EDITED 9:00 PM, 10/20, TO REFLECT CHANGE IN STANDINGS
GAMBIER, Ohio – In the Earlham College field hockey team's last 15 trips to Gambier, Ohio, dating back to the 2004 season, the closest the Quakers came to knocking off Kenyon College at the Ladies' home turf was a three-goal loss – and that was just last season.
Sunday's matchup between Earlham and Kenyon at the Field at Benson Bowl ended with the Ladies posting a 1-0 win over the Quakers, but the one-goal margin was another clear sign that Earlham field hockey is closing the gap with the rest of the North Coast Athletic Conference.
The loss snapped Earlham's four-game winning streak as the Quakers slipped to 9-6 overall. The Maroon and White also took its first loss in NCAC play, dipping to 3-1 in the conference and moving into a tie with Denison for third place in the league standings.
Kenyon, who received votes in last week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III top 20 poll and missed the national ranking by two spots, improved to 12-2 overall, and remained perfect in the NCAC with a 5-0 mark.
Kenyon's Hannah Sklar notched the game's only goal with 8:27 remaining in the second quarter, with a shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner attempt. Lucy Irwin was credited with an assist on the goal.
The Ladies outshot the visiting Quakers, 16-0, and had 11 penalty corners to Earlham's three. Sophomore goalie Meg Murphy kept Earlham in the game with six saves, and the Quakers' defensive unit held a Kenyon squad that had been averaging 2.4 goals per game - second-most in the NCAC - to a single goal.
Earlham field hockey returns home for two games at Darrell Beane Stadium – the Quakers' final regular season home games of 2019 – starting with a meeting with Denison University (10-3, 3-1 NCAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m.