Sports Round-Up

Men's Cross Country
Record: Placed fifth at NCAC championship
Recap: Junior Jim Boston had a career year and was one of several Lord runners who showed marked improvement from the previous season. The Kenyon men climbed a rung in the conference standings, from sixth to fifth, and made a bigger leap at the regional meet, surging from eighteenth to tenth place. On an individual basis, Boston placed sixth at the conference meet, eleventh at the regional, and qualified for the NCAA championship meet, where he finished forty-first out of 280 participants.

Women's Cross Country
Record: Tied for third at NCAC championship
Recap: A budding squad displayed amazing maturity by the end of the season and became the first Kenyon team to qualify for nationals since 1995. The Ladies earned entry into the NCAA championship with a fourth-place finish in the regional meet. At nationals, the Ladies placed twenty-eighth. First-year student Lauren Brady emerged as the team's top runner. She placed second in the conference championship, placed sixth with a new Kenyon record time (22:01.50) at the regional race, and then finished forty-eighth at the national meet.

Field Hockey
Record: 11-12 overall, 8-4 NCAC
Recap: For the second straight season, the Ladies played spoiler, with two upset victories in the conference tournament, including a 2-1 finals triumph over Wittenberg University, a team that had bested them twice during the regular season. The feisty Ladies earned a position in the NCAA championship bracket, but their stay was short-lived as they dropped a 2-0 decision to SUNY Cortland in the first round. Senior Lauren Keiling, one of four Ladies to earn all-region honors, finished second on Kenyon's scoring chart with thirty-seven career goals.

Record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 NCAC
Recap: While the Lords' offense racked up a single-season College record 4,602 yards, the defensive unit struggled, allowing opponents to outscore Kenyon by an average of eight points per game. Senior quarterback Rafael Sanchez finished his career ranked among Kenyon's top five in several statistical categories, including rushing yards (2,828) and passing yards (5,636). Senior Carlin Shoemaker wound up with 3,000 career receiving yards, and senior defensive back Josh Cowgill, who had five career interceptions, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team for the second straight season.

Men's Soccer
Record: 14-2-2 overall, 7-1-1 NCAC
Recap: An infusion of youth propelled the Lords to their best season in a decade and their first conference title since the 1997 season. Freshman forward Felix Hoffmann netted sixteen goals and four assists while shattering the program's scoring record for a first-year player. He earned the conference's Newcomer of the Year award and helped push the Lords to a national ranking as high as number 23. Unfortunately, the brilliant season came to a close with a penalty shoot-out loss in the first round of the conference postseason tournament.

Women's Soccer
Record: 9-7-2 overall, 4-3-1 NCAC
Recap: Based on staunch defensive play, the Ladies battled through a difficult schedule--one that included five nationally ranked teams--and wound up tied for fourth place in the conference standings. Head coach Kelly Bryan earned her hundredth win with the program and the Ladies made their first-ever appearance in a national poll, debuting at number 23. The team also earned a spot in the conference postseason tournament for the third consecutive year, and senior Jean Arnold was selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

Correction: The Fall 2007 Bulletin reported that lacrosse players Luke Larson '07 and Sean Wheeler '07 participated in the USILA North/South All-State Game. The students actually participated in the USILA's all-star game, which showcased the nation's, as opposed to the state's, top collegiate lacrosse players.

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