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NCAC Weekly Release (10-14-13) - Field Hockey

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Denison (12-1-0, 10-1-0) snapped DePauw’s (10-4-0, 8-1-0) 22-game NCAC winning streak with a, 2-0, victory Sunday. The win for Denison marks just the second regular season loss for the Tigers with their only other loss coming back in October of 2011 also to the Big Red. Seven North Coast contests are schedule this week starting Wednesday followed by a pair of conference games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

DENISON moved into a tie for first in the NCAC following a 2-0 victory over DePauw on Sunday. That capped off a week that featured three shutout victories over conference opponents. The 3-0 week extended Denison’s winning streak to eight games. DU has only three conference games left on the regular season schedule. Laura Campbell (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) played all 210 minutes in cage, helping Denison to three NCAC shutout wins, with four saves on the week.

DEPAUW defeated Kenyon, 4-2, on Saturday extending its NCAC win streak to 22 games. The Tiger goals were scored by Taylor Helms (Oklahoma City, OK/Casady School), Maggie Campbell (Winnetka, IL/New Trier), Laynie Thomas (Columbus, OH/Columbus School for Girls) and Grace Goodbarn (Highlands Ranch, CO/Mountain Vista). On Sunday the Tigers fell to Denison, 2-0, snapping their 22-game NCAC win streak. DePauw is now 10-4 overall and 8-1 in the conference.

EARLHAM dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Kenyon, 7-1, before a, 7-0, setback against Denison on Saturday.

KENYON split a pair of home NCAC games this weekend. Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake) scored four goals Friday and led the Ladies to a 7-1 decision over Earlham. Saturday, the Ladies jumped out to a 1-0 start, but couldn’t keep that pace in a 4-2 loss to DePauw.

First-year Oliva DeToma (Medway, MA/Medway) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the year to lift the OBERLIN Yeowomen to a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. However, the next day Wittenberg was able to sneak past Oberlin, 1-0.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of 1-0 North Coast contests last week, falling to Wooster on Wednesday and Oberlin Saturday. Sophomore goalkeeper Karson Stevenson (Aurora, CO/Grandview) recorded nine saves on the week in the cage for the Bishops.

WITTENBERG posted a 1-2 record on the road last week, falling, 3-0, to DePauw and 5-3 to Wooster before picking up a, 1-0, win at Oberlin on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Paige Vanerstrom (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) delivered the goal in the win, redirecting a shot from junior Beth Warning (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) for the difference-maker. Freshman Sarah Brownell (Ocnomowoc, WI/University Lake School) and freshman Laura Jansing (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) combined for the shutout in the cage for the Tigers.

Kerry O’Connor (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) was part of three of WOOSTER’S six goals on the week, helping the team to a pair of key conference wins. She scored the lone goal of the Scots’ 1-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. Then, she helped break a 1-1 deadlock with Wittenberg, assisting a goal scored by her twin sister, Kayla O’Connor (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius), and later she upped Wooster’s lead to 5-2 with a goal. Head coach Brenda Meese won her 400th career game as a collegiate head coach on Saturday, becoming the seventh in NCAA Div. III history and the 15th across all divisions to reach that milestone.