords' all-time leading punter with 156 total kicks for 5,302 yards. Those numbers top the 146 punts recorded by Dave Gingery '81 and 5,247 yards accumulated by Jack Forgrave '78.
Sophomores Chris Moriarty and Justin Jones also punted for the Lords in 1998, helping Kenyon to tie the College record for most punts in one season (75) and to set the new record for most yardage in one season (2,467). That tops the previous mark of 2,377 yards, recorded in 1997.
All-NCAC honorees: Second team, senior Mat Glassman, junior James Kogut, sophomore Andrew Malone; honorable mention, seniors Brian McConnell and Tom Swain.
CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District: First team, senior Mat Glassman.
CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America: Second team, senior Mat Glassman.
Burger King National Scholar-Athlete of the Week: Senior Mat Glassman.
(8-9-1 overall, 2-6 NCAC, eighth place)
It started off as a 5-2-1 season for the Lords, who were derailed by a rare slump that included four losses by one goal. Despite the disappointing finish, the Lords pinned losses on strong teams from Malone (2-0) and Earlham (1-0) colleges in the closing weeks of the campaign.
Senior Kelsey Olds once again led Kenyon's offensive efforts, finishing the season with seven goals and four assists for eighteen points.
All-NCAC honorees: First team, junior Leon Blanche; second team, junior Greg Stephenson; honorable mention, first-year Lord John Chiavaroli.
(4-15-1 overall, 0-7-1 NCAC, ninth place)
The Ladies opened the season by scoring a College-record sixteen goals in a 16-0 victory over Defiance College. That effort smashed the former record of nine goals scored against Adrian College in 1988, Hiram College in 1992, and Hiram, Washington and Jefferson, and Otterbein colleges in 1994.
The Ladies also pinned 4-0 and 1-0 losses on Thomas More College and Otterbein to start the 1998 season at 3-1, but they hit a skid thereafter and didn't stop until they topped a talented Tiffin University team, 2-1, in late October. The Ladies followed that effort with a 1-1 tie against Wittenberg University.
All-NCAC honorees: Second team, sophomore Shannon Maroney; honorable mention, senior Becky Sanford and sophomore Louise Eddleston.
(12-19 overall, 2-6 NCAC, seventh place)
The Ladies fared well through a challenging schedule, which included competition in the Benedictine University Invitational. The Ladies finished 2-2 in that event, notching victories over William Penn and MacMurray colleges.
Senior Kristi Kose closed out her career as Kenyon's all-time leader in digs with 1,466. That mark breaks the former record of 1,292 set by All-American Holly Swank '89. Kose's efforts included a season-high thirty-one digs against Denison University. She also had a team-high twenty kills against Case Western Reserve University.
Sophomore standout Stephanie Goes finished the season with team-high efforts in assists (61) against Capital University and in aces (6) against Baldwin-Wallace College. Sophomore Lindsey Good recorded the team-high in block assists (6), against the College of Wooster and shared team-high honors in solo blocks with juniors Erin Wimmers and Michelle Salisbury, each with three. Good recorded her trio against Allegheny College, Wimmers against Defiance College, and Salisbury against Wooster.
All-NCAC honorees: Second team, sophomore Stephanie Goes; honorable mention, junior Michelle Salisbury.
GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District: First team, Erin Wimmers.
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