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NCAC Weekly Release (4-3-17) - Women's Lacrosse

Denison's Becca Jones
Denison's Becca Jones

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Oberlin (1-0, 7-0) and Denison (2-0, 6-4) improved to 2-0 in league play after earning conference victories against Ohio Wesleyan (1-1, 4-5) and Wittenberg (1-1, 7-4), respectively. NCAC play continues this week, highlighted by the Big Red traveling to Oberlin for a first-place battle.  

ALLEGHENY went 0-2 last week. In the Gators OT loss at home against John Carroll, Maddie Olson (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) had six goals and one assist. At Buffalo State, Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) led the Gators with five goals. Her fourth goal of the game marked the 100th of her career.

DENISON finished 2-0 last week, highlighted by a 19-13 shootout against NCAC foe Wittenberg. Big Red found themselves down 8-7 at halftime but a 12-5 advantage in the last 30 minutes proppeled Denison. Claire Ludlow (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) scored a team-high seven goals and had a team-high nine points.

At 5-2, DEPAUW has equaled its best start since the program’s first season in 2013. Nicole Gibson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) tied the school record with six assists in the win over Birmingham-Southern and Taylor Summers (Cambridge, MD/Staints Peter and Paul) equaled that in Saturday’s win over Hiram.

HIRAM went 1-1 last with week, with a third game against Ursuline postponed at the half due to weather. The Terriers first defeated Ohio Northern, 13-12, in overtime. Hiram erased a two-goal deficit to force the OT period, before Sierah Ray (Tallmadge, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) notched the game-winner on an assist by Autumn Osgood (Hyde Park, VT/Lamoille Union). Osgood finished the game with eight points, tallying seven goals and an assist. Hiram then dropped a 25-4 decision to DePauw in NCAC action. Osgood, who already holds the Hiram school record for points in a season, has now totaled 50 through just seven games on the season.

KENYON had a tough week, falling in both contests. Against Capital, Kenyon rallied from a six-goal deficit and tied the game at 10 before falling, 11-10. In their NCAC opener against Wooster, the Ladies watched as the Fighting Scots drove in the final 21 seconds and scored a free-position goal to win 14-13.

After having its non-conference game against Mount Union cancelled due to weather, OBERLIN went on to beat Ohio Wesleyan, 17-2, in its lone match of the week. Junior Sydney Garvis (Lexington, VA/Rockbridge County) led the scoring barrage with five goals, while senior Sara Phister (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) posted seven points with four scores and three assists.

OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of contests last week, knocking off Heidelberg on Wednesday, before falling to Oberlin on Saturday in NCAC play. Freshman midfielder Sloane Baumgartner (Naperville, IL/St. Francis) finished with six goals and five assists on the week to lead the Bishops.

WITTENBERG dropped its lone contests last week, falling to Denison, 19-13. Freshman Rachel Bernard (Kings Mill, OH/Kings) led the way in the loss for the Tigers with two goals and two assists.

WOOSTER freshman Jenny Grossman (Dayton, OH/Miami Valley School) connected on a free-position goal with two seconds remaining to lift Wooster to a 14-13 win over Kenyon on Saturday. The Scots trailed 13-11 with 9:07 remaining against the Ladies and scored three straight goals to close out the game, including a pair from sophomore Laura Papp (Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern). Sophomore Emma Lawrence (Wilbraham, MA/Williston-Northhampton) finished with eight caused turnovers in the game, a total tied for the sixth-most in Div. III this year.