DePauw (14-3-0, 11-1-0), Kenyon (12-5-0, 10-3-0) and Denison (12-4-0, 9-3-0) have all earned spots in the 2016 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament heading into the final week of the regular season. Wittenberg (8-8-0, 6-6-0) and Wooster (8-9-0, 6-6-0) each play a pair of NCAC contests this week in the fight for the final spot in the tournament. The complete tournament bracket will be available following the conclusion of Saturday’s contest.
DENISON went 1-1 in two home NCAC matchups last week. The Big Red took down Earlham, 1-0, to earn their sixth straight victory at the time, but a 2-0 loss to the DePauw Tigers on Sunday snapped Denison’s winning streak. Jen Durbin (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) scored the only goal for the Big Red this week as she scored in the second half in their match against Earlham. Ellen Westfall (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) picked up her seventh shutout of the season against the Quakers after turning aside the only shot on goal she faced.
DEPAUW swept its competition last weekend, defeating Kenyon, 2-1, and Denison, 2-0, to claim at least a share of the NCAC title. It was their eighth straight win as they now sit at 14-3 overall and 11-1 in the conference. Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) scored in each game to raise her season total to a team-high 16 goals.
EARLHAM fell at Denison and at Kenyon last weekend. The Quakers will close out the regular season this week by traveling to DePauw on Wednesday and hosting Wittenberg on Saturday.
KENYON split a pair of home games last weekend. Saturday, the Ladies dropped a 2-1 decision to first-place DePauw. Sunday, they bounced back with a 3-0 win against Earlham. The four goals for the week were scored by four different players. The shutout of Earlham was junior goalkeeper Sarah Speroff’s (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) seventh of the season and the 25th of her career, tying her with Karen Thompson ‘09 for the program record.
OBERLIN nabbed its first victory of the year on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan, but finished 1-2 on the week with a Wednesday night defeat to Washington & Jefferson and a tight 2-0 stumble on Sunday afternoon against Wittenberg. The Yeowomen captured their first win of the season with the help of two goals from Maureen Coffey (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson) and another score from first-year Libby Royer (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington). Goalie Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) closed the weekend with 35 saves over the week to elevate her season total to 159.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped two NCAC contests last week, falling to Wooster and Oberlin. Freshman forward Ashley Barno (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and junior defender Paige Haenig (Hollidaysburg, PA/Pine-Richland) each scored last week despite the losses. The Bishops return to action this week on Wednesday when they travel to Wittenberg.
WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Wooster in double-overtime Saturday, before bouncing back to defeat Oberlin, 2-0. Senior forward Riley Trexler (Louisville, KY/Atherton) and sophomore Blaine Donnelly (Hanover, MD/Archbishop Spalding) each scored in the win. It was Trexler’s 15th goal of the season.
WOOSTER picked up a pair of big NCAC wins last week to even out its league record at 6-6. On Wednesday, Wooster topped Ohio Wesleyan, 2-1, marking Brenda Meese’s 300th win at Wooster. Then, on Saturday Wooster picked up a big 2-1 win over Wittenberg in double overtime. Senior forward Kayla O’Connor (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) scored the game-winner against Wittenberg, it was her second game-winner in overtime this year.