After winning its league-leading 19th NCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship with its second-straight perfect 8-0 regular season record against league foes, Denison has earned the top seed in the 2017 NCAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which begins with semifinal matchups on Wednesday (5/3) night.
The Big Red (8-0) now entertain fourth-seeded Wittenberg (5-3) on Wednesday night, while second-seeded Oberlin (7-1) welcomes third-seeded Allegheny (5-3) on the same day. The championship game will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round. The tournament winner receives the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Tournament.
Denison leads the way with 19 NCAC titles all-time (1985-1994, ‘96, 1999-’01, ‘06, ‘11-’12, ‘16-’17), followed by Wooster with six (2002-04, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10), Oberlin with three (1995, ‘97-’98), Ohio Wesleyan (‘05, ‘08) and Wittenberg (‘14-’15) with two each and Kenyon (2013) and with one.
ALLEGHENY wrapped up the third seed for the NCAC Championships with a pair of wins last week. In their first game of the week, the Gators outlasted Wooster as they won 19-18 in OT. Shelby Piper (Littleton, CO/Chatfield) scored eight goals and assisted on four more. Her 12 total points tied a Gator single game record. In their regular season finale, the offense shined as they defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 19-2. Alexa Maloney (Philadelphia, PA/Methacton) led the Gators with four goals. Her final goal marked the 100th point of her career.
DENISON ran its winning streak to nine games and clinched their 19th NCAC Championship after wins over Kenyon, 17-5, and Stevenson, 13-10.
DEPAUW wrapped up its fifth season of collegiate play with its first winning season (7-6) and equaled the program’s single-season record for wins. Nicole Gibson (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) broke the school’s single-season record with 26 assists.
HIRAM dropped its lone contest last week, falling to Oberlin, 18-3. The Terriers close out the regular season on Monday when they host Wooster.
KENYON closed its season last week with two losses to Denison and Wittenberg. Kenyon finished the year 7-9 and 3-5 in NCAC play.
OBERLIN closed out the regular season with a five game winning streak after picking up victories last week against Hiram and DePauw. The Yeowomen earned the second seed in the NCAC Tournament and will host Allegheny on Wednesday.
OHIO WESLEYAN closed out the 2017 season with NCAC losses to DePauw and Allegeheny to finish with a 4-11 record overall. Freshman midfielder Sloane Baumgartner (Naperville, IL/St. Francis) led the Bishops with nine points last week on seven goals and two assists.
WITTENBERG earned the fourth-seed in the NCAC Tournament after defeating Kenyon, 13-11, last week and finishing the regular season with a 5-3 record in league play. Freshman Rachel Bernard (Kings Mil, OH/Kings) led the way for the Tigers with four goals and collected three ground balls and caused three turnovers.
WOOSTER overcame an early 4-0 deficit in Wednesday night’s game at Allegheny, but the Gators rallied back to force overtime and ultimately win 19-18. Junior Helena Enders (Lake Oswego, OR/St. Mary’s Academy) led the way with five goals and three assists against the Gators. Wooster will wrap up its season with Monday night’s contest at Hiram as inclement weather forced the postponement of Saturday’s contest.