DePauw and Wittenberg sit atop the NCAC field hockey standings with perfect 2-0 conference records. Once again this week every North Coast team is scheduled to play a conference tilt, highlighted by Denison at Wittenberg as the Tigers will put their undefeated NCAC record on the line.
DENISON suffered its first loss of the season, 2-0, on Sunday at No. 16 DePauw. On Saturday the Big Red won its fourth match of the year, and first match in regulation, with a 7-2 victory over Earlham. Alex B. Berman (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) posted her second career hat trick in the victory.
16th-ranked DEPAUW extended its win streak in NCAC regular season games to 16 after opening with two wins in their first games at Blackstock Stadium with a pair of shutout victories over Kenyon and Denison, respectively.
EARLHAM dropped a pair of North Coast contests last week, falling to Kenyon, 4-1, before a, 7-2, setback against Denison on Saturday.
KENYON toured the west end of the conference and opened NCAC play with a weekend split. In Richmond, the Ladies dealt Earlham a, 4-1, defeat on Friday. The next day, the Kenyon women made the trip to Greencastle, where they dropped a, 1-0, decision to 16th-ranked DePauw.
OBERLIN opened up conference play over the weekend, falling to Ohio Wesleyan, 4-0, before coming up short in a, 3-1, setback at Wittenberg. First-year Ariana Enzerink (Davis, CA/Davis Senior) cashed in her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the loss to the Tigers.
OHIO WESLEYAN bounced back from its, 4-2, loss versus Wooster to earn its first NCAC win of the season with a 4-0 shutout victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Senior attacker Sadie Slager (Hudson, OH/Hudson) scored a pair of second-half goals on redirections from in front of the Oberlin cage.
WITTENBERG got off to a strong start in league action with back-to-back wins this weekend, breaking a five-game losing streak against Wooster with a 4-2 victory on Saturday, before besting Oberlin 3-1 on Sunday. Junior Beth Warning (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) led the team with two goals and one assist for five points on the week, while junior Megan Loofbourrow (Prospect, KY/Ballard) hit both game-winning goals.
WOOSTER freshman forward Leah Prescott (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) scored the first three goals of her collegiate career, two coming in the 3-2 victory at Ohio Wesleyan, including the game-winner. Then, she gave Wooster a 1-0 lead during the eventual loss to Wittenberg.