Heading into the final week of the regular season, Denison (11-3, 7-0) holds a one game lead over Oberlin (11-1, 5-1) 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 went 2-0 last week in NCAC play. On Tuesday, the Gators picked up a 15-8 win at Hiram. Christine McGrath (Pittsburgh, PA/Hampton High School) led the Gators with four goals while Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) had four assists. The Gators wrapped up the week with a 10-9 win at Kenyon. Piper added four goals and Maddie Olson (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) provided the game-winner with just over a minute to play.
DENISON assured themselves at least a share of the 2017 NCAC Championship with its 18-4 win at Ohio Wesleyan. Denison is 7-0 in conference play. A win over Kenyon on Wednesday will clinch the outright title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
DEPAUW enters the final week needing two wins to top the program record for wins in a season and one to finish with the first winning season in program history.
HIRAM went 0-2 last week against Allegheny and Wittenberg. The Terriers dropped a 15-8 decision against the Gators, before falling 20-7 against the Tigers.
KENYON split a pair of home conference contests last week. Tuesday was an 18-4 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Saturday, Allegheny scored a late goal and held off Kenyon, 10-9. In those two games combined, sophomore Lucy Somers (Westwood, MA/Westwood) had five goals and four assists, while senior Allie McLane (South Hamilton, MA/St. George’s) tallied seven goals.
OBERLIN knocked off Wittenberg, 16-7, on Tuesday in the Yeowomen’s lone contest last week to improve to 6-1 in conference play. Senior goalie Alexa L’Insalata (Plainsboro Township, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) made a season-high 16 saves in the victory.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Kenyon on Tuesday and Denison on Saturday. Sophomore Sloane Baumgartner (Naperville, IL/St. Francis) finished the week with two goals and two assists to lead the Bishops.
WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Oberlin on Tuesday and defeating Hiram on Saturday, 20-7. Freshman Gabrielle Zysik (Perrsyburg, OH/Perrysburg) led the Tigers on the week with three goals and one assist.
WOOSTER moved into a three-way tie for fourth-place in the NCAC standings with Saturday’s 22-8 win over DePauw. Senior Heather Szymanski (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham Wading River) matched her career-high with seven goals in the win. Three Scots had at least five points in the game in sophomore Laura Papp (Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern), sophomore Jordan Stone (Ashland, MA/Ashland) and Szymanski. Wooster’s upcoming schedule features a Wednesday evening tilt at Allegheny, a team currently tied with Wooster for fourth-place in the league standings.