The hidden player: Mount Holyoke’s team manager

BY DEYSCHA SMITH ’19

Natalie Russianoff ’19 stands on the turf field at Mount Holyoke College, waiting attentively for her orders. She wears a purple jacket and fur hood like it’s her own practice gear, and cheers on the team with each goal, groundball and goalie save.

LLC for student athletes introduced

LLC for student athletes introduced

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

Student athletes and sports enthusiasts can opt to join the recently introduced Lyons’ Nation Living Learning Community in Torrey Hall starting next semester, when ResLife will introduce three new Living Learning Communities on campus.

Riding team’s first show of the season a success

Riding team’s first show of the season a success

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

At the Smith College Show on Saturday, Sept. 29, the Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team placed first with 38 points in a field of eight colleges. Trailing the Lyons by one point was the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed by Worcester State University in third place. Amherst College finished next in fourth, followed by Hampshire, Smith and Williams Colleges tied for fifth and Bennington College in sixth. The athletes had a successful show all around, and riders Tess Ahlers ’19, Lily DeBenedictis ’19 and Daisy Sears ’19 clutched regional qualifications early.

Sasha Simine ’20 awarded Lyon of the Week

Sasha Simine ’20 awarded Lyon of the Week

BY MORGAN TURNER ’20

After leading Lyons volleyball to 3 consecutive wins, middle-hitter Sasha Simine ’20 earned Lyon of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 10th. Simine is the first volleyball student-athlete to earn the title since the fall season began.

Field hockey goes down under

Field hockey goes down under

BY KARI FOSSUM ’21

This August, the Mount Holyoke field hockey team departed from tradition (and South Hadley) for their 2018 preseason. The Lyons ventured to the Australian cities of Sydney and Canberra to take in the sights and fit in some games against local teams. 

Lyons Recap: Competitive play on Saturday, April 21

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Lacrosse: The Lyons shouldered a 14-5 loss to Springfield College. The team played strongly despite facing a tough opponent; the Springfield College Pride currently hold a 5-1 mark in conference play. Mount Holyoke seniors dominated the field, with Leila Kouakou ’18 and Kaitlin Braz ’18 each posting two goals apiece. Deyscha Smith ’19 also contributed with a goal. Goalkeeper Mia Wysocki ’20 kept Springfield at bay, making nine stops throughout the game. 

Lacrosse reflects on seniors during final home game of season

BY LEXI LOBDELL ’20

Mount Holyoke Lacrosse celebrated their Senior Day by hosting Coast Guard Academy at their last home game of the year on Saturday, April 21. Though the Lyons suffered a 13-5 loss, the four seniors on the team, Leila Kouakou ’18, Kaitlin Braz ’18, Clarissa Leight ’18 and Julia Lankin ’18, were honored for their achievements. Kouakou reached 100 career points last week, only the 15th player in school history to do so, and Braz is currently ranked third in the conference for caused turnovers (35).

Track and field hosts Spring Fling Invitational at home

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Mount Holyoke track and field hosted the Spring Fling Invitational on Saturday, posting impressive results across the board. The atmosphere leading up to the event, this week’s Game of the Week, was very festive; several other Mount Holyoke athletic teams stood on the sidewalk leading to Kendall to cheer their fellow Lyons on. The team powered to a fifth-place team finish out of 12 schools, with Eastern Connecticut State taking the win.

Decorated rider Juliana Ronn ’18 will join team at nationals

Decorated rider Juliana Ronn ’18 will join team at nationals

BY LEXI LOBDELL ’20

Western riding team captain Juliana Ronn ’18 is headed to nationals in Harrisburg, PA on May 3 to compete individually in Open Horsemanship and Reining, the highest level of the Western Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Ronn has been a member of the western team for three years and its captain for two.