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NCAC Weekly Release (3-31-14) - Women's Lacrosse

NCAC Weekly Release (3-31-14) - Women's Lacrosse

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Allegheny (1-0, 9-0), Oberlin (1-0, 5-0), Wittenberg (1-0, 4-2) and DePauw (1-0, 2-4) each earned their first NCAC win last week and sit tied atop the NCAC Women’s Lacrosse standings. League action continues this week as Wooster (0-0, 0-3) is scheduled to open up NCAC play at home versus Allegheny on Tuesday.

ALLEGHENY remained unbeaten, completing non-conference play and racking up its first conference win of the season, with a pair of victories over Saint Vincent and Denison. A career-high four goals from freshman Alexa Steiber  (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights High School) helped usher the Gators past the Bearcats, 20-14. Against Denison, junior Kelsey Rodgers (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood Regional) picked up a season-high eight goals to help the Gators past the Big Red, 14-12, on the road on Saturday. Kelly Dickson (Pittsburgh, PA/Vincentian Academy) tallied the game winner with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.

DENISON suffered a 14-12 setback in its NCAC-opener to Allegheny on a rainy Saturday in Granville. Sophomore Carol Allen (Nashville, TN/Ensworth) and junior Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School) led the Big Red with four points each. Allen had three goals and an assist, while Chapman scored twice and dished out two helpers.  Chapman had a game-high eight draw controls, while Erin Keller (Sewickley, PA/Sewickley Academy) forced three turnovers and collected four ground balls. Sophomore goalie Laura Van Horn (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) made five stops in net for DU.

Following a three-game trip to California, DEPAUW returned to open NCAC play with a 16-6 win at Hiram in a contest suspended with 12 minutes left due to weather. Elizabeth McCracken (Cincinnati, OH/Mariemont) and Emilye Denny (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) led the Tigers with eight goals apiece.

KENYON began the week with a 10-7 non-conference win over Otterbein. It was a game in which senior Alex Bair (Darien, CT/Darien) scored four times, while junior Caroline Shipman (Harrison, NY/Ursuline School) racked up three goals and two assists. Two days later, Bair tallied two more goals and an assist, but the Ladies dropped their NCAC-opening game at Oberlin, 14-6.

HIRAM posted a 1-2 record last week, picking up an 11-8 win over Olivet in which the Terriers scored the final five goals of the contest. Sophomore midfielder JoLyn Grover (Grand Blanc, MI/Grand Blanc) led Hiram on the week with nine goals on 19 shots, including scoring the game-winner over Olivet.

OBERLIN ran its record to 5-0 by defeating Kenyon, 14-6, in the league opener for both teams. The victory marked the Yeowomen’s first win against the Ladies since April 27, 2002. Sophomores Suzanna Doak (Portland, OR/Riverdale) and Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) each had four goals in the win, while first-year goalie Alexa L’Insalata (Plainsboro Township, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) made 13 saves in the win.

OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of contests last week, first falling to Mount Union, 15-6, before losing its NCAC-opener, 15-3, against Wittenberg. Senior midfielder Cate Bailey (Hingham, MA/Hingham) led the way for the Bishops scoring four goals and adding two assists for six total points on the week.

WITTENBERG dropped a non-conference tilt, 14-13, to Mount Union in double overtime, before opening the conference slate with a 15-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Four different Tigers tallied a hat trick in the win, including Francine Murzynski (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic), who also notched an assist, picked up five ground balls and won 10 draw controls to go along with two caused turnovers.

WOOSTER sophomore Abby Szlachta (Highlands Ranch, CO/Rock Canyon) registered a hat trick, with two of her scores coming during a 4-1 run early in the second half that brought the Fighting Scots within on goal of Saint Vincent before the eventual 13-9 setback.