Wittenberg (2-0, 5-1) extended its NCAC regular season winning streak to 24 after defeating Denison (0-1, 3-5), 18-17, in overtime. Oberlin (1-0, 7-1) is off to its best start at 7-1 since an 8-0 start in 2012, after concluding its spring break trip with a perfect 3-0 record. NCAC play continues this week with Ohio Wesleyan (0-0, 3-5) and Allegheny (0-0, 3-4) both scheduled to open up the league portions of their schedules.
ALLEGHENY went 1-1 over the weekend, opening the 2015 home campaign with a 17-10 loss to Mount Union, who entered the contest receiving votes in the most recent IWLCA Division III Top 25 poll, before upending Albion, 13-4, to snap a three-game skid on Sunday. First year Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) and sophomore Alexa Maloney (Philadelphia, PA/Methacton High School) each netted three goals, as the Gator defense forced 31 Albion turnovers, holding the Britons to 8-of-22 in clear attempts.
DENISON suffered a pair of one-goal losses against visiting Augustana on Thursday and Wittenberg on Saturday. In the overtime contest with Wittenberg, Denison rallied from a five-goal deficit over the final 10 minutes of the second half. Erin Keller (Sewickley, PA/Sewickley Academy) scored five goals while controlling six draws. For the week, she scored eight goals and had nine draw controls.
DEPAUW went 2-1 last week, including wins over Berry and Hiram as the Tigers outscored their opponents, 49-31. DePauw also picked up its first NCAC win of the season. With the win over Hiram the Tigers equaled the record of four set by the 2013 team. Emily Denny (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) led the Tigers with nine goals in the three games, while Elizabeth McCracken (Cincinnati, OH/Mariemont) had 16 points on seven goals and nine assists.
KENYON dropped a pair of contests last week, including a tough 14-13 double-overtime loss against NCAC-foe Wooster. The Ladies are now 5-3 on the season and return to action this Saturday as they host Allegheny.
HIRAM split a pair of contests last week. On Thursday, Hiram picked up an overtime win over Linfield,12-10. Sophomore Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Lamoille Union) broke the single game school record by scoring six goals. Hiram fell on Saturday at DePauw, 16-1. Osgood added another goal in the contest.
OBERLIN had a perfect 3-0 week in the Pacific Northwest, downing Puget Sound, 13-8, George Fox, 11-8, and Pacific, 11-4. Sophomore goalie Alexa L’Insalata (Plainsboro Township, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) made 35 saves over the three wins, while six different players scored five or more goals, with Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) leading the way with eight.
Junior attacker Meghan Doherty (Hingham, MA/Hingham) scored a pair of goals as OHIO WESLEYAN opened the game with a 5-0 run and went on to post a non-conference win over Transylvania. Doherty, sophomore midfielder Haley Savoie (San Diego, CA/Del Norte), junior midfielder Caroline Bonee (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) and sophomore attacker Mia Minguela (Silver Spring, MD/Wheaton) scored two goals apiece for the Bishops. Senior Jordan Bernstein (Charlotte, NC/Providence) went the distance in the Ohio Wesleyan goal, finishing with 12 saves.
WITTENBERG clung to a four-game winning streak with a heart-stopping 18-17 overtime win at Denison after also topping Kenyon, 19-9, last week. The Big Red nearly ended Wittenberg’s regular season NCAC winning streak, which now stands at 24 games, but senior Logan Warye (Maineville, OH/Kings) was there with four goals and two assists, including the game-winning tally with 1:10 left in overtime. Warye not only preserved the streak, but broke the school record for career points, of which she now has 223. Even with that under her belt, her week was rivaled by sophomore Becca Joseph (Toledo, OH/St. Ursula), who scored six goals with one assist against Denison to lead the team and finished the week with team-bests of 11 goals and 14 points with three assists.
WOOSTER scored a 14-13 comeback victory in OT at Kenyon, as the Scots once trailed 12-8, then they cruised past Franciscan, 21-2. Senior Shelby Stone (Grosse Pointe Park, MI/Grosse Pointe Park South), who totaled 11 points on the week, rallied Wooster to the win at Kenyon. After the Scots trailed 12-8, she scored two of their last five goals of regulation plus assisted another, and then accounted for the game-winning goal during the extra session. Overall, Stone netted five goals in the Kenyon game, followed by two goals and three assists, all within the opening 14 minutes against Franciscan.