Wittenberg (7-0, 11-2) knocked off Denison (4-2, 9-4), 15-14, on Friday in a key NCAC contest to remain atop the league standings heading into the final full week of regular season action. The win guarantees the Tigers a spot in the NCAC Tournament set for the first weekend of May and a share of their first-ever NCAC Championship. Women’s lacrosse action returns this week with four games scheduled Wednesday and four more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY clinched the best record in program history with Saturday’s 15-10 win over DePauw, as the Gators improved their record on the season to 13-1, while increasing their conference mark to 5-1. Junior Kelsey Rodgers (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood Regional) and sophomore Gusty Mead (Columbia, MD/Howard) tied with a team-high three goals each as eight different Gators found the back of the net. Freshman goalie Kaelin Clogan (Pittsburgh, PA/Pine Richland High School) set the tone for the week with a 13-save performance in Allegheny’s 15-9 win over Oberlin on April 15.
DENISON went 1-1 on the week after a win over Wooster and a one-goal loss to first-place Wittenberg in Springfield. Senior Lauren Adams (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) led DU on the week with four goals and three assists. Whitney Powel (Shaker Heights, OH/Westminster School (CT)) finished with five goals, five ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers. Junior attack Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School) posted 17 draw control wins. She needs only three assists to become just the fourth player in NCAC history to record 100 goals and 100 assists in her career.
Despite losing to Allegheny on Saturday, DEPAUW outscored the Gators, 7-3, in the second half. Carey Kunz (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) led the Tigers with six goals and nine draw controls during the week. Liz Hawkins (Louisville, KY/Ballard) turned away 27 shots in the two games.
KENYON senior Kate Lang (Denver, CO/Kent Denver), who had a team-high three goals on Saturday, scored twice in a game-opening rush that gave the Ladies a quick 3-0 lead over Wooster. Kenyon was unable to keep that pace, however, and the host Fighting Scots took control en route to a 17-9 win.
HIRAM went 0-2 last week, falling to a pair of NCAC foes, first to Ohio Wesleyan by a score of 16-5 before dropping an 11-3 decision to Oberlin on Saturday. Freshman midfielder Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Lamoille Union) led Hiram on the week by scoring two goals on three shots, to go along with an assist, caused turnover and ground ball.
OBERLIN fell to Allegheny, 15-9, midweek, but regrouped to defeat Hiram, 11-3, on Saturday. Sophomore Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) netted a hat trick in each game to run her team-leading goal total to 41 on the season.
OHIO WESLEYAN picked up a pair of wins last week, knocking off conference opponent Hiram, 16-4, before an 18-8 non-conference win against Washington & Jefferson. Senior midfielder Cate Bailey (Hingham, MA/Hingham) led the Bishops with six goals and two assists on the week. The Bishops’ eight wins to this point in the year are tied for the most since the 2010 season when OWU won 10 contests.
WITTENBERG clinched at least a share of its first NCAC championship with a pair of home victories last week, starting with a 25-12 win over DePauw in which senior Francine Murzynski (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) scored five goals and had two assists, to go along with four ground balls and seven draw controls. Then, the Tigers clinched the title share with a 15-14 win over Denison, in which Murzynski posted 10 draw controls with one goal, one assist and two caused turnovers, while sophomore Carrie Kubasta (Medina, OH/Medina) scored twice and assisted twice with five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers.
WOOSTER sophomore Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) continued her strong play of late, equaling a career-high with six goals in the close loss at Denison, then netting two and assisting on another score during Wooster’s 17-9 win over Kenyon that kept the Fighting Scots in the hunt for a spot in the NCAC tourney. In addition to her scoring, she played a vital role in other areas of the game with a career-best five caused turnovers as well as a season-high six groundballs (one short of a personal best) in the Denison game and a career-high seven draw controls in the Kenyon game.