NCAC Weekly Release (4-30-12) - Women's Lacrosse
Wittenberg (6-0, 11-4) has claimed the top seed in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which begins with semifinal match ups on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers entertain fourth-seeded Allegheny (2-4, 9-8) at 3:00 PM, while second-seeded Denison (5-1, 12-4) welcomes third-seeded Wooster (4-2, 12-4-1), also at 3:00 PM. The championship game will be held on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 PM at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round. The tournament winner receives both the NCAC Championship and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Tournament.
Denison is the defending tournament champion and leads the way with 16 NCAC titles all-time (1985-1994, ‘96, 1999-’01, ‘06, ‘11), followed by Wooster with six (2002-04, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10), Oberlin with three (1995, ‘97-’98) and Ohio Wesleyan with two (‘05, ‘08)
ALLEGHENY senior Kiah Voyer-Colbath (York, ME/York) launched the Gators into the NCAC Tournament after scoring the game-winner with just 18 seconds left on the clock in Saturday’s 11-10 triumph over Kenyon. She also tallied four other second half goals to single handily lead the Gators to the come-from-behind victory.
DENISON split its final two league games of the regular season to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NCAC Tournament. The Big Red dropped a 14-12 decision against Wittenberg on Wednesday, but rebounded with an 18-4 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan in the regular season finale on Friday. Seniors Olivia Shiland (S. Hamilton, MA/Hamilton-Wenham) and Alex Thurner (Cincinnati, OH/Summit Country Day) each logged six goals and one assist on the week, while classmate Carly Tschantz (Omaha, NE/New Trier, IL) corralled 21 draw controls.
KENYON split a pair of one-goal NCAC games on the road last week. The Ladies won, 9-8, at Oberlin on Wednesday, but had their conference tournament hopes dashed on Saturday after falling to Allegheny, 11-10. Senior Alicia Florin (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) finished her career on a high note, scoring three goals, including the game-winner, against Oberlin, and dishing out three assists on the week.
OBERLIN dropped its final two games of the 2012 season against Kenyon, 9-8, and Wittenberg, 9-2. However, at 11-5 overall, the Yeowomen still finished the season with their highest win total since the 1998 season, while their win earlier in the season against Allegheny also marked their first NCAC win since 2007. Junior Ilyssa Meyer (Marlboro, NJ/Colts Neck) led the team with 44 goals this season, which is also the fifth-highest mark in the NCAC.
OHIO WESLEYAN fell twice in league play against Wooster, 19-12, and Denison, 18-4, before concluding the season with a thrilling 15-14 overtime victory over St. Vincent on Sunday. Sophomore Cate Bailey (Hingham, MA/Hingham) led the Bishops on the week with nine goals, including a five-goal performance against SVC.
WITTENBERG earned its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAC Tournament after knocking off Denison, 14-12, on Wednesday, and then went on to complete the program’s first-ever undefeated season in league play with a 9-2 win over Oberlin on Saturday. Sophomore Alie Marousek (Pittsburgh, PA/Portsmouth, NH) scored three time and added three assists in the Tigers’ 14-12 triumph over Denison and finished the week by netting two goals against Oberlin.
WOOSTER carries momentum into this week’s NCAC Tournament after going 2-0 in action last week, defeating Ohio Wesleyan, 19-12, and St. Vincent, 15-4. Wooster senior attack Madison Carey (Northfield, MN/Shattuck-St. Mary’s) broke the school single-season scoring record after totaling 13 points (6g, 7a) on the week. She currently sits at 91 points on the year, passing former Fighting Scot great and current Wittenberg head coach Beth Hemminger’s mark of 85 points set in the 2003 season.