Lyons face competitive play during the month of April

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Lacrosse posts small victories: Lacrosse competed against Salve Regina on Thursday, April 5, and against Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, April 7. The team first travelled to Rhode Island, where they took home a 10-8 victory, led by captain Leila Kouakou ’18. Kouakou tallied a game-best five goals and six draw controls, including two successful shots towards the end of play to give the Lyons a two-point lead. 

In a quick turn around, the team travelled to Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday where, despite a hard-fought game, they took a 13-9 loss. On the defensive end, the Lyons found game-best marks, including five ground balls from Julianna Rankin ’20 and a huge defensive effort from senior captain Julia Lankin ’18, who tallied eight draw controls, two caused turnovers and three ground balls. The Lyons look to carry this momentum to conference play this week, as they host Emerson on April 9, and Wellesley on Saturday, April 14.

Track heads to Noho: Track and field travelled to the Smith College Outdoor Invitational on Saturday. The team had numerous individual place in the top 10 of their division, including outstanding results from Julia Hecking ’19, who placed first in the hammer throw. Emma Raney ’20 earned second in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:29.55, and the relay team consisting of Charleen Theroux ’20, Tamara Mukulu ’21, Isabelle Wohlin,’21 and Ireland Clare Kennedy ’21 claimed second in the 4x100, earning a time of 4:31.04. The team will host the Spring Fling Invitational at Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, April 14.

Tennis falls to the Beavers: Tennis traveled to Babson on Saturday, taking  a 9-0 loss to the home team. The Beavers came out incredibly strong, dominating doubles and singles despite efforts from the Lyons. Mount Holyoke’s Clare Wang ’19 fought hard against Emily Roeper, but fell short 6-1. The Lyons will take on Springfield College on Tuesday in conference play, and MIT on Sunday, April 15. 

Riding earns Championship Title  (again): The equestrian team hosted the IHSA Zone I Championships on Monday, laying down solid performances in every division to take home the overall title and send a team to nationals. Mollie Kowalchik ’18 captured the win in the cacchione division, while Emily Holowczak ’18,and Honami Tanaka ’20 won their flat classes. Sara Hearn ’21 also prevailed in the intermediate over fences. The equestrian team will be back in action at the IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in May.

Boat of the Week: Rowing made the short trip to Worcester on April 8 to compete against several other top Division III teams. The first Lyons boat took third in the varsity eight races, moving on to win in the petite final, beating Simmons and Clark with a time of 7:19.8. The second Mount Holyoke team in the varsity eight also competed, taking fourth place in the heat. They, too, advanced to the petite eight, earning third behind Simmons and Clark with a time of 8:07.0. With these results against top Division III teams, rowing earned NEWMAC Boat of the Week, as announced on Monday April 8. Mount Holyoke will travel to Lake Quinsigamond for a Clark University-hosted regatta on Sunday, April 15. 

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