Lyons Recap: Lacrosse, riding and swimming & diving

Photo courtesy of RJB Sports Photography Julianna Rankin ’20 scored the first goal of lacrosse’s season-opener against Gordon College.

Photo courtesy of RJB Sports Photography
Julianna Rankin ’20 scored the first goal of lacrosse’s season-opener against Gordon College.

LACROSSE STARTS OFF WITH A WIN AGAINST GORDON COLLEGE

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

Mount Holyoke Lacrosse competed at Gordon College in their first game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Lyons went home with an 18-3 game-winning lead. Nine of the points scored were credited to first- years on the team.

Mount Holyoke started off strong, scoring four of their 18 total points in the first five minutes of the game. Julianna Rankin ’20 scored the first goal at 28:44, assisted by Abby Baldwin ’22. The first half ended with the Lyons leading with a score of 8-1.

The second half of the game saw more goals from Rankin, Reina Torrez-Miner ’20, Meryl Phair ’21 and Allie Brown ’22. Gordon College scored their third goal in the second half at the 14:58 time mark. Goalie Mia Wysocki ’21 recorded seven total saves to keep the Lyons in a steep lead. The Lyons then scored five goals in a row to end the game.

Lacrosse will compete next against Bridgewater State for their first home game of the season on March 2.

EQUESTRIAN EARNS RESERVE CHAMPION HONORS AT SMITH SHOW

BY KASS LAWRENCE ’22

The Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team competed at the Smith College Show on Saturday, Feb. 23, earning Reserve Champion Honors. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst won first place with 42 points, followed by Mount Holyoke in second with 41.

Francesca Eremeeva ’20 started off the competition for the Lyons in Open Fences, finishing in second place. Rachael Fulop ’19 finished fifth in Open Fences. Emma Recchi ’19 had a strong ride in Open Fences and won a blue ribbon for the Lyons. Lexi Lobdell ’20 also won first place in her section of Novice Fences.

Lobdell and Sara Hearn ’21 were called back to compete for the Overall High Point Rider. Hearn took the overall high point and Lobdell took reserve.

On Saturday, March 2, the riding team will host their first home show of the spring semester at the Mount Holyoke Equestrian Center.

SWIMMING & DIVING AT FOUR-DAY NEWMAC CHAMPIONSHIP

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Mount Holyoke Swimming & Diving competed in the four-day 2019 NEWMAC Championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this past weekend.

With strong finishes in the pool, the Lyons powered their way to an eighth place overall finish, compiling 253 points. MIT won this year’s championship with 1,281 points, followed by Wheaton with 908 points. Coast Guard came in third with 724 points, while Springfield (651) and Wellesley (608) rounded out the top five.

The Lyons’ regular season ended on Sunday, Feb. 24, but Samantha Nemivant ’20 and Katie Kolozsvari ’21 will both be competing at MIT for the 2019 NCAA Northeast Diving Regionals on Friday, March 1.

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