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Lacrosse takes tough loss against Loggers

In an away game against the University of Puget Sound on April 7, lacrosse lost 21-6, making it 0-8 for the season.

The Loggers had a previous win against the Wildcats this season, winning 19-4. Sophomore captain Rebecca Kropp went into the game excited by the chance to play with the team.

“We definitely have the skill and determination to play with them,” Kropp said. “Our attack has been working on moving the ball quicker and being a bigger threat, making the other team play defense.”

While the Wildcats have had a tough season, a close bond has formed between the mostly new members of the team.

“I think we will only lose two seniors next year so we have practically the whole team coming back,” Kropp said. “During games and at practice we all treat each other as equals and everyone always has something to offer no matter how experienced they are.”

Two away games in Southern California marked two more losses for lacrosse during spring break, but as Kropp explains, the team was not disappointed with the games.

“We played really well,” Kropp said. “Our first game was rough because we had two subs and Chapman had a full bench… so it was like we were playing two different teams.”

The Wildcats lost 25-2 in the Panther’s home game, gaining one goal each half, scored by senior Brittani Drost in the first half and sophomore Shelby Duarte in the second.

Freshman and regular goalkeeper Erika Phillipo returned to the field after sitting the last four games out due to an injury. She saved 11 attempted goals, bringing the total attempted goals made by Chapman to 44.

Losing by a smaller margin on March 27, the Wildcats lost 17-4 to the Whittier Poets.

“During the first game, our communication broke down at one point, and they had a huge run,” Kropp said. “We focused on that in our second game and we played our best defense of the year.”

The Wildcats were excited to see how their play benefitted from the increase in defensive support.

“We had some really nice transition fast breaks that we scored off of,” Kropp said. “So we know we can be really good, we just need to keep our confidence and communication up. If we do that, I think our last two games can go much better and differently than the first times we played Pacific and Puget Sound.”

The final game of the lacrosse season will be an away game at 6 p.m. April 12 against Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Olivia Marovich / Staff writer

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Wildcats fall in tight match against Loggers

The women’s tennis team lost a tight match against the University of Puget Sound Loggers on March 15, losing 5-4.

The Wildcats got off to an early lead after doubles play taking two of the three matches. Sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt and senior Lexi Thomas took the number one doubles matchup, 8-5.

“In doubles, my partner Gretchen and I were able to come together and not give up,” Thomas said. “Some of our games took 10-15 minutes just to complete, but we knew that this was our match to win.”

Junior Caroline Brigham and freshman Kwynn Ecton lost a tightly contested number two doubles matchup, losing after a tiebreaker, 8-9 (1-7).

“For doubles, I wasn’t as aggressive as I have been in past matches,” Ecton said. “If I was more aggressive the outcome would have been different.”

Sophomores Katie Krieger and Kaila Nip took the final doubles match for the Wildcats, winning, 8-5.

The Loggers bounced back from their early deficit, taking four of the six singles matches, edging out the Wildcats in the final match up of the day.

The first three singles matches were all close, each match going to three sets.

Puget Sound’s Maddie Thiesse defeated Thomas in the number one singles match, 6-1, 2-6 and 6-4.

“Individually, I was able to place the ball more into the court, whereas the past few weeks I’ve been consistently hitting the ball three inches off the singles sideline,” Thomas said. “Also, I was able to control my anger more and not get frustrated after every shot I missed.”

Brigham won in the number one singles spot for the ’Cats. After dropping the first set 4-6, the junior bounced back taking the next two 6-1 and 7-5.

The Loggers took three of the other four singles matches, defeating Nip in the number three slot 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5, Ecton in the number four position 6-2, 6-3 and Krieger in the number six matchup 6-4, 6-3.  Jernstedt took the number five singles match with a win over the Logger’s Josephine Dow, 7-5, 4-6 and 7-5.

The loss drops the Wildcats’ record to 4-7, 4-3 in Northwest Conference play, while the Loggers improve to 5-3 overall and hold the same mark in conference.

The Wildcats’ next match is in Newberg, Ore., to play the George Fox Bruins at 3 p.m. March 19.

“We came back from behind in a lot of our singles matches, which was good, but it wasn’t enough to win the match as a whole,” Brigham said. “For our next match against George Fox, we just need to play confidently with a lot of energy to help us take control of the match.”

Chris Haddeland 

Senior reporter

Chris Haddeland can be reached at

linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

Wildcats bury winless Loggers

Last week the NCAA released its first set of regional rankings for Division III football, and Linfield checked in at first place in the West region. The Wildcats didn’t disappoint in their first week atop the regional ranking, sending the winless University of Puget Sound to a 0-8 ranking in a 47-7 victory.

The Linfield defense throttled the Loggers throughout, forcing five sacks and denying the opposition a touchdown until long after the starters had left the game.

Senior quarterback Mickey Inns had his most impressive game of the season, amassing 422 yards through the air to go with three touchdowns and a 69 percent completion rating.

Combined with a sharp game from junior backup quarterback Josh Yoder, Linfield quarterbacks set a single-game record with 541 total passing yards.

In the early going, it was senior kicker Josh Kay who got things going for the Wildcats, opening scoring with a 32-yard field goal to stake Linfield to a 3-0 lead.

Kay’s second attempt of the day was wide left from 32 yards, but freshman running back Jon Shaffer darted into the end zone from one yard shortly after to expand the lead to 10-0.

Kay got another opportunity late in the first half and capitalized, splitting the uprights from 27 yards to send the ’Cats into the locker room up 13-0.

The second half belonged to Inns, who tossed all three of his touchdown passes in the third quarter.

Inns found junior receiver Deidre Wiersma for a short nine-yard strike on Linfield’s first successful drive of the quarter. After more defensive dominance on the other side of the ball resulted in a punt, sophomore receiver Charlie Poppen hauled down a 28-yard lob from Inns to cap a seven-play drive that took less than two minutes.

Shortly before the end of the quarter, Inns and Wiersma hooked up again, this time on a 23-yard connection that ballooned Linfield’s lead to 34-0.

Wiersma topped 100 yards for the first time in several games, finishing with 133 yards to go with his two touchdown catches.

Yoder picked up right where Inns left off, tossing a 29-yard pass to freshman receiver Evan Patterson less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Puget Sound tailback Austin Wagner responded by scoring the Loggers’ only touchdown of the day on a 19-yard run on the ensuing drive.

Yoder had one more trick up his sleeve, hitting sophomore receiver Derek Priestly with a 19-yard missile to cap the score at 47-7. The backup quarterback’s final line was impressive: 58 passes completed, 119 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tailback Stephen Nasca led Linfield’s running back corps with 56 yards on the ground in his second game back from injury, although Shaffer scored the game’s only rushing touchdown.

The ’Cats retained their hold on the No. 3 spot in www.d3football.com’s Top 25 poll this week in addition to their No. 1 overall ranking in the West region. Should Linfield win its season finale at home against Pacific University, it would be in prime position to receive a No. 1 seed in the Division-III playoffs and secure the home-field advantage that comes with it.

Chris Forrer

For the Review

Photo courtesy of Sports Information

 

Junior defensive end Jeremy Girod fights off a block during the Puget Sound game on Nov. 3. Girod had six tackles and two sacks during the game.