North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey
tournament champion Kenyon (19-2) has earned a berth into the
24-team NCAA Division III Tournament after earning the
league’s automatic qualifying bid. The Ladies last made an
appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and are making their
third overall appearance in the Championship.
Kenyon claimed its third NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title with 1-0 victory over Denison (13-5) in the championship match on Saturday, November 8 in Gambier, Ohio. After a back-and-forth first half that didn’t see much action near either goal line, the Ladies broke through early in the second half. One minute and 36 seconds into the second stanza, Kenyon earned a penalty corner, which was one of just three in the game for the Ladies. Senior Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake) inbounded the ball to junior Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle), who loaded up and sent a laser through traffic and into the back of the Denison cage. It was Breschi’s team-best 14th goal of the season and Hall’s team-best ninth assist. Kenyon held an 8-4 advantage in shots, while Denison attempted six of the game’s nine penalty corners. The Big Red posted the only two saves of the match.
Kenyon will host an NCAA Tournament first round contest on Wednesday against Messiah (14-6), which earned an automatic bid by defeating Alvernia in the championship game of the Commonwealth Conference Tournament. The Falcons are making their 14th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The meeting will be the first-ever between the two teams. The winner of the game will move on to face Catholic (15-3) in Saturday’s second round game, which will be held at The College of New Jersey.
The Ladies, led by third-year head coach Jacque DeMarco, have got strong performances this season from senior Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake), junior Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) and freshman Shannon Hart (Mandara, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) as the trio has combined for 38 of Kenyon’s 77 goals and dished out 20 assists for 96 total points. On the defensive side of the ball, freshman goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) has corralled 83 saves and allowed just 20 goals in 1240:21 minutes of action with a 1.13 goals against average.
Complete NCAA Tournament information can be found online at: www.ncaa.com