The Denison University women’s lacrosse team (6-2, 11-6) earned its ninth NCAC title after defeating Oberlin (4-4, 11-6), 14-7, on Saturday, May 2nd, in the 2015 NCAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament championship game in Granville, Ohio.
With the victory, the Big Red have earned the NCAC automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Div. III Tournament and will travel to play Fredonia (15-3) on Sunday, May 10th in a second-round matchup. This is Denison’s 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and the program’s fourth berth in the last five years. The winner of the Denison/Fredonia contest will take on the winner of Sewanee: The University of the South (17-1) and Washington & Lee (15-2) in the third-round on Saturday, May 16 at a site to be determined.
Denison defeated Wooster (7-1, 13-4), 14-11, on Wednesday to advance to the championship game. The Big Red leaned on junior Lizzy Pellicane’s (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard) five goals and one assist to advance DU to the finals. In the championship game, tied at 1-1 with 20:43 left in the first, Denison scored three-straight goals capped off by an unassisted goal from Claire Ludlow (Saugatuck, MI/East Grand Rapids) at the 7:13 mark to take a 4-1 advantage. Ludlow would add another before half, her second of the frame, as the Big Red took an 8-3 lead into the break.
Oberlin opened the second period of play with back-to-back goals, the second scored by Sydney Garvis (Lexington, VA/Rockbridge County) off an assist from Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) with 11:46 remaining to cut the Denison lead to three but the Yeowomen were unable to get any closer.
Defensively, Denison successfully cleared 19 of their 20 opportunities, while Oberlin was 20-for-28 in clear attempts. DU also held a 22-20 edge in ground balls. The Big Red were represented on the all-tournament team by Becca Jones (Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Acad.), Kelsey Wright (Richmond, VA/The Steward School), Melissa Weinsz (North Canton, OH/Green) and Whitney Powel (Shaker Hts., OH/Westminster School, CT.
Oberlin defeated top-seeded Wittenberg (8-0, 11-4), 13-9, in the semifinals to advance to its first NCAC Tournament Championship in 15 years. The Yeowomen were represented on the all-tournament team by Kate Hanick (Kennett Square, PA/Kennett), Marissa Maxfield (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg), Alexa L’Insalata (Plainsboro Township, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) and Barlow.
Wittenberg was represented on the all-tournament team by Logan Warye (Maineville, OH/Kings) and Olivia Lash (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights), while Wooster was represented by Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) and Molly Sennett (Rochester, NY/Brighton).