Heading into the final week of the regular season, Wooster (7-0, 13-2) and Wittenberg (6-0, 9-3) have claimed the top two spots in the NCAC Tournament, scheduled for the first weekend in May. The Scots and Tigers will square-off Wednesday in Springfield with the winner earning the top seed and at least a share of the NCAC Championship.
ALLEGHENY junior Kelsey Rodgers (Wolfeboro, NH/Kingswood Regional) became the second highest scorer in program history as the Gators went 0-2 in the penultimate week of the season. The Gators dropped an 18-13 decision to Wooster at home on Tuesday, before falling, 19-8, to Wittenberg on Saturday. The second Gator to surpass 200 career goals, Rodgers netted four tallies on Tuesday against the Fighting Scots, as junior Jackie Morrow (Ann Arbor, MI/Skyline) picked up a team-high five goals.
DENISON picked up conference wins over Kenyon and Oberlin last week to improve to 4-2 in the league. Whitney Powel (Shaker Heights, OH/Westminster School (CT)) led the team in points with one goal and 10 assists in the two contests.
DEPAUW split its two games to move to 6-8, which is two more wins than its first season in 2013. Sophomore goalie Liz Hawkins (Louisville, KY/Ballard) recorded 16 saves in the 14-13 win over Ohio Wesleyan, including one with 46 seconds left to preserve the victory.
KENYON split a pair of conference road contests last week. Tuesday, the Ladies traveled to Granville and suffered a 14-9 loss to Denison. Saturday, the Ladies bounced back with 17-10 victory at DePauw. Junior Jane Symmes (Concord, NH/Concord) fired in nine goals in the two games, while freshman Kat Englert (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) tacked on six.
HIRAM dropped a conference contest at Oberlin, 20-5, on Thursday, but rebounded with a 13-11 win at Hilbert on Saturday. The victory over Hilbert gave the Terriers a program record fourth win of the season. Sophomore Autumn Osgood (Fairfax, VT/Lamoille Union) scored four goals against Hilbert, giving her 25 goals this season, which has tied the school record. Junior Rebecca Goetz (Lake View, NY/Frontier) and freshman Alyse Gillentine (Hartville, OH/Lake) each added hat tricks in the win at Hilbert.
OBERLIN dropped Hiram, 20-5, on Thursday, before stumbling on Saturday with a 15-8 loss to Denison. Against the Terriers, junior Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) finished with a hat trick performance. She also added a career-high four assists to finish with seven points. The trio of Barlow, Maggie Mullard (Boxford, MA/Phillips Exeter Academy) and Natalie Rauchle (Edina, MN/Edina) finished with a hat-trick while Suzanna Doak (Portland, OR/St. Mary’s Academy) cashed in on a four-goal day, tying a season - and career-high to lead Oberlin. Doak went on to lead Oberlin offensively with a first-half hat trick in the loss to Denison. The Yeowomen conclude the 2015 season by hosting Allegheny on Wednesday and traveling to Kenyon on Saturday.
OHIO WESLEYAN fell in a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to DePauw on Wednesday and Wooster on Saturday. The Bishops will close out the regular season on Saturday as they host Wittenberg.
WITTENBERG picked up an 18-9 victory over Allegheny on Saturday in the only action of the week for the Tigers. Senior Logan Warye (Maineville, OH/Kings) exploded for six goals and two assists, adding five ground balls, nine draw controls and three caused turnovers while celebrating her own Senior Day and extending her own career scoring record for the Tigers.
After beating Allegheny 18-13 and Ohio Wesleyan 16-6, WOOSTER will attempt to win its first NCAC title since 2010 at Wittenberg on Wednesday night. The Scots also ran past NCAA Div. II Ursuline, 20-11, last week. Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) had a hat trick in each game with four goals against Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan, as well as three in the Ursuline game. That raises her season total to a career-high 48, and she also contributed significantly in other areas with nine draw controls, seven groundballs, and six caused turnovers.