10 September 2023; Kenyon College plays Ferrum College in a non-conference field hockey match at Benson Bowl in Gambier, OH

Owls start strong, dominate Panthers 8-1

GAMBIER, Ohio — The Kenyon Owls field hockey team entered its second home game of the year looking to even up its record Sunday against the Ferrum College Panthers. The Panthers were no match for the Owls, who started off hot en route to an 8-1 victory. 

Following two very early shots from Kenyon junior Grace Lane, classmate Ella Haskins opened up the scoring for the Owls as she drove a goal into the back of the cage a little more than three minutes into the game. 

About three minutes later, Bryn Probert, a substitute for the Panthers, connected on her only shot of the day to tie up the score in the first quarter. Lane, though, answered right back and gave Kenyon a 2-1 by scoring right around the 11-minute mark of the quarter.

The Owls began to run away with the game beginning in the second quarter, as Ella Adamec and Maren Lawrence both scored, extending their lead to 4-1. It was a great day for both those Kenyon first-years, as they both added another goal later in the game.

The second half was a repeat of the first, as Kenyon had control for its duration. Four more goals were scored by the Owls offense, while the team defense kept the Panthers (1-3) off the board for the rest of the way. In addition to those goals scored by the two first-years, Kenyon got a third-quarter score from Hannah Popranta and a fourth-quarter goal from sophomore Molly Laurent. 

Overall, Kenyon took a whopping 51 shots, 29 of which were shots on goals, and it drew 16 corners. By comparison, Ferrum managed only five shots, three of which were shots on goal, and drew just three corners. Owls goalie, junior Megan Lydon, made two saves and allowed one goal, while Panthers goalie, Maggie Class, made 21 saves and yielded eight goals.

Overall, it was a great rebound win for the Owls, who improved to 2-2 and will be back in action Wednesday at Oberlin College. 

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