2010 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament

2010 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament

NCAC TRNY CHAMPS -- WOO

THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

2010 NCAC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 3rd Championship: Saturday, Nov. 6
#1 Wittenberg 3, #4 Denison 2 (2-OT) {Box Score}

#2 Wooster 4, #1 Wittenberg 3 {Box Score}

#2 Wooster 1, #3 Kenyon 0 {Box Score}  

Tournament Stats

ALL-Tournament Team

Katherine Ireland, Denison
Brittany Benson, Denison
Claire Chapman, Kenyon
Sydney Carney-Knisely, Kenyon
Boo Vernon, Wittenberg
Meredith Price, Wittenberg
Elizabeth Dwyer, Wittenberg
Amanda Artman, Wooster
Stephanie Standera, Wooster
Nina Dine, Wooster
Josie Rey, Wooster (MVP)

Championship Match Recap:
Wooster (15-4) claimed its third-straight North Coast Athletic Conference tournament title on Saturday afternoon after senior Stephanie Standera (Penfield, NY/Penfield) broke a 3-3 tie on a goal with 13.6 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Fighting Scots to a 4-3 victory over Wittenberg. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal from senior Boo Vernon (Lake Bluff, IL/Cushing Academy), but the Scots answered as as senior Amanda Artman (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) fired in a goal just six minutes later.  Wittenberg responded and entered intermission with a 2-1 advantage after junior Elizabeth Dwyer (St. Louis, MO/Ladue) knocked home a goal at the 28:41 mark of the first half.  The intensity of the game increased dramatically in the second half as both teams capitalized at crucial times throughout the period.  Wooster senior Eileen Barrer (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) opened the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 42:31 mark and the Scots seemed to take control of the game as sophomore Clare Nelson Johnson (Wilmette, IL/Loyola Academy) put the Scots up, 3-2, with just under 20 minutes left in the game.  However, the Tigers wouldn’t surrender and evened the score up at 3-3 with 12 minutes left in the contest on a goal off the stick of senior Tori Casanta (Mason, OH/Cor Jesu Academy).  With time running out in regulation, the match seemed destined for overtime, but Standera was able to corral a lose ball in front of the net and smash it home for the game-winner.  Wooster freshman defender Josie Rey (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park & River Forest) was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament as she helped the defensive unit post a 1-0 shutout victory in the semifinals over Kenyon, and held a potent Wittenberg squad to just three goals in the championship match.

The victory assured the Fighting Scots of their third-straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament, while the Tigers will hope to land their second-consecutive at-large bid into the tournament field.  First round contests are slated for Wednesday, Nov. 10.  Complete matchups and site information will be released by the NCAA on Monday at www.ncaa.com.

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Semifinal Round Recap:
The top-seeded Wittenberg Tigers survived an upset bid at the hands of No. 4 Denison on Wednesday afternoon, collecting a 3-2 double overtime victory over the Big Red in one of two semifinal contests on the afternoon.  Senior Boo Vernon (Lake Bluff, Ill./Cushing Academy) connected on a goal with just over five minutes remaining in the first overtime session to lift the Tigers to victory.  In the other semifinal contest, No. 2 Wooster blanked third-seeded Kenyon, 1-0.  The Fighting Scots scored the games' lone goal in the 24th minute off the stick of sophomore Clare Nelson-Johnson (Wilmette, IL/Loyola Academy).  Wittenberg and Wooster, which split a pair of contests in the regular-season, will square off on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in Springfield to determine the 2010 Tournament champion and the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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Sunday, Oct. 30: Wittenberg (11-1, 14-3) captured its league-best 10th NCAC championship and second in a row after sharing the crown with Wooster last season.  Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster have each won eight titles, while Denison has seven, Oberlin has two and Kenyon has one.

The Tigers will enter the 2010 NCAC tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Denison (6-6, 8-10) in a semifinal contest on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  The Tigers defeated the Big Red in both regular season meetings, earning a 4-1 victory at home before holding on for a 1-0 triumph in Granville.  Wooster (10-2, 14-5) earned the second seed and will host third-seeded Kenyon (8-4, 10-10) on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.  The Fighting Scots won both regular season matchups against the Ladies, securing a 4-2 victory in Gambier and a 3-1 triumph at home.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Wooster is the two-time defending tournament champion, while Wittenberg leads the way with three tournament titles, winning the first three tournaments contested ... Wittenberg and Wooster will both be competing in the tournament for the ninth-consecutive season as they are the only two squads to have competed in every tournament since the inaugural event in 2002.  Denison returns to the tournament for the second year in a row and sixth all-time, while Kenyon, a two-time tournament champion, returns to the field after a one-year hiatus in 2009.