Kenyon 9, Denison 0
The 19th-ranked Kenyon College (12-3) men’s tennis team handed No. 29 Denison University its worst loss of the season on Wednesday at Jasper Tennis Center.
There were some tight matches throughout the contest, but in the end, the Lords were able to sweep all the doubles and singles flights.
Sophomores Jacob Zalenski and Austin Diehl notched the Lords’ first point. Winning for the 10th time in the last 11 matches, they rolled 8-3 at the second flight.
Kenyon then moved ahead 2-0 courtesy of Alex Rieger and Weston Noall. In an extremely close match against Kevin Brown and Jamie McDonald, the Lords’ duo was down 5-4 and within a point of being down 6-4. That’s when Rieger and Noall rallied and turned the tide. They later tied the match at 5-5 and prevailed 8-6. The Lords then seized a 3-0 match lead at No. 3. Bryan Yoshino and Michael Liu were tied 5-5 with Blake Burstein and Patrick McGuigan before reeling off three-straight games.
After a quick break, Diehl moved Kenyon ahead 4-0 with a straight-sets victory at No. 2. The win moved his spring record to 14-0.
Kenyon’s clinching point came from Zalenski. He led 3-0 in the first before Denison’s Vlad Rotnov responded with five straight games. Zalenski then returned the favor, tied the set at 6-6 and won in tiebreaker fashion. Then in the second set, Kenyon’s No. 1 singles player won 6-1.
After Michael Liu’s win at the fourth spot, junior Nicholas Paolucci added the team’s seventh match point as he rallied for a three-set win against McDonald at No. 3. The Lords completed the sweep with two more straight-set wins from Noall and Yoshino.
Next on the schedule for Kenyon is a home date on Monday at 4:30 p.m. against Ohio Wesleyan University.
Wooster 12, Kenyon 9
The Kenyon College men’s lacrosse team got off to a decent start in wintry conditions Wednesday night at The College of Wooster. The Lords, however, lost their lead in the second quarter and the host Fighting Scots held on for a key 12-9 North Coast Athletic Conference victory.
Kenyon (6-4, 2-2 NCAC) got two goals from senior Pierce Kraft and another from junior Joe Woody to jump out to a 3-1 advantage within the game’s first ten minutes.
The two teams then traded a couple of surges that resulted in a handful of lead changes. Wooster scored the game’s next three goals to move ahead 4-3 at the start of the second quarter. Kenyon regained the lead with back-to-back goals from junior Emilio Sosa and senior Josh Galardi, but the Fighting Scots answered with three more and ended up taking a 7-6 lead into halftime.
The Lords’ defense was getting the job done, but the offense just couldn’t pull the team over the hump. Kenyon held Wooster scoreless in five extra-man opportunities. Additionally, the Lords held Sam and Cullen Kuhn, two of the conference’s leading scorers, to a combined five points on four goals and one assist.
The Scots, who were outshot 52-40 by Kenyon, gained a huge advantage at midfield, where they won 17-of-24 face-offs. Two of those faceoff wins came at the start of the third quarter and led to a pair of goals that put Wooster ahead by three, 9-6.
Woody and Sosa scored the next goals and pulled the Lords within striking distance once again, but another face-off win led to a quick Wooster goal and the Scots tacked on one more to get to the fourth quarter with an 11-8 advantage.
Both defenses really tighten up in the final quarter, each allowing just one goal on eight shots. Kenyon’s goal came from senior Jonah Florence at the 7:31 mark. Six minutes later, Wooster (8-3, 4-0 NCAC) put things out of reach with a final tally from Sam Kuhn.
Galardi led the Lords with four points on two goals and two assists. Sosa and Woody had two goals. Kraft had two goals and an assist, while Florence scored one goal and had two assists.
With the Kuhns held to just five points, Wooster was paced by Joe Altieri, who notched five points on two goals and three assists. Luke Lijenstolpe added three goals and an assist.
In goal, freshman Nick Connelly made 11 saves for Kenyon, while Wesley Wagner racked up 13 saves for Wooster.