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While the Wildcats only finished in third as a team, junior Taylor Klopp had a magnificent individual performance, shooting two under par for the tournament.
Juniors Kevin Kowasaki and Logan Munson also placed in the top-15, with a still very impressive score of 155 for the two days, finishing 11 over par.
Linfield has been on a bit of a hot streak over the past few weeks compared to their usual play. They placed second twice and third this past weekend.
Klopp was the only person who managed to finish underpar, and that was all due to his second day preformance. He shot even on the first day with a 72, and two under his second round, shooting a 70.
Kawasaki and Munson both shot the same on both days, keeping their play very consistent. They both shot 77 the first day, five over par, and 78 the second.
The second place individual finisher came from Pacific Lutheran University. While he did not finish in the top five after the first day, he came back the second and shot one under par, boosting him over all but Klopp.
While Linfield’s hot streak has slightly stated to cool, they still hope to keep up this level of play for the rest of the season. Including their first semester play, they have placed in the top three in all but one of their matches.
On March 8 and 9, Linfield will head out to Fircrest next weekend to compete in the University of Puget Sound Invitational, where they will look to extend their top three preformance streak.
Drew Marht/For the Review
The women’s lacrosse team lost its weekend games against Alma University by 18-6 and Pomona-Pitzer College by 17-0.
The Wildcats were defeated by Alma University, 18-6 on Feb. 28. The ’Cats tried to kept up with their defense in the beginning of the game, but eventually the Wildcats opened up holes that Alma was able to get through. Sophomore Erika Phillipo made many great saves during the entire game.
The leading scorer for Linfield was junior Shelby Duarte who scored three goals and junior Halee Helgerson assisted many players while adding more goals of her own.
The team grew immensely in this game, growing closer together as a team and showing what the Wildcats could do.
“Friday’s game against Alma was our best game this season,” junior Rebecca Kropp said. “We improved leaps and bounds for last weekends game. We can compete with most of the teams we play, we just need to put all the little pieces together.”
The ’Cats played Pomona-Pitzer College on March 2 which they lost 17-0, but the Wildcats are looking ahead to the future games.
“We will work on situations that were difficult in games and figure out how to deal with those situations should they arise again,” freshman Madilyn Bechtel said. “We will continue to hone our skills to be better prepared for future curveballs. We will incorporate what we learned in this weeks games into our drills this week and bring what we learn to next weeks games.”
The women’s lacrosse team will be at home next weekend against George Fox University and Kenyon College.
Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor
The Women’s Lacrosse team goes for the goal at the game aganist Alma University. The team will next be playing on March 5 Fbuar George Fox Univeristy at home at 6 p.m.
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Sophomore Erika Phillipo defends the Linfield goal aganist Alma University during the Feb. 28 game.
Casie Gaza/For the Review
The Linfield’s No. 1 doubles team saw their first tandem win against University of Puget Sound on March 1, providing the Wildcat’s with their only win for the weekend. The men’s tennis team dropped the match 8-1 against the UPS Loggers.
Junior Lukas Kleinman and freshmen Kelsey Rosborough defeated the UPS duo 8-6. Kleinman hopes that their win this weekend will bring energy to help fuel the team next weekend.
In other doubles, Linfield’s No. 2 duo, junior Micah Roos and sophomore Tim Hawkins fell 8-4 to Puget Sound. Wildcat’s No. 3 doubles loss due to default.
“We’re at a huge disadvantage because of our injuries,” sophomore Nick Konen said. “We’ve had to go into every match down 2-0 because of our lack of players so we are forced to forfeit those two games.”
In singles, Rosoborough had a close match against the No. 2 player for UPS, with a 7-4, 6-4 loss.
“We didn’t play quiet as well as we wanted to in singles this week but I definitely saw improvement over last week,” Kleinman said.
Other singles were not as close. Roos at No. 1 loss 6-0, 6-0, Kleinman at No. 3 loss 6-4, 6-0, Hawkins at No. 4 loss 6-2, 6-2 and Konen at No. 5 loss 6-0, 6-0. Linfield also loss in No. 6 singles due to default.
“Although he [Rosoborough] didn’t win it was great to see him play with so much confidence and passion, especially as a freshman,” said Konen, “The final score of the match was 8-1, but that score doesn’t reflect how we played. We played well, kept it competitive and gained some confidence that we will carry to California next weekend where we will hopefully get our first win of the season.”
Next weekend the team heads to Indio, Calif. to play three matches in three days. The Wildcats first play California Institute of Technology on March 8, then Hardin-Simmons University March 9 and the team battles George Fox University on March 10.
Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writer
It was a historic day for the Wildcat Swim team as Sophomore Elizabeth Fry made her mark on the block Feb. 16 at the Northwest Conference Championships. Fry, a biology major from Bellevue, Idaho set the new Linfield Women’s 1650-yard freestyle record coming in at 18:08.91.
“When I swam the mile, I knew it was my last chance to take any time off. So I just wanted to take time off–even if it was just one second. And so, when I looked at the scoreboard…it was a nice feeling.”
After countless hours in the pool, and in the weight room, it was evident that hard work had paid off for Fry as she chopped off a near 12 seconds from her previous personal best of time of 18:20.
“On Monday’s and Wednesday’s I do double swim practices from 6:00-7:30 am and 3:30-5:30 p.m. On Tuesdays I lift from 5:30-6:30 in the morning and we swim in the evenings,” Fry said. “We also have Saturday practices for a total of 11 practices in a week. During practice, I train with the men to push myself and it has made me a faster swimmer.”
Fry’s diligence and commitment to excellence have helped her to excel both inside and outside of the pool– hence her preceding and well deserved “Most Improved Swimmer” and “Most Valuable Swimmer” awards.
“As a swimmer, I’m not afraid to work hard,” Fry said. “In practices, I look at the board and most people are like ‘Oh I don’t want to do that’ but I go in and I do it; I push myself.”
However, Fry notes that she has not done it alone. Her head coach Gary Gutierrez has contributed immensely to her successes as a Wildcat.
“Gary pushes us. He gives us the right sets (in practice). He understands me, and I work well with him.”
On the other hand, Fry’s teammate Sophomore Nikki Overton has also contributed to her achievements. Overton, a nursing major from Gresham, Ore., is Fry’s closest friend and competition as Overton previously held Linfield’s 1650-yard Freestyle race record with time 18:11.26.
“Nikki and I are training partners and best friends. We have similar personalities but we compliment each other,” Overton said. “We push each other and train with each other. I train more and harder because of Nikki.”
Therefore, Fry’s conditioning and dedication made it only appropriate to increase Fry’s responsibility on the team. In the Northwest Conference Championships, Fry swam the 400 Individual Medley, 500 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 free relay, 200 Individual Medley relay, 800 freestyle relay, and the 400 free relay races.
Although she claimed that she did not attain her personal best in any of these races, Fry has found satisfaction this 2013-2014 swimming season. With goals of making a national time and qualifying for the National Championships, there is no doubt that Linfield will be seeing more of Fry in the future.
Casie Gaza/For the Review
It was a wild weekend for the Wildcat baseball team as they defeated the University of the Pacific Boxers in a double-header on March 1 kick starting their conference season to 2-0. The Wildcats dominated the first game with a final score of 18-3.
In the top of the first inning, the Wildcats were up to bat with lead off hitter shortstop junior Corey VanDomelen.
Linfield gained an automatic on base from a walk by Boxers’ pitcher Jimmy Brakebush and shortly after senior Clayton Truex drove in an RBI after ripping a double to left center field.
Pacific responded with an RBI and the score was tied 1-1. Sophomore third baseman Eric Lawson drove a single down the left field line and was credited with two RBI’s.
However, the top of the fourth inning was a beauty for the ’Cats with eight runs scored. With two outs and a runner on third and first, senior Kramer Lindell stole second base and sophomore Eric Lawson sprinted in for a run. On the next at bat, senior Nate McClellan doubled to left center sending Lindell home and the ’Cats were up 2-0 in the top of the fourth. It was not over yet, as McClellan scored on a wild pitch, Carroll doubled to right center and the rest was history. Lawson singled to right field bringing in two runners and a double by right fielder senior Nick Fischer gave Linfield a generous twelve run lead and a 14-2 score.
The sixth inning was another exciting inning. To no avail, Fischer hit a home run driving in pinch hitter sophomore Kekoa Kaulukukui on second and VanDomelen on first, putting the score to 17-2.
The rest is history. The ’Cats scored once more in the ninth inning and the Boxers’ scored once more in the seventh, ending 18-2.
However, thanks to a double header, the Wildcats win was short focused in comparison to their game ahead. After coming off a victory to the Pacific Boxers, the remaining question was whether they could do it again.
The first inning went well for the Wildcats as Fischer tripled to right center field and Truex walked to first. After a single by Lindell, Linfield took the lead, 1-0.
The fifth inning became the turning point in the match with five runs scored on five hits. With a run scored by Lawson and an RBI credited to Fischer, Linfield took the lead 3-0. Shortly after, left fielder Carroll doubled to left center field and brought in another two runs. Then, a single by designated hitter Ben Andrews, and a wild pitch from the Boxers led Carroll in for yet, another, ’Cats score. With Andrews on third and Laboda on second, a Boxers error gave Linfield another run and the inning ended at a final score of 7-0.
The sixth and seventh innings were no run innings. In the top of the eighth inning, the Wildcats scored four more runs.
Linfield ended the game with a final score of 11-0. The double header proved to be no problem for the Wildcats and their conference record improved to 2-0 while their season record bettered to 9-2.
The Wildcats will make up the game on March 3 against Pacific University, that was originally scheduled for March 2.
Casie Gaza/For the Review