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2015 Winter Magazine

Enders takes lacrosse reins Kat Enders has been named women’s lacrosse coach at Linfield College. Enders is the fifth coach to head the program since the college launched women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in 1997. Enders spent the last two years as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She was a four-year lacrosse letter winner and twoyear captain at Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 2012. Kailana Ritte-Camara ’15 Victoria Thompson ’15 shirts with slogans reading “Linfield Family,” “Play for Parker” and “Linfield Strong.” As Linfield readied to snap the ball on its first play against Chapman, Kyle Chandler ’17 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Winter 2015 Volleyball seniors rewrite record books Kailana Ritte- Camara ’15, a lefthanded outside hitter, earned first team all-NWC honors, averaging a team best 2.81 kills per set, while also totaling 25 blocks and 286 digs. She became the fourth player in Linfield history to surpass 1,000 career digs, ending with 1,038. Victoria Thompson ’15 moved to number four on Linfield’s career block assists list. Six named to all-NWC soccer squad First team all-Northwest Conference honorees Emily Fellows ’15, Lindzee Baker ’15 and Ellie Schmidt ’15 highlighted six Wildcat selections to the all-league squad after Linfield tied for second place in the conference standings. Emma Vukic ’16 was named to the second team and Kendra McSheridan ’17 and Marisa Specht ’16 received honorable mention consideration. Wildcat Open set for August The annual Wildcat Open will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha. Build your own team of four players or be assigned to a group. Lunch, drinks and dinner are provided, as well as range balls, motorized cart, prize bag and a few surprises. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. A shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. For more information go to: linfield.edu/sports/wildcatopen Triumph and tragedy In a season marred by tragedy, the Linfield Wildcats football team demonstrated class, courage, resilience and determination. The ’Cats clinched their sixth consecutive Northwest Conference title and extended their winning streak to 59 seasons. But shortly after, the tragic death of linebacker Parker Moore ’17 on Nov. 16 sent the team and the rest of the college community reeling (read more on page 13). The team overcame its shock and grief to dedicate the season to Moore and then won three decisive playoff games including two on the road, before falling to eventual national champions University of Wisconsin Whitewater 20-14 in the semi-finals of Division III football. The team traveled a record 15,672 miles for eight games on the road, including three playoff games in Texas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Following the tragic death of Parker Moore ’17, Wildcat football helmets featured #35 stickers throughout all the playoff games. A moment of silence in his memory was observed at all 16 Division III first-round playoff games around the country. During the game against Chapman on Nov. 22, Maxwell Field was full of hundreds of purple trotted off the field, pointing skyward. To honor Moore, Linfield ran a “missing man” formation on its first play.


2015 Winter Magazine
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