North Coast women’s lacrosse action continued last week as Wittenberg (5-0, 9-2) extended its regular season conference-winning streak to 27 with wins over Oberlin (2-2, 8-3) and DePauw (1-3, 5-7). Wooster (5-0, 10-2) extended the conference’s current longest winning streak to eight to keep pace with Wittenberg at the top of the league standings. Conference play continues this week, with three games scheduled Tuesday, one on Thursday and four more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY went 2-1 last week, reestablishing themselves in the NCAC standings with an 18-4 win over Hiram on Tuesday, before bouncing back from a 21-9 setback to Denison on April 11th with a 14-10 decision over Ohio Wesleyan the following day. Junior McKenzie Bell (Akron, OH/Walsh Jesuit) finished the week with seven goals and 10 assists for a team-leading 17 points, as first year Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) recorded 11 goals over the two games.
DENISON went 1-1 last week, posting a 21-9 road win over Allegheny after suffering a 13-12 loss to Wooster on Wednesday. The Big Red outscored Wooster, 8-4, in the second half, nearly completing an improbable comeback. DU has four conference games remaining on its schedule and three of those are at home.
DEPAUW moved to 5-7 on the season after dropping a pair of games last week. Carey Kunz (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) led the Tigers in goals with six and total points (6).
KENYON played just one game last week and chalked up a 13-10 home win over Ohio Wesleyan. Both Kat Englert (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) and Jane Symmes (Concord, NH/Concord) notched five-point games for the Ladies, while Allie McLane (South Hamilton, MA/St. George’s) tallied four points in the win.
HIRAM fell in a pair of conference matchups last week. The Terriers dropped a home contest to Allegheny on Wednesday and fell to Ohio Wesleyan on Friday. Junior JoLyn Grover (Flint, MI/Grand Blanc) and sophomore Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Bellows Free Academy) each scored twice last week.
OBERLIN dropped two heartbreakers to NCAC opponents, falling to Wittenberg on Tuesday, 17-16, in overtime and Wooster on Saturday, 12-11. Against the Tigers, Oberlin’s Sara Phister (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) led all-scorers with six goals in the loss. Oberlin’s leading scorer, Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) also netted five in Springfield. On Saturday against the Scots, both Phister and Barlow netted three scores but the Yeowomen were edged out with a late goal from Wooster’s Shelly Stone at the 1:26 mark. Oberlin goalkeeper Alexa L’Insalata (Plainsboro Township, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) combined for 26 saves over the course of the week.
OHIO WESLEYAN closed out a busy week of three conference contests with a 1-2 record, picking up a victory over Hiram, 19-1, on Wednesday. In the win over the Terriers, junior Taylor Weis (Sylvania, OH/Northview) collected five goals and two assists. On the week, Weis led all Bishops with 11 goals and three assists.
WITTENBERG went 2-1 on the week, following conference victories over Oberlin, 17-16, in overtime and DePauw, 16-9, with a non-league loss to Augustana in the middle. Sophomore Becca Joseph (Toledo, OH/St. Ursula) scored the overtime game-winning goal against Oberlin, and finished the week with 15 goals and eight assists, including both game-winning scores.
WOOSTER won a pair of one-goal games over conference foes Denison, 13-12, and Oberlin, 12-11, to remain perfect in the NCAC. Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) played a key role in the victory over Denison with a hat trick plus a game-high seven draw controls, then she matched a season high with five goals against Oberlin, four coming in the first half and the fifth tying the game at 10.