NCAC Weekly Release (10-15-12) - Field Hockey
DePauw won its 13th straight contest this weekend after a shutout victory over the Fighting Scots of Wooster. The win guaranteed the DPU Tigers a spot in the NCAC Field Hockey Tournament at the end of the regular season, where the tournament winner receives the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. This week features seven conference contests, including three on Wednesday and two Saturday.
DENISON posted three shutout victories last week, including a 1-0 overtime victory over NCAC rival Ohio Wesleyan. The Big Red also blanked Bethany (10-0) and Sewanee (3-0). Eight different players scored for DU last week, including senior Catie Merrick (Greenwich, CT/Garrison Forest), who logged four goals, including two game winner, and an assist. Senior goalie Brittany Benson (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) posted eight saves in three starts.
DEPAUW has won 13 straight and have totaled 11 shutouts. The Tigers have shut out their last five opponents and have allowed just one goal in NCAC play. Margaret Ellis (St. Louis, MO/Whitfield) had three goals and an assist against Oberlin and broke Colleen Konicek’s 25-year old DePauw career points record. Ellis now has 158 points and needs just three goals to top Konicek’s career goals record of 71.
EARLHAM fell to 0-13 on the year last week after conference losses to Oberlin and Wooster.
KENYON dropped a 4-2 decision at Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday and then returned home for a 4-2 win over Wittenberg.
In its first game of the week OBERLIN beat Earlham 2-1. The Yeowomen edged out the Quakers in a penalty stroke shootout, 4-3, after 70 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods. Oberlin then lost to DePauw in its second game of the week 5-0.
Denison scored early in the first overtime period to defeat OHIO WESLEYAN in NCAC play on Tuesday in Granville. Freshman goalkeeper Karson Stevenson (Aurora, CO/Grandview) helped send the game into overtime, compiling five saves during the final 12 minutes of regulation time to preserve the scoreless tie. She finished with eight saves. Freshman attacker Montana Knapp (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) racked up her first collegiate hat trick to propel Ohio Wesleyan over Kenyon on Thursday at Selby Stadium. With the Bishops trailing, 2-1, Knapp reeled off three straight goals, the latter two coming during the final 12:02 of regulation time. Knapp then scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining in regulation time, lifting Ohio Wesleyan to a non-conference win over Sewanee on Sunday.
WITTENBERG played only once this week, a 4-2 loss at Kenyon. Senior Kellen Morrissey (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) and freshman Tiffany McKenna (Belvidere, NJ/Belvidere) each scored for the Tigers.
WOOSTER split a pair of NCAC contests this past week. On Saturday the Fighting Scots defeated Earlham, 3-0, before falling to the top team in the league DePauw who won its 13th straight contest with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.