Top-seeded Denison (13-5) topped second-seeded Wittenberg (13-4), 14-10, on Sunday afternoon at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio to earn its third-straight NCAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship. The Big Red have now won 10 NCAC Tournament titles all-time and have earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Div. III Tournament, which will mark DU's 18th appearance in the national tournament all-time and fifth in the last six years.
Wittenberg would score three of the first five goals in the second frame but Denison scored three-straight markers to end the game beginning with a goal from Leah Israel (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Cranbrook Kingswood) off an assist from Annie McMahon (Marblehead, MA/Governor's Academy) for the four point win.
Defensively, Denison successfully cleared 16 of their 19 opportunities, while Wittenberg was 13-for-19 in clear attempts. DU also held a 31-16 edge in ground balls.
Lash would finish the game with a game-high six goals and one assist to lead Wittenberg with seven total points.
Senior attack Lizzy Pellicane (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard) led Denison with three goals and one assist for four total points for the big Red.
Jackie Marrow, Allegheny
Jessie Thiessen, Allegheny
Heather Honn, Wooster
Isabel Perman, Wooster
Carrie Kubasta, Wittenberg
Olivia Lash, Wittenberg
Katie Reuter, Wittenberg
Gretchen Burkey, Wittenberg
Lizzy Pellicane, Denison
Grace Gavula, Denison
Carol Allen, Denison
Jane Goodspeed, Denison
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After holding a narrow 7-6 advantage after the first half of play, Denison stormed out of the gates strong in the second half by scoring 11-straight goals en route to capturing the 19-9 victory over Wooster in the semifinals of the 2016 NCAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Big Red will now advance to the championship game for the third year in a row where they will host Wittenberg on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in a re-match of the 2014 title bout that saw DU escape Springfield with a 16-12 victory.
The Big Red also opened the game fast as they built a 7-3 advantage in the first 20 minutes of action, thanks in part to a first-half hat trick from senior attack Lizzy Pellicane (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard). However, the Scots made it a contest over the final 10 minutes of the opening frame with three-straight goals, capped off by a score from senior midfielder Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) with 14 seconds left to make the score 7-6 at the half. It was all Big Red from that point on as they scored the first 11 goals of the second half and cruised into the title game with a 10-point victory over the Scots. Pellicane led all DU scorers in the game with six points on five goals and one assist, while senior Carol Allen (Nashville, TN/Ensworth) and junior Claire Ludlow (Saugatuck, MI/East Grand Rapids) also tallied hat tricks for the Big Red with three goals each. Hudson-Heck closed out her illustrious career at Wooster with a stellar performance as she led the Scots with five goals, three draw controls, two ground balls and one assist.
Second-seeded Wittenberg (6-2, 13-3) secured a 14-10 semifinal victory over third-seeded Allegheny (5-3, 9-9) on Wednesday night in Springfield, Ohio, and has advanced to the championship game of the NCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament for the second time in the last three years. Wittenberg junior Becca Joseph (Toledo, OH/St. Ursula) netted four first-half goals as the Tigers took a 9-4 lead into the half. Joseph added two more goals in the second half to go along with three assists on the night for a game-high nine points. Allegheny was led by senior Jackie Morrow (Ann Arbor, MI/Skyline) with five goals and an assist for six total points including scoring all of the visitors' tallies in the first half. Sophomore Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) and senior McKenzie Bell (Akron, OH/Walsh Jesuit) both registered a pair of goals in the loss. Allegheny outshot Wittenberg, 32-28 however, the Tigers held advantages in draw controls, 15-11. The Gators also held an edge on ground balls, 34-24. In goal, Wittenberg senior Katie Reuter (Cleveland, OH/Hathaway Brown) finished the game with 14 saves, while junior Kaelin Clogan (Pittsburgh, PA/Pine Richland High School) racked up eight total saves between the pipes for Allegheny.
After winning is league-leading 18th NCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship with a perfect 8-0 record against league foes, Denison has earned the top seed in the2016 NCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament, which begins with semifinal matchups on Wednesday night.
The Big Red (8-0) now entertain fourth-seeded Wooster (4-4) at 5:00 PM on Wednesday night, while second-seeded Wittenberg (6-2) welcomes third-seeded Allegheny (5-3) at 5:00 PM on the same day. The championship game will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round. However, if Denison hosts the championship game, it will be played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. due to the 2016 NCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The tournament winner receives the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Tournament.
Denison leads the way with 18 NCAC titles all-time (1985-1994, ‘96, 1999-’01, ‘06, ‘11-’12, '16), followed by Wooster with six (2002-04, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10), Oberlin with three (1995, ‘97-’98), Ohio Wesleyan (‘05, ‘08) and Wittenberg (‘14-’15) with two each and Kenyon (2013) and with one.