Kari Fossum

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. 

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.

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. 

SuperBlanch creates big change for athletes

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Students returning to the Mount Holyoke campus for the spring semester were welcomed with the opening of the long-awaited centralized Dining Commons. The comfort and cuisine of the previously scattered dining halls into SuperBlanch streamlines the day-to-day hustle of many Mount Holyoke students. 

Students debate PE credits for club and varsity sports

Students debate PE credits for club and varsity sports

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Spanning six sports, Mount Holyoke’s club athletics have a definite presence on campus. Club-level teams include the dressage and western riding teams, ice hockey, fencing, rugby and ultimate frisbee. Each team competes regionally, often against the same schools that Mount Holyoke varsity athletics competes against, but club sports differ from varsity and NCAA athletics in several ways. 

Dining Services to plan meal options for athletes

Dining Services to plan meal options for athletes

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

Both students and athletes have been curious about the foods that will be offered at the Blanchard Community Center following the completion of its construction. Richard Perna, director of Dining Services at Mount Holyoke, currently oversees the day-to-day operations of every dining hall on campus. Less visible is the task that is extremely important to Perna: feeding the athletes on Mount Holyoke’s 13 varsity sports teams. As he oversees the dining experience, Perna is looking to expand and improve the ways that Dining Services feeds the athletic department.

Athletics opens online store for the holidays

Athletics opens online  store for the holidays

BY KARI FOSSUM ’20

The holiday season is fast approaching, and for the first time, the athletic department has put together a holiday store stocked with items from Mount Holyoke sponsor Adidas. The store includes cold weather options such as sweatshirts, hats and blankets, as well as polos and T-shirts for the warmer months. While the apparel options do seem small, Athletics is attempting to offer the community exclusive apparel typically only available to athletes. Jamesa Allen ’19, who plays for the Volleyball team, said that while the selection seems, “limited...it is all very cute!”

MHC Field Hockey takes on Babson, loses 3-1

MHC Field Hockey takes on Babson, loses 3-1

BY KARI FOSSUM '21

The Mount Holyoke field hockey team competed against their latest — and perhaps greatest — rival of the 2017 season: Babson College Beavers, currently ranked second in the nation on Saturday, Sept. 30. Despite an overcast sky and temperatures dipping into the 40s, Mount Holyoke fans, from parents and four-legged family members to the entire Mount Holyoke lacrosse team, came out to support MHC field hockey.