2014 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament

 

Semifinals: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Championship: Saturday, Nov. 8 
#1 Kenyon 2, #4 Wittenberg 0 {Box Score}
Kenyon 1, Denison 0 {Box Score}
#3 Denison 2, #2 DePauw 0 {Box Score}
 
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Championship Recap:
Kenyon (19-2) claimed its third NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title with 1-0 victory over Denison (13-5) in the Championship match on Saturday, November 8 in Gambier, Ohio. After a back-and-forth first half that didn't see much action near either goal line, the Ladies broke through early in the second half. One minute and 36 seconds into the second stanza, Kenyon earned a penalty corner, which was one of just three in the game for the Ladies. Senior Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake) inbounded the ball to junior Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle), who loaded up and sent a laser through traffic and into the back of the Denison cage. It was Breschi's team-best 14th goal of the season and Hall's team-best ninth assist. Kenyon held an 8-4 advantage in shots, while Denison attempted six of the game's nine penalty corners. The Big Red posted the only two saves of the match. With the win the Ladies earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The NCAA selections will be released late Sunday evening. 

All-Tournament Team

Casey Fry, Wittenberg
Paige Vanerstrom, Wittenberg
Grace Goodbarn, DePauw
Paige Henry, DePauw
Britta Marden, Denison
Molly Chapman, Denison
Alex Berman, Denison
Shannon Hart, Kenyon
Julie Freedman, Kenyon
Rachel Hall, Kenyon
Maddie Breschi, Kenyon - Tournament MVP

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Semifinal Recaps:
A pair of goals from freshman Shannon Hart (Mandara, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) propelled top-seeded Kenyon (18-2, 13-1) past fourth-seeded Wittenberg (9-11, 7-7), 2-0, in Wednesday’s NCAC Tournament semifinal match in Gambier, Ohio. With the victory, the Ladies have advanced to the championship match for the second-straight year and sixth time in program history. The Ladies jumped ahead when Hart converted on her first goal in the 18th minute. Hart’s insurance goal and 11th of the season came at the 44:19 mark in the second half, as the freshman buried a rebound for her second unassisted tally of the game. Kenyon outshot Wittenberg, 20-6, and held a 11-7 edge on penalty corners. Wittenberg goalie Sarah Brownell (Oconomowoc, WI/University Lake School) made 10 saves in a losing effort, while Kenyon goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) grabbed four saves to earn the shutout victory. The win is the 11th-straight for the Ladies as they look to capture their third NCAC Tournament championship on Saturday.

Third-seeded Denison (13-6, 10-4) advanced to its third NCAC Tournament final in the last four years after knocking-off second-seeded DePauw (16-3, 12-2), 2-0, in Wednesday’s semifinal contest in Greencastle, Indiana. Denison junior Britta Marden (Belmont, MA/Belmont) was credited with the game-winning goal when she scored her fifth of the season in the 10th minute of the contest, chipping a shot from the baseline past the Tiger netminder. Trailing 1-0 late in the contest, DePauw pulled its goalie to bring on an extra attacker in the final seven minutes and despite being outshot, 15-5, Denison held on and added an insurance penalty stroke goal from Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School) in the final seconds of the contest. Denison will be in search of its second NCAC Tournament championship on Saturday as the Big Red travel to Kenyon in the first-ever matchup between the two teams in the conference final. 

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Kenyon (17-2, 13-1) locked down its first North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season crown since the 2007 season and second overall. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, followed by Denison (9), Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw (3) and Oberlin and Kenyon (2). 

Kenyon will enter the 2014 NCAC Tournament as the top seed looking to return to the championship final after falling to DePauw a season ago. The Ladies will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (9-10, 7-7) in a semifinal contest at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Kenyon earned a pair of victories over Wittenberg during the regular season, most recently defeating the Tiger, 5-2, on October 18th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded DePauw hosting third-seeded Denison (12-6, 10-4) at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Greencastle. The DPU Tigers knocked off the Big Red twice 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 ... DePauw, making its fourth-straight appearance in the tournament, is the defending champion after winning its second-straight tournament crown last year ...  Denison is appearing in the tournament for the sixth-consecutive season and 10th time overall ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the second-straight time and seventh time overall ... Wittenberg is making its 11th appearance in the tournament and first since 2011 after the Tigers had made 10-straight appearances since the inaugural event in 2002.