Heading into the final week of the regular season, Denison (9-5, 6-0) holds a two game lead over Wittenberg (10-3, 4-2), Oberlin (10-5, 4-2) and Allegheny (8-7, 4-2), but the seeding for the NCAC Tournament remains completely up for grabs. North Coast action continues this week with four games on Wednesday and the league schedule concludes with four more games on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY split a pair of NCAC matchups last week, defeating Hiram, 14-2, before falling to Kenyon on Senior Day, 16-14. The Gators featured 10 different goal scorers against the Terriers and almost climbed out of a 14-5 deficit against the Ladies. In the victory over Hiram, Kaelin Clogan (Pittsburgh, PA/Pine Richland High School) became the program’s all-time wins leader with her 27th. Clogan moved ahead of Lesley Strange, who collected 26 victories from 2005-08.
DENISON improved to 6-0 in the NCAC after wins over Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan last week. DU needs only one win next week to clinch the program’s 18th NCAC Championship. Senior Carol Allen (Nashville, TN/Ensworth) ran her career goal total to 139, ranking her fourth in program history. Allen scored six goals last week. Denison was led in scoring by Claudia Rafi (Mason, OH/Ursuline Academy) who finished with eight goals and one assist. Grace Gavula (Glenview, IL/Loyola Academy) led the defense with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers.
DEPAUW split its two games last weekend. Nicole Gibson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) scored five goals for the week on just seven shots, while Liz Hawkins (Louisville, KY/Ballard) led with seven ground balls and totaled 14 saves. The Tigers have already matched their best single-season NCAC win total with three.
HIRAM fell in three conference matchups last week at Allegheny and Wittenberg and also at home to Oberlin. Junior Autum Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Lamoille Union) continued her record-breaking season, scoring five more goals to bring her season total up to 42 scores.
KENYON sophomore Kat Englert (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) scored 14 goals in two games and led the Ladies to a split of two conference games last week. Englert scored six goals at home in a 14-13 loss to Denison on Tuesday. She then poured in eight more goals Saturday in a 16-14 win at Allegheny.
OBERLIN posted a pair of victories last week, defeating Hiram, before knocking off non-conference foe Ursuline on Saturday. Senior Grace Barlow (Elm Grove, WI/Brookfield East) was the top point-getter over the week, tallying 10 points on five goals and five assist, while eight different Yeowomen found the back of the net against the Terriers.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to DePauw on Tuesday and Denison on Saturday. Freshman Kelly Coffyn (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge) made 11 saves in the two games combined in net for the Bishops, while Taylor Weis (CSylvania, OH/Northview) scored in both games, collecting three total on the week.
WITTENBERG defeated Hiram, 20-3, in its lone contest of the week to improve to 10-3 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Senior Olivia Lash (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) scored five goals for the third straight game, also adding three assists to push her point total to eight on the day.
WOOSTER remains in contention for a postseason berth due to its 9-6 win at DePauw on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Scots rolled past Franciscan, 20-5. Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) led the way with nine goals and three assists for 12 total points on the week.