NCAC Weekly Release (11-4-13) - Field Hockey

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DePauw (15-4, 13-1) and Denison (17-1, 13-1) were crowned Co-Champions of the NCAC for the second time in the past three years. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, followed by Denison (9), Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw (3), Oberlin (2) and Kenyon (1).

DePauw and Denison will enter the 2013 NCAC Tournament as the top two seeds for the third straight season after meeting in the Tournament Championship the past two years. The DPU Tigers will host fourth-seeded Wooster (9-9, 7-7) in a semifinal contest at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. DePauw earned a pair of victories over Wooster during the regular season, most recently defeating the Scots, 3-2, on October 19th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded Denison hosting third-seeded Kenyon (12-6, 10-4) at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Granville. The Big Red knocked off the Ladies twice during the regular season. The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... DePauw, making its third straight appearance in the tournament, is the defending champion after winning its first tournament crown last year ... Wooster will be competing in the tournament for the 12th-consecutive season as the only NCAC squad to have competed in every tournament since the inaugural event in 2002 ... Denison is appearing in the tournament for the fifth-consecutive season and ninth all-time ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the first time since 2010 and the sixth time overall.

DENISON captured a share of the program’s ninth NCAC Championship following an 8-0 victory over Oberlin last weekend.  The Big Red will enter the 2013 NCAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will host third-seeded Kenyon at 3 p.m. in Granville.  Against the Yeowomen, senior Tonie Michaels (Dousman, WI/University Lake School) scored two goals, including the game winner, and logged two assists, while senior Alex Berman (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) and sophomore Lizzy Pellicane (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard) each scored twice in the win. Senior goalie Laura Campbell (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) posted her seventh shutout of the season after making two stops on Saturday.

DEPAUW defeated Wittenberg, 6-1, clinching a share of their third straight NCAC regular season title. Paige Henry (Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) (3), Grace Goodbarn (Highlands Ranch, CO/Mountain Vista), Addie Ball (Winnetka, IL/North Shore Country Day) and Maddie Lee (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) all scored goals in the victory. With the win the Tigers clinched the top overall seed for the NCAC tournament and host Wooster Wednesday, November 6.

EARLHAM saw its season come to an end after falling to Ohio Wesleyan, 5-1, to close out 2013 with a record of 2-16.

KENYON senior Alex Bair (Darien, CT/Darien) scored a goal and assisted on another as the Ladies finished off their regular-season schedule with a 3-2 win at Wooster. Sophomore Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle)  fired home the game-winning goal with just 23 seconds left in the game.

OBERLIN saw its season come to an end with a pair of losses, falling to North Coast foe Denison, 8-0, before dropping a 7-1 decision to non-conference opponent Rhodes. The Yeowomen end the 2013 season with a 4-15 record.

OHIO WESLEYAN closed out the 2013 season with a decisive 5-1 victory over Earlham. Freshman midfielder Haley Savoie (San Diego, CA/Del Norte) scored twice and senior defender Jenna Ortega (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) set up the Bishops’ first three goals to highlight the Bishops’ offense.

WITTENBERG concluded the season with a 6-1 loss at DePauw, as junior scoring leader Beth Warning (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) struck for her 10th goal of the season and freshman Eva van Dijkman (Den Haag, Netherlands/Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet) provided the assist.

WOOSTER dropped its final contest of the 2013 regular season, 3-2, versus Kenyon but still earned the fourth seed in the NCAC Tournament.  Nikki Sever (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) became the ninth player in team history to reach the 100-point milestone for her career with Saturday’s assist against Kenyon. She helped tie the game, 1-1, late in the first half. Sever is the only player in Wooster’s 100-point club with more assists (41) than goals (29).