Three Kenyon Owls Fire hat Tricks to Conquer Warriors

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The Kenyon College women’s lacrosse team traveled South from its Virginia slate of games for the Spring Fling Tournament, taking place in Panama City Beach, Florida for three neutral site games. The Owls took on the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors in the first of those games on Monday evening. 

After two tough games in Virginia, the Owls got back on track and dominated both sides of the field to cruise to a 23-1 win, as Kate Lengel, Spencer Kirsch, and Mallory Brophy each turned in hat tricks. 

Kenyon (2-2) wasted no time in starting the scoring, as Lengel got her first of the day less than a minute into the game. Kirsch followed right behind her at 10:31 with an unassisted goal to make it 2-0, and Lengel added her second to put the Owls up three with 9:15 remaining in the Quarter. 

Eastern Connecticut (3-2) scored at 7:08 in the quarter, but it would be the Warriors’ only score of the afternoon, as Kenyon would fire off the next 20 goals, setting a season high for points (35) and assists (12) in the process. Lily Mason and Blythe Karras, who each had three assists and two goals each to lead the team in points, were involved in the next four goals for the Owls, as Karras assisted Mason and then Mallory Brophy for the next two scores, and then scored an unassisted goal of her own to make it 6-1. Brophy scored again to make it a 7-1 game with a Mason assist at 11:26 in the second.

Kirsch and Lengel reentered the stat sheet, as Kirsch scored the next two assisted by Ali Hatfield and Ashley Quinn. Quinn then dished to Lengel to make it 11-1, and Mason and Quinn tallied two more goals to end the first half up 13-1. 

In the second half, the Owls offensive success continued, as 12 different scorers contributed to the win. Just over 30 seconds into the half, Bridgette Cassidy netted her second goal of the season, followed by Karras and Brophy, with Mason picking up her third assist on the day to extend the lead to 16-1.

Ashleigh Dixon and Ella Rigoli each found twine to end the third quarter, while Maddie Garner scored early in the fourth, sandwiched in between Elena Zuvekas’ first two goals of the season to make it 21-1. Zoe Williams finished the day with two straight goals to cap off the 23-1 win. 

Nola Garand made four saves and Meagan Lacombe made three on the other end to keep the Owls ahead.

Kenyon’s record improves to 2-2 on the season. The Owls will take a day off and return to action on Wednesday, March 13 to battle with the SUNY Geneseo Knights at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm CDST) in game two of the Spring Fling Tournament. 

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