NCAC Weekly Release (9-24-12) - Field Hockey
DePauw has raced out to a perfect 6-0 mark in NCAC play and has yet to allow a goal in if first six conference contests. This week features a full boat of conference matches with the lone non-conference tilt featuring Earlham, who will look for its first win of the season on the road against Transylvania.
DENISON fell to 5-3 overall, 3-2 in NCAC play this past week with a pair of conference losses. The Big Red went on the road losing to Kenyon, 3-1, before losing to DePauw in a tough 1-0 overtime contest at home. Denison returns to action on Wednesday as they are set to host conference foe Wittenberg.
After registering three more shut outs this week, DEPAUW has begun NCAC play by not allowing a goal in its first six matches, a first in school history and has not been achieved in the Conference since at least 2003. Additionally, the Tigers sport a miniscule 0.78 GAA on the campaign thus far, ranking their defense among the top in NCAA Division-III field hockey.
EARLHAM was shutout in its two NCAC contests this past week against DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan. Goalkeeper Helen Titcomb (East Sandwich, MA/Stargis Charter) had 18 total saves last week with nine in each match.
KENYON defeated Denison (3-1), Oberlin (3-1), and Bethany (5-1) this week to run its win streak to six straight games. That matches the program’s longest streak since the 2006 season. Freshman midfielder Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) led the Ladies with two goals and one assist in the three wins.
Junior Karin Yoshida (Himeji, Japan/ Westminster School) scored three goals this week, but OBERLIN found itself on the wrong end of a 3-2 overtime decision at Wittenberg and then fell short to first-place Kenyon 3-1.
Freshman attacker Montana Knapp (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry) scored both OHIO WESLEYAN goals and the Bishops withstood a late Wooster charge to take an NCAC win over the Fighting Scots. Knapp scored twice to help Ohio Wesleyan defeat Earlham on Saturday in Richmond, Indiana. DePauw defeated Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday.
WITTENBERG split the week but picked up an important conference victory, 3-2, against Oberlin Thursday in overtime when senior midfielder Kellen Morrissey (Aurora, CO/Smoky Hill) scored the game-winning goal off a rebound in the 75th minute. Morrissey finished the game with two goals on eight shots. The win came after a Tuesday 3-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson.
WOOSTER lost its only contest of the week, 2-1, against Ohio Wesleyan. The Scots now, 3-5 overall, 2-3 in conference play will return to action on Thursday as they are set to host NCAC opponent Kenyon.