North Coast women’s lacrosse action continued last week as Allegheny (2-0, 6-5) and Denison (2-0, 5-5) sit a top the league standings. Conference play continues this week, with three games scheduled Tuesday, four on Saturday and one more on Sunday.
ALLEGHENY moved to 2-0 in the NCAC with victories at Wooster and against Wittenberg last week. The Gators received a walk-off winner in overtime from Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) against the Fighting Scots, and never trailed in their win over the Tigers. Allegheny’s 14-10 victory over Wittenberg this past Saturday gave the Tigers just their second regular-season loss in league play since 2011. Junior goalkeeper Kaelin Clogan (Pittsburgh, PA/Pine Richland High School) now sits one win shy of tying the program record of 26, set by Lesley Strange (2005-08).
DENISON went 1-1 last week, suffering a one-goal loss to Mount Union before upending Oberlin by a goal in overtime. Claire Ludlow (Saugatuck, MI/East Grand Rapids) enjoyed one of the best two-game stretches of her career after scoring nine goals on just 12 shots. She also led DU with 14 draw controls and five ground balls. Ludlow’s interception in overtime led directly to Denison’s victory over Oberlin. Denison will host Wooster on Wednesday before travelling to Hiram on Saturday.
Emma Flynn (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) scored twice and Maryclaire Heldring (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) assisted two times in DEPAUW'S loss at Kenyon. Flynn leads the Tigers with 21 goals, while Nicole Gibson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) leads the team with 11 assists.
HIRAM dropped its lone contest of the week to Franciscan by a 12-7 score on Wednesday. Five players registered at least one goal in the contest, led by three from junior Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Lamoille Union).
KENYON got an eight-point game from sophomore Kat Englert (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) Saturday and rolled to an 18-5 home win over DePauw. Englert’s point total included a game-high seven goals and one assist.
OBERLIN split a pair of NCAC matches last week, taking down Ohio Wesleyan in a midweek showdown, before suffering its first conference defeat in an overtime thriller at Denison on Saturday afternoon. Against the Bishops, Natalue Rauchle (Edina, MN/Edina) led the Oberlin charge with three goals and two assists to finish with a game-high five points. Rauchle scooped up four ground balls and three draw controls in the win, while first-year Haylay Drapkin (Boulder, CO/Boulder) was one of five Yeowomen to finish with two goals against the Bishops.
OHIO WESLEYAN defeated Wooster for the first time since 2008 to improve to 1-1 in conference play on the year in the Bishops lone contest of the week. Senior midfielder Taylor Weis (Sylvania, OH/Northview) led the Bishops with three goals, followed by freshman attacker Sofia Corrao (Cincinnati, OH/Kings) with two goals and two assists. Freshmen Kelly Coffyn (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge) went the distance in the Ohio Wesleyan crease and recorded 11 saves.
WITTENBERG dropped its lone contest last week, 14-10, against Allegheny. In the loss, Becca Joseph (Toledo, OH/St. Ursula) scored five goals and recorded two assists for seven total points.
WOOSTER lost its first two NCAC games of the season, dropping a 16-15 heartbreaker in overtime to Allegheny and then being upended, 9-6, by Ohio Wesleyan. Heather Szymanski (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham Wading River) continued her strong play by scoring a pair of goals in each game last week.