Kenyon (15-7) saw its 2016 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon following a 3-0 loss against Salisbury (17-1) in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament.
Salisbury opened the scoring in the first half when Abbey Shobe, the Sea Gulls leader in goals, fired in a rebound from the initial shot off the stick of Kristen Yingling. In the second half, Casie Preisch scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute and Natalie Wilkinson added insurance when she registered her 13th goal of the year in the 66th minute to secure the win for the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury outshot Kenyon, 16-9, and held an 11-5 edge on penalty corners. Kenyon goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School), the 2016 NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, made nine saves in the loss. Salisbury goalie Tressie Windsor grabbed three saves as the Sea Gulls posted their fifth-straight shutout victory. Junior Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor-Day) led Kenyon on the day offensively with three shots, while Wilkinson paced Salisbury with a game-high four shots.
The Ladies advanced advanced into the NCAA second round after defeating Elizabethtown, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday (11/9). Trulik sunk the game-winning goal just five minutes into the first overtime session. It marks the first win for Kenyon in the national tournament since the Ladies topped Juniata in overtime in the opening round by a 1-0 margin on November 8, 2006.
The Ladies finished the regular season in third place in the NCAC standings with a 10-4 record against league foes, but they did claim the league’s automatic bid into the national tournament after topping DePauw, 2-1, in overtime in the NCAC Tournament title game.