GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Denison Women’s Lacrosse team won the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women’s Lacrosse Tournament title, 13-10, over Wooster on Sunday, May 5. The tournament title is Denison's sixth consecutive and 14th overall in women's lacrosse.
Wooster began the championship match with three-straight goals from senior Jordan Stone (Ashland, MA/Ashland), sophomore Ashley Boersma (Ada, Mi/Forest Hills Northern) and senior Laura Papp (Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern). Denison sophomore Lindsey Karsh (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) finally jumpstarted the Big Red offense with a goal at the 21:46 mark of the first half which was the beginning of four-straight goals for red and white. The two teams continued to trade goals heading to halftime tied at six. After the break, the Big Red tallied four goals in-a-row to jump out to a 10-6 lead. Wooster would eventually claw back to an 11-9 deficit with 12:27 remaining after another Papp goal. The Fighting Scots couldn’t come all the way back, however, as Denison would go on to win, 13-10.
Denison senior Jane Goodspeed (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) was named the tournament MVP, while four other teammates also captured all-tournament honors, junior Paris Healey (Beverly Farms, MA/Prostor Academy), senior Maddy Heher (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and junior Kiely Noonan (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley). Wooster sophomore Miura Wiley (Cheshire, CT/Chesire Academy), senior Megan Myers (Columbus, OH/Bexley), Laura Papp (Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern) and senior Rose Taylor (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park) were also voted on to the all-tournament team.
2019 NCAC Women’s Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Maggie Grabowski, Kenyon
Avery Morgan, Kenyon
Liz Amber, Oberlin
Hayley Drapkin, Oberlin
Megan Myers, Wooster
Miura Wiley, Wooster
Laura Papp, Wooster
Rose Taylor, Wooster
Paris Healey, Denison
Maddy Heher, Denison
Kiely Noonan, Denison
Hannah Magarian, Denison
Jane Goodspeed, Denison (MVP)
|Semifinals: Thursday, May 2
||Championship: Sunday, May 5
#1 Denison 19, #4 Oberlin 4 - Box Score
#1 Denison 13, #2 Wooster 10 - Box Score
#2 Wooster 16, #3 Kenyon 10 - Box Score
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NCAC Semifinal: #1 Denison 19, #4 Oberlin 4
Thursday’s North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women's Lacrosse semifinal match pitted No. 1-seed Denison against No. 4-seed Oberlin. The host, Denison, used 14 first-half goals en route to a 19-4 victory, sending the Big Red to their sixth-straight conference championship match, Sunday against No. 2-seeded Wooster.
Denison was propelled by freshman Casey McTague’s (Arlington, VA/Stone Ridge) four goals, while the Big Red also recived three goals each from senior Colleen Muldoon (Ardsley, NY/Ardsley) and sophomore Liza Farnham (Barrington, RI/Moses Brown). Oberlin was led by a pair of goals from senior Eliza Amber (Chelsea, VT/Chelsea) while freshman Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH/Dublin School) and sophomore Kyra Aviles (Armonk, NY/The Ursuline School) each chipped in a goal.
The Big Red scored the first goal of the match just 6:31 into play and built an 8-1 advantage before Oberlin scored the next two-of-three goals. Denison then reeled off the final five goals in the first half to take a 14-3 edge to halftime. In a low-scoring second half, the Big Red used a 5-1 goal advantage to close out a 19-4 victory.
Denison outshot Oberlin 38-12 while also having the edge in draw controls (17-8) and ground balls (26-18).
The Big Red improved to 14-4 on the season while the Yeowomen close out their 2019 campaign at 6-9. Sunday’s NCAC Championship match will be played at 3 p.m. in Granville, Ohio.
NCAC Semifinal: #2 Wooster 16, #3 Kenyon 10
The No. 2-seeded Wooster Fighting Scots took on the No. 3-seeded Kenyon Ladies in the NCAC Women's Lacrosse Semifinal on Thursday. The Fighting Scots used a strong opening half to hold off Kenyon, 16-10, to advance to the NCAC Championship match for the second-straight year, Sunday at Denison.
Wooster’s semifinal victory was fueled by Megan Healy’s (Ottawa Hills, OH/Ottawa Hills) four goals. The senior also added five groundballs and caused six turnovers while securing seven draw controls. Sophomore Ashley Boersma (Ada, MI/Forest Hills Northern) also added three goals for the Fighting Scots. The Ladies were led by senior attackers' Lucy Somers (Westwood, MA/Westwood) and Cassie Hudson-Heck (Medina, OH/Medina) who scored three goals apiece.
The Fighting Scots scored the first three goals of the game before Kenyon got on the scoreboard with an Avery Morgan (Mount Kisco, NY/Holderness) goal with 20:06 remaining in the first half. Wooster continued pushing the score, building up a 7-1 advantage after a Boersma goal with 7:45 remaining in the half. After that, the Ladies scored five-of-six goals heading into halftime to close the gap to within 8-6. After the break, Wooster scored three consecutive goals to claim an 11-6 advantage en route to a 16-10 victory.
Kenyon held a 34-30 advantage in shots and a 17-11 edge in draw controls. Groundballs also went the way of the Ladies by a 27-22 margin.
Wooster improved to 16-1 on the season while Kenyon ends its season at 13-5. Sunday’s NCAC Championship match will be at 3 p.m. in Granville, Ohio.
After winning its league-leading 21st NCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship with its fourth-straight perfect 8-0 regular season record against league foes, Denison has earned the top seed in the 2019 NCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament, which begins with semifinal matchups on Thursday, May 2.
The Big Red now entertain fourth-seeded Oberlin (5-3) on Thursday, while second-seeded Wooster (7-1) welcomes third-seeded Kenyon (6-2) in the other semifinal matchup on the same day. Denison topped Oberlin, 17-8, in the regular season meeting between the two squads on April 3, while Wooster notched a one-goal victory, 15-14, over Kenyon on April 24.
The championship game will be held on Sunday, May 5, 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 Division III Tournament.
Denison leads the way with 13 NCAC tournament titles (1994, '96, 1999-2001, '06, '11, '12, '14-'18), followed by Wooster with six (2002-04, '07, '09, '10), Oberlin with three (1995, '97, '98), Ohio Wesleyan (2005, '08) with two and Kenyon (2013) and with one.