Sports Round-Up

Men's Cross-Country

Record: Fourth at NCAC Championship
Recap: Seniors Jim Boston and Kaleb Keyserling turned in top-ten individual placements and set the tone for the Lords' fourth-place finish at the North Coast Athletic Conference championship. Two weeks later, the Lords wrapped up their season with a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional championship. Boston and junior Matt Riley both placed among the top thirty-five finishers and earned spots on the All-Great Lakes Region team.

Women's Cross-Country

Record: First at NCAC Championship
Recap: With four top-twenty individual finishes at the NCAC championship, the Ladies claimed their third conference title and first since 2001. The team continued to impress at the Great Lakes Regional race, where it placed fourth. Morgan O'Connor, Lauren Brady, and Chrissy Ostrowski claimed top thirty-five finishes and earned All-Region honors. Those results eventually led to the Ladies' second-straight appearance in the NCAA championship meet, where they finished tied for thirty-first. Head coach Duane Gomez was named the NCAC's Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

Field Hockey

Record: 10-12, 8-4 NCAC
Recap: Under first-year head coach Jen Johnstone, Kenyon advanced to its third consecutive NCAC tournament championship game, where the College of Wooster ended its postseason run with a 3-0 loss. Senior goalkeeper Karen Thompson blanked six opponents to establish a new career record for shutouts (25). Thompson and classmate Perrin Legg were lauded for their performances with selections to the All-NCAC first team, the All-Great Lakes Region first team, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Star game. Thompson was also tabbed the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.


Record: 1-9, 0-7 NCAC
Recap: A pair of Kenyon juniors, running back Kyle Toot and wide receiver Harry von Kann, were the Lords' most explosive offensive threats during the 2008 season. Toot's 1,280 rushing yards led the conference and marked the third-highest single-season output ever recorded at Kenyon. Von Kann topped the conference with an average of 160.1 all-purpose yards per game. He also ranked second in receptions (64), receiving yards (847), receiving touchdowns (10), and kick return average (23.4 ypr). When All-NCAC accolades were announced, Toot, von Kann, and senior offensive lineman Yancy Edwards were awarded spots on the first team.

Men's Soccer

Record: 11-7-2, 5-3-1 NCAC
Recap: The Lords' season highlights included a No. 12 national ranking, the highest for the program since the end of the 1997 season, a home victory over previously unbeaten and No. 7-ranked Wittenberg University, and junior Jeremy Fischer's selection as NCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Kenyon also earned its second-straight berth to the NCAC tournament, but fell in the first round to nationally ranked Ohio Wesleyan University. Sophomore Felix Hoffmann continued his offensive rampage by leading the Lords in goals (9) and points (20) for the second straight season.

Women's Soccer

Record: 5-11-1, 2-5-1 NCAC
Recap: The Ladies toiled through a season of narrow defeats, losing six games by a one-goal margin. Throughout the season, they held their own against nationally ranked teams, dropping 1-0 decisions to No. 4 Calvin and No. 16 Otterbein, and playing No. 19 Denison tight before falling,
3-1. Sophomore Lisa Vaughan emerged as one of the team's best scoring threats, leading the offense with four goals and 10 points. On the other side of the pitch, senior Sam Schoeny was selected by conference coaches as the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year.


Record: 0-28, 0-16 NCAC
Recap: Under first-year head coach Katie Charles, the upstart Ladies showed improvement throughout the season, but couldn't translate the progress into a win. However, the Ladies received promising performances from a number of freshmen, which bodes well for the future. Mary Myers recorded a team-high 211 kills and was rewarded with an All-NCAC honorable mention. After a mid-season switch to setter, Kelly Heilman responded by leading the team with 305 assists.

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