Mount Holyoke Lyons recap: Soccer, cross country, volleyball, field hockey

FIELD HOCKEY

BY KARI FOSSUM ’21

The Lyons shouldered two tough losses this past weekend, the first against Amherst College, then against Stevens Institute of Technology. They fell to their Five College opponents on Thursday night 4-1. Kristina Ramsden ’19 scored for the Lyons, her third goal of the season, with the help of a pass from Lia Messersmith ’20. Morgan Turner ’20 tallied 20 saves, a career high, over nearly 63 minutes of play. Emilie Warren ’22 recorded one save. 

The Lyons lost in overtime 1-0 to Stevens on Saturday. Their home-opener hosted a Mount Holyoke alumna, Meredith Spencer-Blaetz ’11, and her out-of-conference team. Despite being awarded two penalty strokes, the Lyons were unable to convert. The Lyons outshot the visiting Ducks 15-9, and 9-8 in corners. The Ducks got on the board after time had expired in the second overtime through a penalty corner, successfully securing the victory. 

VOLLEYBALL

BY MORGAN TURNER ’20

The Lyons extended their winning streak with a tri-tournament sweep this past weekend at home. Besting both Newbury College and Pratt, the Lyons now move to 4-1 on the season. Led by captain Jamesa Allen ’19, who recorded 10 kills, the Lyons paced the opening match against Newbury, recording a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 win. Brayden Walden ’21 recorded four service aces in the victory. In addition, Sasha Simine ’20 provided nine kills, a block assist, and a service ace. Captain Sarah Caggiano ’19 recorded seven kills in addition to five aces and ten digs. The day’s second match was captured with margins of 25-20, 26-24, and 25-12. Simine took control of the competition with 14 kills, a block solo, and a block assist.

SOCCER

BY MORGAN TURNER ’20

The Mount Holyoke soccer team went 1-1 this past week with a loss at Amherst and a win at Southern Vermont. The Lyons fell in an 8-0 loss to Five College rival Amherst College. Amanda Manaster ’19 shouldered the loss with 14 saves. Maria-Lucia Delgado ’21 made one save in relief. With a 1-0 victory over Southern Vermont Saturday night, the Lyons moved to 2-1-0 on the season. Hannah Finn-Erb ’20 scored the lone goal off a pass from teammate Minerva Veeser-Bobea ’20 exactly 15 minutes into the first half. Overall, the Lyons edged Southern Vermont in shots on goal 9-5. Manaster made five saves to secure the win.

CROSS COUNTRY

BY MORGAN TURNER ’20

The Lyons took second out of six teams this past weekend at the Smith Invitational. Six season-best efforts contributed to the team’s overall success as the Lyons came in just five points behind Smith’s Pioneers. Sydney Nash ’22 came in first for the Lyons with a time of 21:04.3; she was seventh overall as well as the top rookie finisher. Nash was followed by Simone Jacob ’21 with a time of 21:10.4 and captain Corrin Moss ’19, who came in at 21:29.3 In addition to the six season-best efforts, six Lyons recorded course bests while two runners ran personal bests.

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