Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lords and Ladies Rake in Honors

A quartet of Kenyon Lords and Ladies were singled out this week for their athletic prowess.

On Monday, The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its list of players on the 2008 Division III Senior All-Star team. Defender Perrin Legg and goalkeeper Karen Thompson were the only NCAC players selected to the 38 player roster. The NFHCA's Senior All-Star game will take place Sunday, November 23 at Ursinus in Collegeville, PA. Start time for the game is set for 9:30 a.m.

Legg has racked up a team-high four defensive saves this season, giving her a career total of 11. She has helped the Ladies defense hold opponents to an average of just 1.92 goals per game this season and has also amped up her offensive play as well, collecting three goals and two assists. She's played in every Kenyon game over the last four years and started all but one of them. Legg is a three-time All-NCAC honoree and was named the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year last fall.

Thompson has been equally impressive as the Ladies last line of defense. She is Kenyon's record-holder for shutouts in a season (12 in 2006) and in a career (25). She's made 118 saves this season, recorded six shutouts, and possesses a .787 saves percentage. Her career goals against average currently stands at 1.09. She has been named to the All-NCAC team twice and received a 2007 all-America award from announced their weekly honors with freshman Alisa Vereshchagin and junior Douglas Huguenard picking a matching set of the National Division III Swimmer of the Week awards.

Vereshchagin made quite a splash last week against Ohio State. The Ladies were unable to win the dual meet against the powerful Division I Buckeyes, but Vereshchagin, a breaststroke specialist, did not back down. She produced the lone event win for the Ladies by taking the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:05.98. Later in the meet, Vereshchagin placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.26, which was good enough to clear another NCAA 'B' cut.

Huguenard did what he could to keep the Lords competitive against the Buckeyes. The Lords wound up losing 168-71, but Huguenard had an excellent start to his season with some solid swims in butterfly events. He took third place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.62 and added another third place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 51.80. Huguenard's time in the 100 was good enough to clear the NCAA 'B' cut.

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