The Denison University women’s lacrosse team (6-2, 13-4)
earned its eighth NCAC title after defeating Wittenberg (8-0,
14-3), 16-12, on Saturday, May 3rd, in the 2014 NCAC Women’s
Lacrosse Tournament championship game in Springfield, Ohio.
With the victory, the Big Red have earned the NCAC automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament and will travel to play Washington & Lee (16-2) on Saturday, May 10th in a second-round matchup. This is Denison’s 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and the program’s fourth berth since 2006. The winner of the Denison/W&L contest will take on either The College of New Jersey (17-1), Susquehanna (11-5), or Meredith (14-3) in the regionals on Saturday, May 17 at a site to be determined.
Denison defeated Allegheny (7-1, 15-2), 14-13, on Thursday to advance to the championship game. The Big Red leaned on junior Whitney Powel’s (Shaker Hts., OH/Westminster School, CT) two goals and four assists, including the game-winner with just 12 seconds to play to advance DU to the finals. In the championship game, Denison relied on its defense to hold off Wittenberg, holding the Tigers to their lowest point total of the year. The Big Red were represented on the all-tournament team by junior Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School), sophomore Rachel Pregel (Sewickley, PA/Sewickley Academy), freshman Claire Ludlow (Saugatuck, MI/East Grand Rapids) and Powel.
Wittenberg defeated fourth-seeded Wooster (5-3, 5-8), 19-11, in Wednesday’s semifinal contest to advance to its second NCAC Tournament Championship in three years. The Tigers were represented on the all-tournament team by senior Francine Murzynski (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic), junior Logan Warye (Maineville, OH/Kings), sophomores Carrie Kubasta (Medina, OH/Medina) and Katie Reuter (Cleveland, OH/Hathaway Brown).
Allegheny was represented on the all-tournament team by seniors Kellee Cribby (York, ME/York) and Kelly Dickson (Pittsburgh, PA/Vincentian Academy), while Wooster was represented by juniors Emily Turnbull (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/Grosse Pointe North) and Shelby Stone (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI/Grosse Pointe South).