2016 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament

              

Semifinals Games  Championship Game 
Wednesday, Novovember 2
Saturday, November 5 
#1 DePauw 5, #4 Wittenberg 2 {Box}
Kenyon 2, DePauw 1 - OT {Box}
#3 Kenyon 2, #2 Denison 1 - OT {Box}
 
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Championship Recap:

Junior Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George’s School) converted on a penalty stroke in overtime to lift third-seeded Kenyon (14-6) to its fourth NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title, 2-1, over top-seeded DePauw (17-4) on Saturday November 5th in Greencastle, Indiana.

DePauw jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when junior forward Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) scored her 21st goal of the season off a deflection from a shot off the stick of senior Addie Ball (Winnetka, IL/North Shore Country Day) just two minutes into the contest. Kenyon tied the game with just under 10 minutes to play in the half when Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor-Day) scored her third goal of the season on a assist from Hutchinson all set up by a penalty corner. The Ladies held a 10-2 penalty corner advantage in the first half, including an 8-5 edge in shots.

In the second half DePauw applied plenty of pressure in the Kenyon end but wasn’t able to find the back of the cage in large part due to Tournament MVP Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) who made five saves to keep the score tied at one. Speroff made two more saves in overtime before Hutchinson connected on the penalty stroke 3:38 into the extra period to give the Ladies the victory.

DePauw outshot Kenyon, 14-12, but the Ladies held a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners despite not earning any in the second half or overtime periods. DePauw sophomore goalie Sarah Foye (Goshen, KY/North Oldham) finished the game with four saves, while Speroff finished with eight saves in the cage for the Ladies.  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

Fluer Vaandrager, Wittenberg
Audrey Coler, Wittenberg
Ali Gakenheimer, Denison
Emily Marlatt, Denison
Addie Ball, DePauw
Maddy Burds, DePauw
Rose Revolinski, DePauw
Shannon Hart, Kenyon
Paige Beyer, Kenyon
Kelsey Tralik, Kenyon
Sarah Speroff, Kenyon - Tournament MVP
 

Semifinal Recaps:

Top-seeded DePauw (17-3) has successfully advanced to its fifth NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title game in the last six years following a 5-2 victory over fourth-seeded Wittenberg (10-9) on Wednesday afternoon in Greencastle. DePauw struck first just 8:57 in the game as junior forward Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) took a pass from freshman forward Kate Milner (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs School) and beat the Wittenberg goalie for a 1-0 advantage. Milner than put DPU up 2-0 just five minutes later on a goal of her own off an assist from senior midfielder Addie Ball (Winnetka, IL/North Shore Country Day). Wittenberg cut the lead to 2-1 with 19:07 on the first half clock on a connection from junior midfieler Brighid Kortyna (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) to freshman midfielder Fleur Vaandrager (Hattem, the Netherlands/Van Der Capellen). DPU increased its lead to 3-1 near the end of the first half on a goal from junior defender Grace Waldman (St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) off an assist from junior forward Reilly Bruce (Chicago, IL/Francis Parker). After 22 minutes of scoreless action to open the second half, Milner netted her second and third goals of the game in the 56th and 65th minutes to seal the victory for the Tigers. DePauw sophomore goalie Sarah Foye (Goshen, KY/North Oldham) finished the game with one save in the DPU goal, while freshmanJosefien van den Berg (Zwolle, the Netherlands/Celeanum) led the Tigers with two saves in the cage.

Freshman forward Hannah Sklar (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift third-seeded Kenyon (13-6) to a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Denison (14-5) on Wednesday in Granville.  After 30 minutes of scoreless action in the first half, Sklar gave the Ladies a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute and that score would stand until intermission. With KC just three minutes away from victory, Denison senior forward Abby Martone (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs School) netted her 10th goal of the season in the 67th minute off a pass from freshman Ali Gakenheimer (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) to push the game into overtime. Following a KC timeout just three minutes into overtime, junior Shannon Hart (Mandara, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) settled a ball off a penalty corner and sent a shot into the box that was redirected off the the stick of Sklar and past the DU goalie for the game-winning score. Junior Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken) paced the Ladies’ stingy defensive unit in the game with two saves, while sophomore Ellen Westfall (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) finished the contest with four saves in the Big Red goal.

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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2016 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Sunday, October 30th.

DePauw (16-3, 13-1) earned its fourth overall North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season crown since joining the league in 2011 and first since 2013. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, followed by Denison (9), Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw (4), Kenyon and Oberlin (3). 

DePauw will enter the 2016 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and defending champion after defeating Kenyon, 1-0, a season ago. The Tigers will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (10-8, 8-6) in a semifinal contest at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. DePauw earned a pair of victories over Wittenberg during the regular season, most recently defeating the Tigers, 3-1, on October 8th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison (11-3, 14-4) hosting third-seeded Kenyon (12-6, 10-4) at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Granville. Denison defeated Kenyon twice during the regular season, but the Ladies have won both meetings between the two teams in the NCAC Tournament as Wednesday marks the third time the two programs have met in the tournament in the last four years. 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 champions after winning its third tournament crown last year … Denison, looking for its second title in program history, is appearing in the tournament for the eighth-consecutive season and 12th time overall … Kenyon returns to the tournament for the fifth-straight time and is looking for its second tournament title in three years and fourth overall … Wittenberg is making its third-straight and 13th overall appearance in the tournament and is tied with a league-high three tournament titles ... DePauw, Kenyon, Wooster and Wittenberg all have three tournament titles, followed by Oberlin and Denison with one apiece.