Wooster (1-0, 7-0), Wittenberg (1-0, 6-1) and Oberlin (1-0, 5-3) each earned their first NCAC win last week and sit tied atop the NCAC Women’s Lacrosse standings. League action continues this week as Denison (0-0, 3-4) is scheduled to open up NCAC play at home versus Wittenberg on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY split a pair of non-conference contests last week during its trip to Florida, defeating Birmingham-So., 12-3, before falling to St. Lawrence on Wednesday. Senior McKenzie Bell (Akron, OH/Walsh Jesuit) broke the program record for career points against St. Lawrence, tallying the 301st point in blue and gold on a second-half assist. Her mark surpasses the previous record of 300, set by Jensen Paterson from 2008-11.
DENISON improved to 3-4 with a 19-2 win over Alma on Wednesday. Denison got hat tricks from Claire Ludlow (Saugatuck, MI/East Grand Rapids), Claudia Rafi (Mason, OH/Ursuline Academy) and Leah Isreal (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Cranbrook Kingswood) in the win. Isreal led the team in points with five (3 goals, 2 assists). Emily Sonneborn (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) had four ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls. DU will open NCAC play this Saturday at Wittenberg.
DEPAUW dropped three contests last week to fall to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play after falling to Oberlin, 13-8, in the team’s NCAC opener on Saturday. Emma Flynn (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) leads the Tigers with 14 goals and 15 points, while Nicole Gibson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) has a team-high eight assists. During last week’s three games, Flynn totaled five goals.
HIRAM split a pair of contests last week. The Terriers topped Thiel in a thriller, 13-12, for a program record third consecutive win. Junior Kayla Jenkins (Solon, OH/Solon), junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Par, VT/Lamoille Union) and sophomore Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) all tallied hat tricks for the Terriers. Hiram then fell to Wooster, 21-3, in its NCAC opener on Saturday, with the same trio scoring one goal.
KENYON picked up a 9-7 win Wednesday over previously unbeaten Capital. Freshman Cassie Hudson-Heck (Median, OH/Medina) had a team-high three goals in that game. Saturday, the Ladies returned home, but dropped a 13-12 decision to Wittenberg in the conference opener for both teams. Sophomore Kat Englert (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) led the Ladies by scoring four goals and tallying one assist against the Tigers.
OBERLIN turned in a 2-1 record last week during spring break play. The Yeowomen opened the week with a 15-7 win over SUNY-New Paltz, before dropping a 9-8 heartbreaker to Rhodes. However, the Yeowomen concluded the week on a high note, winning their NCAC opener at DePauw, 13-8. Senior Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) scored 13 goals and added an assist over the three matches to increase her team-leading points total to 38.
OHIO WESLEYAN defeated Muskingum, 17-10, last Wednesday in the Bishops lone contest last week to improve to 5-3 overall. Senior midfielder Taylor Weis (Sylvania, OH/Northview) scored a team-high five goals, while Sofia Corrao (Cincinnati, OH/Kings) finished with four goals and three assists. Freshman Kelly Coffyn (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge) recorded two saves during the first half, and junior Natalie Reddy (South Salem, NY/John Jay) made three saves during second in net for OWU.
WITTENBERG improved to 6-1 overall after defeating Urbana last Monday and opened up NCAC play with an impressive 13-12 victory against Kenyon on Saturday. Junior attacker Becca Joseph (Toledo, OH/St. Ursula) led the Tigers last week with eight goals and four assists, including a five goal, two assist effort in the win over Kenyon.
WOOSTER ran its season-opening win streak to seven with victories over NCAA Div. II Ursuline, 16-5, and Hiram, 21-3. The 7-0 start is the program’s best since the 1975 team went undefeated (9-0). Heather Szymanski (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham Wading River) recorded the sixth and seventh hat tricks of her career with three goals against Ursuline and seven against Hiram. The seven-goal explosion was not only a career high, but just one off the school record. She notched a hat trick within the opening 12 minutes of the Hiram game and had scored five goals and assisted on another by halftime, propelling Wooster to a 15-1 lead.