Earlham (1-2, 4-3) has now won NCAC contests in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2008-09 seasons after defeating Oberlin, 4-3, in a penalty stroke-off. Kenyon (4-0, 5-2) and DePauw (3-0, 5-2) sit atop the league standings as the final two unbeaten teams in league play. NCAC action continues this week with a contest scheduled Tuesday, three Friday, three Saturday and two more on Sunday.
DENISON went 2-1 on the week, logging 5-0 victories over Eastern Mennonite and Concordia-Wisconsin. Their only loss came in OT to Wittenberg. Freshman Charlotte Happel (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate) recorded her first-career hat trick in Denison’s 5-0 win over Concordia-Wisconsin. She finished the week with four goals and leads the Big Red with seven on the season.
DEPAUW collected a pair of conference wins last weekend, defeating Wooster, 6-5, and Oberlin, 7-2, to improve to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the NCAC. Freshman Erika Bell (Prospect, KY/Sacred Heart Academy) scored her first collegiate goal against Wooster in lieu of a hat-trick and scored another goal against Oberlin for a total of eight points on the weekend.
EARLHAM stands at 4-3 on the season after splitting road games at Wooster and Oberlin last weekend. Earlham trailed Oberlin, 3-1, with under ten minutes to play, but evened the contest with two goals in regulation and won a shootout, 2-1.
KENYON won all three of its games last week to improve to 5-2 and 4-0 in conference play. Kenyon allowed just one goal in those contests. Junior Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George’s School) led Kenyon in points last week and tallied the game-winning goal in Kenyon’s comeback win against Wittenberg. Hutchinson’s six goals rank within the top three of the NCAC.
OBERLIN dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 tilt to Earlham in a penalty stroke-off on Saturday, before being bested by the DePauw Tigers on Sunday, 7-2. Saturday’s bout was a thriller to open the weekend. First-year Libby Royer (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and senior Maureen Coffey (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson) tallied scores against the Quakers, but the Earlham side evened the score, 3-3, before the end of regulation. Two overtimes weren’t enough and the match went into a stroke-off. After four rounds, the Quakers found the breakthrough to deliver the Yeowomen a loss in their 2016 home opener.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped its lone contest last week as junior goalkeeper Jackie Feliciano (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) finished with eight saves for the Bishops in a 2-0 loss to Kenyon. OWU returns to action Tuesday when they host Denison.
WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC contests last week, knocking off Denison, 2-1, before falling to Kenyon in overtime on Sunday. Junior Audrey Coler (Cincinnati, OH/Ursuline Academy) led the Tigers with two goals on the week, including the game-winner against Denison.
WOOSTER won its third-straight game to start the weekend with a 3-2 NCAC win over Earlham. Then, the Scots dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 tilt to DePauw. A high-scoring back-and-forth first half saw the Scots emerge with a 5-4 halftime lead with three Kayla O’Connor (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius)-from-Leah Prescott (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) combinations accounting for the majority of Wooster’s scoring. O’Connor led the Scots on the week with four goals and eight total points.