DePauw (15-4) won its third NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title after edging Kenyon (17-3), 1-0 in a sudden-victory shootout in the championship game on Saturday, November 7, in Gambier, Ohio. The two teams split their regular season series. That trend of tight competition continued in the tournament championship as they battled through regulation and two sudden-victory overtime periods before tying, 1-1, in the first round of the shootout. Tiger junior Sofia Carretereo (St. Louis, MO/Cor Jesu Academy) finally earned the victory for DePauw by converting her attempt in the second round of the shootout. Carretereo also saved the Tigers on defense, as she stopped a Kenyon shot from finding an empty net in the first overtime session.
DePauw fought off a strong attack from Kenyon the entire game. The Ladies outshot the Tigers, 31-12, for the game and 8-0 in the second overtime. That resulted in DPU goalkeeper Sarah Guendert (Columbus, OH/Columbus Academy) making 17 saves. On the other end, DePauw had five shots on goal. DePauw also won the corner advantage at 8-6.
DePauw will open NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship play with a first-round game at Rhodes College on Wednesday, November 11. Rhodes (15-5), making its third appearance all-time, earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams met in Greencastle on September 13 with Rhodes taking a 4-1 victory after DePauw held a 1-0 lead for most of the first half. The winner of Wednesday’s opening-round game faces second-ranked TCNJ (18-1), which will host second and third-round games November 14-15.
DePauw is appearing in the tournament for the fifth time with an all-time record of 2-4. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals in 2012 after topping top-ranked and undefeated Middlebury on its home field.
The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Erika Dombkowski, have got strong performances this season from sophomores Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/ Columbus Acad.) and Reilly Bruce (Chicago, IL/Francis Parker) as the duo has combined for 33 of DePauw’s 68 goals and dished out 12 assists for 78 total points. On the defensive side of the ball, Guendert has corralled 102 saves and allowed just 26 goals in 1364:23 minutes of action with a 1.33 goals against average.
Complete NCAA Tournament information can be found online at: www.ncaa.com