NCAC Weekly Release (10-22-12) - Field Hockey
DePauw (13-0, 16-1) won its 15th straight contest this weekend and claimed their first ever NCAC Field Hockey Championship. The DPU Tigers have earned the top seed heading into the NCAC Field Hockey Tournament which will begin with semifinal matches on Wednesday October, 31st.
DENISON went 2-1 in NCAC play last week after defeating Kenyon (2-1) and Wittenberg (3-0). DU’s lone loss was a 1-0 setback at NCAC-leader DePauw (1-0). Junior Katie McMahon (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) logged three goals on the week, including a 2-for-2 penalty stroke performance against Wittenberg. Goalie Brittany Benson (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) posted 19 saves in three starts.
DEPAUW wrapped up the regular season NCAC title with a two-day marathon win over Earlham on Wednesday and Thursday, 5-0. The Tigers saw four different players rattle the cage against the Quakers. Leading the way was Bridgette Shamleffer (St. Louis, MO/St. Joseph’s Academy) with two goals and Margaret Ellis (St. Louis, MO/Whitfield), Micheline Figel (Oak Park, IL/Whitfield) and Kate Jovanovic (St. Charles, MO/Barat Academy) with one apiece. With the goal, Ellis stands just one goal away from tying the 25-year old DePauw career goals record held by Colleen Konicek (71). In the Saturday match against Denison, DePauw freshman Maggie Grady (Northfield, IL/New Trier) scored the first goal of not only her collegiate career, but her post middle school years as well. Her score turned out to be the only one the Tigers’ needed as they downed the Big Red, 1-0. DePauw has won 15 straight matches and has shut out the last seven opponents and 13 of the last 14.
EARLHAM defeated Bethany 6-1 earning its first win of the season on Saturday. The six goals against Bethany are the most since a 9-0 win over Franklin in 1993. Bailey Heinzen (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) led the Quakers with two goals and an assist in the win.
KENYON dropped a pair of NCAC games last week. At Denison, the Ladies fell, 2-1. Three days later, Oberlin defeated Kenyon 1-0 in Gambier.
In its first game of the week, OBERLIN lost to Wittenberg, 3-1. The Yeowomen then defeated Kenyon for the first time since 2006 in its second game of the week, 1-0. In the 1-0 victory, sophomore goalkeeper Carmen Azevedo (Durham, CA/Chico) came off the bench 12 minutes into the game in relief. Azevedo shut out the Ladies, making a career-high 18 saves.
Freshman attacker Montana Knapp (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) scored one goal and set up two others, and senior midfielder Lauren Bailey (Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills) scored the game-winner in overtime as OHIO WESLEYAN rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Wooster in NCAC play on Wednesday. The win pulled Ohio Wesleyan into a fourth-place tie in the NCAC standings with Wooster.
WITTENBERG posted a 2-1 week with wins at Oberlin (3-1) and Transylvania (3-2) before dropping a home contest with Denison (3-0). Freshman Tiffany McKenna (Belvidere, NJ/Belvidere) scored two goals, both against Transylvania, including the game-winner in the 66th minute.
WOOSTER was unable to secure a win last week. The Scots suffered a 4-3 overtime heartbreaker at the hands of Ohio Wesleyan and then lost a non-conference contest versus Transylvania, 2-1.