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2012 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament




Semifinals: Thursday, Nov. 1 Championship: Saturday, Nov. 3
#1 DePauw 3, #4 Ohio Wesleyan 0 -- Box Score DePauw 2, Denison 0 - Box Score
#2 Denison 4, #3 Wooster 1 -- Box Score
Tournament Stats

Championship Recap:
DePauw (19-1) claimed its first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference tournament title on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 triumph over Denison (15-6) in Greencastle. With the scored tied, 0-0, after one half of play, DPU sophomore Paige Henry (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) gave the Tigers the lead in the 50th minute thanks to an assist from senior Margaret Ellis (St. Louis MO/Whitfield). Ellis, who was named tournament MVP, sealed the victory for the Tigers with her second goal of the tournament and 27th of the year in the 60th minute. The shutout marked the 15th of the season for the DPU Tigers who only allowed two conference goals all season. The victory assured the Tigers of its third appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and first under head coach Gina Preston Wills, while the Denison Big Red will hope to land an at-large big into the field of 24.

All-Tournament Team

Jenna Ortega, Ohio Wesleyan
Karson Stevenson, Ohio Wesleyan
Josie Rey, Wooster
Nikki Sever, Wooster
Katie McMahon, Denison
Katherine Ireland, Denison
Karla Dixon, Denison
Grace Goodbarn, DePauw
Chelsea Cutler, DePauw
Paige Henry, DePauw

Margaret Ellis, DePauw - Tournament MVP


Semifinal Recaps:
Top-seeded DePauw (14-0, 18-1) took a one-goal lead into the half and scored a pair of second half goals for a 3-0 triumph over fourth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (8-6, 10-8) in Thursday’s NCAC Tournament semifinal match in Greencastle, Indiana. With the victory, the Tigers will now host second-seeded Denison in the championship match on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. DPU sophomore Paige Henry (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) gave the Tigers the lead going into the half with her tenth goal of the season in the 25th minute. Senior Margaret Ellis (St. Louis MO/Whitfield) continued her spectacular season netting her 26th goal of the year at the 37:19 mark while sophomore Maggie Campbell (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) secured the Tigers 3-0 win with her tally in the 45th minute. The win is the 17th consecutive for the DPU Tigers as they look to capture their first-ever NCAC Tournament championship Saturday.

Second-seeded Denison (10-4, 15-5) set up a re-match with top-seeded DePauw in Saturday's NCAC Tournament championship match after defeating third-seeded Wooster (9-5, 11-9) by a 4-1 mark on Thursday in Granville, Ohio. The Big Red struck first in the 10th minute on a goal off the stick of Catie Merrick (Greenwich, CT/Garrison Forest), and took a 2-0 advantage into halftime after junior Katie McMahon (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) found the back of the net for Denison in the 27th minute. The Scots cut the lead in half early in the second period as senior Clare Nelson-Johnson (Wilmette, IL/Loyola Academy) found the back of the net in the 38th minute. Denison responded quickly to regain its two goal lead when Taylor Bacon (Mission Hills, KS/Pembroke Hill School) scored in the 41st minute and then it was Merrick again who put the game away for the Big Red with her second goal of the contest securing the 4-1 victory. Denison will make the trip to Greencastle on Saturday in a re-match of last years NCAC Tournament championship against the DPU Tigers at 12:00 p.m.


DePauw (14-0, 17-1) successfully navigated a perfect conference schedule for just the fifth time in league history to earn its first-ever outright North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, while Denison, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster have each won eight, Oberlin has two and Kenyon has one.

DePauw and Denison will enter the 2012 NCAC Tournament as the top two seeds for the second straight season after meeting in the Tournament Championship a year ago. The DPU Tigers will host fourth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (8-5, 10-7) in a semifinal contest at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. DePauw earned a pair of shutout victories over Ohio Wesleyan during regular season. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison (10-4, 14-5) hosting third-seeded Wooster (9-5, 11-8) at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Granville. The Big Red and Scots split a pair of contests during the regular season. The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Denison is the defending champion after winning its first tournament crown last year ... Wooster will be competing in the tournament for the 11th consecutive season as the only NCAC squad to have competed in every tournament since the inaugural event in 2002 ... Denison is appearing in the tournament for the fourth-consecutive season and eighth all-time ... Ohio Wesleyan returns to the tournament for the first time since 2009 and the third time overall, while DePauw returns for their second straight trip since joining the league in the 2011-12 season.