Wittenberg (7-0, 11-3) has claimed the top seed in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which begins with semifinal match-ups on Thursday. The Tigers entertain fourth-seeded Wooster (5-3, 12-4) at 6:30 PM, while second-seeded Kenyon (7-1, 11-2) welcomes third-seeded Denison (6-2, 13-2), at 5:00 PM. The championship game will be held on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 PM at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round. The tournament winner receives both the NCAC Championship and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Tournament.
Denison is the defending tournament champion and leads the way with 17 NCAC titles all-time (1985-1994, '96, 1999-'01, '06, '11-'12), followed by Wooster with six (2002-04, '07, '09, '10), Oberlin with three (1995, '97-'98) and Ohio Wesleyan with two ('05, '08).
Sophomore Kelsey Rodgers (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood Regional) and freshman McKenzie Bell (Akron, OH/Walsh Jesuit) each tied single-game marks in ALLEGHENY'S final game of the 2013 campaign. Rodgers scored nine goals to help lead the Gators to a 22-15 win over Ohio Wesleyan, the first player to tally nine goals since the 1995 season. Bell finished with five goals and seven assists to tie the single-game program record for most points in a game with 12. Rodgers opened the week with eight goals in a 19-3 win over Hiram.
DENISON will travel to Kenyon College for the semifinals of the 2013 NCAC Tournament on Thursday. The Big Red have posted a 13-2 record this season with their only losses coming to Kenyon and Wittenberg.
DEPAUW was idle last week after its contest with Wittenberg was postponed due to weather. The Tigers wrap up their inaugural season Monday on the road at Wittenberg.
KENYON rounded out its regular-season and conference schedule with road wins at Denison (15-10) and DePauw (24-8). The wins were the Ladies' sixth and seventh in a row and helped Kenyon clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAC Tournament.
HIRAM dropped two NCAC contests last week, falling to Allegheny, 19-3, and Denison, 20-0. The Terriers close out their inaugural season with an overall record of 3-12, 0-8 in NCAC play.
OBERLIN dropped its final two games of the 2013 season falling, 21-5, against Wittenberg and 12-9 versus Wooster. The Yeowomen close out the year with an overall record of 4-11, 3-5 in NCAC play.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 0-2 record last week, falling to Wooster, 15-3, and Allegheny, 22-15. The Bishops end their 2013 season with a 2-6 record in NCAC play, 3-13 overall.
WITTENBERG remained unbeaten in NCAC action with a 21-5 victory over Oberlin at Edwards-Maurer Field on Wednesday, surpassing the 200-goal plateau for a fourth-straight season. Senior defender Katie Warner (Delaware, OH/Olentangy) controlled the game with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers, while sophomore Beth Hubbard (West Hartford, CT/Notre Dame de Scion, MO) topped the offense with four goals and junior Francine Murzysnki (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) stuffed the stats sheet with three goals, three assists, three ground balls and five draw controls.
Eliza Perry (Southport, CT/Proctor Academy) led WOOSTER in scoring with nine points on the week, highlighted by a one-goal, six-assist performance during a 12-9 victory over Oberlin that allowed them to secure the fourth spot in the NCAC Tournament.