Daily Archives: October 21, 2013
The women’s golf team lost by 21 points with a score of 358 against Lewis & Clark College’s 337 on Oct. 20 at the Michelbook Country Club.
“We think we can get some really low scores,” freshman Abigail Heringer said. “We have been working really hard. We really think that we can do well.”
Leading the team was Heringer who got first out of 12 players with a score of 79. Heringer finished the tournament with 10 pars and one birdie. Other players to recognize are senior Alexandria Smith who finished fourth with a score of 84 and sophomore Maggie Harlow who finished sixth with a score of 86. The other players were junior Erin Crofcheck got a 109, freshman Laura Waller got a 110 and junior Malika Reynolds got a 120. Overall the team scored a total of 28 pars and 1 birdie during the entire tournament.
“I think we did really well,” Heringer said. “We were all happy with are scores. It was a hard course but we all liked where we were at.”
The team is playing next at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Oct. 26-27 at Stone Creek to determine if the team continues on in the season.
“We could shot really low,” head coach Brynn Hurdus said. “We have been doing well at practice and playing well. We have to potential to do it, but we just have to pull through we it matters most.”
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The Wildcats face another crushing blow against Pacific Lutheran University and Puget Sound University on Oct. 18 and 19.
The volleyball team finished the weekend earning their ninth conference loss, 3-0, against Pacific Lutheran.
“Some challenges the team faced this weekend was beating ourselves,” Junior Kailana Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We just have to minimize our unforced errors on our side of the court, and to capitalize on free balls.”
The first set started in favor of the Lutes, but was followed by the first Linfield kill by junior Victoria Thompson.
Ritte-Camara earned the second kill of the set. However after a short lead, Pacific Lutheran regained the lead. The set ended, 25-14 for the Lutes.
The Lutes quickly took control of the second set, except briefly when the ’Cats were tied at the ninth point due to a service error on Pacific Lutheran. Pacific Lutheran took the set, 25-20.
The third set also went to Pacific Lutheran with a momentary lead by the Wildcats thanks to kills by Thompson and freshman Molly McTaggart. However, the Lutes won the final set, 25-20.
“I think we played really hard this past weekend, and we had moments of great volleyball,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “So if we just clean it up a little but, we will be a great team. We have so much talent, we just have to be consistent enough to show our potential.”
The Friday match against Logger ended with a loss for the Wildcats. Puget Sound has been slotted to win the conference title once again with a NWC record of 9-1. The Loggers won Friday’s match 3-0.
Oct. 18’s match was also featured as a “Pinkout” event through the combined effort of the Linfield Athletic department and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. The Wildcats wore pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, while members of the ZTA sorority handed out pink ribbons to spectators.
“We had an awesome time for the pinkout game because we know how important it is,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We supported it by wearing pink jerseys, which we loved. Some girls also used pink tape to honor the pinkout.”
The team will next compete against Willamette at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Salem, Ore. On the following day, the Wildcats will face off with the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at 7 p.m. in Portland, Ore.
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As I was watching the men’s soccer game on Oct. 19, not only did I see our Wildcats crush Pacific University 4-2, but I also noticed how physical soccer was as a sport. The players never seemed to stop moving.
They were always chasing after the ball, dribbling the ball past the opposing players and even sliding aggressively in attempt to switch team possession.
If you haven’t caught on yet, soccer was not a significant part of my life. It wasn’t popular where I was growing up. And I admit that last Saturday was my first time watching a soccer game. Despite what others have told me about the pace of the game, I actually enjoyed the slower pace. Even though the game wasn’t as fast-paced as football or basketball, I felt like the excitement never really stopped. It looked like all the players where consistently being competitive and never stopped moving.
I would like to emphasize this point because it pretty much blows me away. Pretty much every player, excluding the goalie, had to go from running with stamina to short spurts of sprints and heavy footwork. Not only did they have to make that transition, but the players had to do so quickly to maintain possession of the ball.
Even though I am fairly uneducated when it comes to soccer, I do know as a runner of that particular variety of movements is very demanding on your lower bodies. I became curious of the types of injuries soccer players faced because of the nature of the sport and so I did a little research.
Some injuries are pretty predictable. The top four most common injuries include sprains, strains, fractures and knee injuries.
After ankle sprains, medial collateral ligament sprains of the knee are most common. Muscle strains are also a common injury soccer player’s face. Most strains occur most commonly with groin muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps. Although muscle strains are often over-looked as small and annoying pains, muscle strains do keep players off the field as it can lead to more serious injuries in the future.
The majority of soccer-related fractures happen in the lower extremities. Although fractures can be very serious, an easy way to protect a player from fractures is to ensure that proper protective gear, shin guards, are being utilized.
As knee injuries are dominant in runners, it makes sense that soccer players also have to deal with a substantial amount of knee injuries. In fact, knee injuries are the most common type of major injury in soccer. Many knee injuries, especially ACL ruptures, occur away from contact. They are often the result of putting too much of a load on the knee joint during the sudden stops and starts.
One of the most surprising injuries in my opinion are head injuries. I assumed that if soccer players knew how to head the ball properly, that they wouldn’t have to worry about head injuries. Well to my surprise, head injuries have become a cause of concern for some members of the soccer community. In an article found in Medical News Today entitled “Soccer Headers can lead to brain Injury,” advanced scans show that soccer players who head the ball frequently have changes in the white matter of their brain that mirror those seen in traumatic head injuries. This finding is causing a lot of concern for soccer fans, especially since according to U.S. Youth Soccer statistics estimated that about 3,020,633 youth are participating in soccer this year alone.
So knowing the top five injuries in soccer, what are the most dangerous positions? According to Ortho Northeast, a website that specializes in injury information and treatments, the most dangerous positions on the field were forward and goalkeeper. Forwards accounted for 28 percent of the injuries, as forwards are expected to have speed, good footwork, and a powerful shot. Goalkeepers on the other hand accounted for 18 percent of injuries as goalies have to have good positioning, fast reaction and good ball handling skills.
These are just a few interesting things I found in terms of injuries in soccer. I have new found respect for the game of soccer and regret not discovering the beauty of the sport earlier. However, for all of those looking to pick up the sport, remember to have fun and to keep these potential injuries in mind.
Camille Weber / Sports columnist
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With un-seasonally warm weather, the Linfield cross country team competed in their last conference meet at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Estacada, Ore. at McIver State Park.
The Linfield women took third while the Wildcat men finished fourth overall against among Oregon and Washington squads— including other Northwest Conference teams— such as Southern Oregon University, Pacific Lutheran University, Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, Whitworth University and Lewis & Clark College.
Whitworth, Lewis & Clark and Linfield each placed three runners in the top-15 to claim the top-three spots in the team standings.
Senior Sienna Noe set the pace with a top-10 with a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds as the fifth finisher from the Northwest Conference and tenth overall.
Places 19-21 went to senior Katie Skinner, junior Madison Trowbridge and senior Hannah Greider.
Skinner finished her race in 23 minutes and 12 seconds while Trowbridge and Greider crossed the finish line together with a time of 23 minutes and 15 seconds.
Junior Brooke Niemann, who battled back injuries for the majority of the season, scored for the Wildcats for the first time clocking in at 23 minutes and 50 seconds earning 42nd overall.
On the men’s side, freshman Michael O’Neil and sophomore Alex Mangan both finished in the top-35 times.
O’Neil finished his race with a time of 26 minutes and 19 seconds, earning 29th overall for his efforts.
Mangan was close behind with a time just three seconds behind O’Neil, earning 31st overall.
Junior Calvin Howell made the top-50 runners with a time of 26 minutes and 59 seconds with a 47th place finish.
Freshmen Adrian Clifford and Flint Martino wrapped up the men’s scores with Clifford finishing 69th with a time of 27 minutes and 42 seconds and Martino finishing 71st with a time of 27 minutes and 45 seconds.
Southern Oregon won the meet with 28 points placing all five scoring runners in the top-10.
Among the NWC teams, Linfield unfortunately had to settle with seventh place with an overall score of 189 points.
This was the last meet for the Wildcats before NWC Championships.
The meet will be hosted by Whitworth University on Nov. 2 at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Wash.
Camille Weber / Sports columnist
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The Linfield men’s soccer team increase its win streak to five after defeating Pacific University, 4-2, and George Fox University, 3-1.
With freshman keeper Jorge Rodriguez still out in Linfield’s game against Pacific, their offense came through and got the Wildcats the win.
Junior keeper Grant Loriaux saved four of Pacific’s six shots on goal and helped his team get downfield quickly with his powerful kicks from the goalie box.
It was freshman Brian Degrandmont who led the Cat’s to victory, scoring two on their goals. One of which came about two minutes into the game, and the other early in the second half, which was ultimately the game-winning score.
Nicholas Autencio also contributed to the win by scoring his fourth goal of the season. This goal came a few minutes after Degrandmont gave Linfield the lead and helped take a little pressure off of its defense and keeper.
Degrandmont was also the star of the game in Linfield defeat over George Fox on Oct. 20. He contributed another two goals, with another score within the first five minutes and one near the end of the first half.
The freshmen now has eight total goals on the season.
Autencio added another goal to his total as well, placing him second on the team list for goals this season.
The win against George Fox also marked Jorge Rodriguez’s return from the injury list.
A notable statistic in this game was the extremely high number of fouls called on both teams. Linfield and George Fox combined for 36 fouls during the course of the game, tallying seven a piece in the first half and eleven in the second. There were a few occasions where the referees were forced to step in to stop potential fights, and George Fox was issued a red card early in the second half.
Linfield plays University of Puget Sound at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at home, followed by a game at 2:30 on Oct. 27 against Pacific Lutheran University, also at home.
Drew Mahrt / Senior sports reporter
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Goalkeeper Jorge Rodriguez (1) saves a goal during the Oct. 20 game against George Fox University. Rodriguez saved three goals and gave up one during this game. Linfield’s next game is on Oct. 26 against the University of Puget Sound in McMinnville.
Helen Lee/Photo editor
Midfielder Brian DeGrandmont (5) attempts to drive the ball up the field against George Fox University midfielder Luke Dickens (7). DeGrandmont scored two goals during the Oct. 20 game. The first was assisted by forward Tyler Repic (10) and the second by midfielder Rhys Lendio (22).
Helen Lee/Photo Editor