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NCAC Weekly Release (10-21-13) - Field Hockey

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Denison (14-1-0, 10-1-0) and DePauw (12-4-0, 10-1-0) have each punched a ticket into the North Coast Tournament heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. While the Big Red stepped out of conference play to pick up two wins last week, the Tigers earned NCAC victories over Wooster (8-7-0, 6-5-0) and Oberlin (4-10-0, 3-8-0).

DENISON extended its winning streak to 10-straight following a pair of non-conference wins over Division II Lindenwood, 4-1, and Hendrix, 5-0, last weekend at Lindenwood. The Big Red’s current winning streak is their longest since the 1992 season. Senior Katie McMahon (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) recorded three goals, including the game-winner against the host Lions, while fellow senior Mia Day (Fredericksburg, VA/James Monroe) had two goals and an assist. McMahon and classmate Alex Berman (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) co-lead the league with 14 goals each. McMahon also leads the NCAC in points with 35. Senior goalie Laura Campbell (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) continues her break out season as she posted her sixth career shutout. Campbell currently leads the league in goals allowed (13) and GAA average (0.82).

DEPAUW won a thrilling game against Wooster on Saturday by scoring two goals in the final four minutes to secure the comeback victory. Chelsea Cutler (Victoria, B.C./Mt. Douglas Secondary) scored to knot the score, 2-2, on Micheline Figel’s (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park River Forest) assist before Figel delivered the game winner with 1:22 left on Cutler’s assist. The Tigers then knocked off Oberlin, 6-0, on Sunday as Maggie Campbell (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) and Paige Henry (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) each posted a pair of goals in the win.

EARLHAM dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Wooster, 8-0, before a 6-0 setback against DePauw on Saturday.

KENYON played a couple more conference games last week and walked away with a 6-1 win over Wittenberg and a 1-0 overtime win against Ohio Wesleyan. Senior midfielder Alex Bair (Darien, CT/Darien) powered the Ladies with two goals and one assist for five points on the week. With three regular-season games still left to play, the Ladies have surpassed both their overall win total (8) and their conference win total (7) from a season ago.

OBERLIN picked up its fourth win of the season with a 4-1 win over Earlham. First-years Oliva DeToma (Medway, MA/Medway) and Ariana Enzerink (Davis, CA/Davis Senior) each scored their sixth goal of the season, which ties them for the team lead.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest of the week, 1-0, in overtime Saturday versus Kenyon. Sophomore goalkeeper Karson Stevenson (Aurora, CO/Grandview) recorded three saves in the cage for the Bishops.

WITTENBERG fell to Kenyon on the road by a score of 6-1 in its only action last week. Junior Beth Warning (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) scored the lone goal off an assist from junior Megan Loofbourrow (Prospect, KY/Ballard).

WOOSTER split a pair of conference contests last week, knocking off Earlham, 8-0, before falling to DePauw by the score of 3-2. Taylor Thorp (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown) tied a single-game conference record with five goals at Earlham. Thorp scored four goals less than 20 minutes into the action, connecting at the 5:28, 9:10, 16:29, and 19:38 marks, and in the second half, she assisted on one score before her NCAC-record tying fifth. Five-goal conference games have occurred just four other times in the NCAC’s 30-year history, and it is believed to be the most by a Wooster player since 1981 when Cindy Runnette had a series of six- and seven-goal games.