Kenyon (17-2, 13-1) locked down its first North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season crown since the 2007 season and second overall. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, followed by Denison (9), Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw (3) and Oberlin and Kenyon (2).
Kenyon will enter the 2014 NCAC Tournament as the top seed looking to return to the championship final after falling to DePauw a season ago. The Ladies will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (9-10, 7-7) in a semifinal contest at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Kenyon earned a pair of victories over Wittenberg during the regular season, most recently defeating the Tiger, 5-2, on October 18th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded DePauw hosting third-seeded Denison (12-6, 10-4) at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Greencastle. The DPU Tigers knocked off the Big Red 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 fourth-straight appearance in the tournament, is the defending champion after winning its second-straight tournament crown last year ... Denison is appearing in the tournament for the sixth-consecutive season and 10th time overall ... Kenyon returns to the tournament for the second-straight time and seventh time overall ... Wittenberg is making its 11th appearance in the tournament and first since 2011 after the Tigers had made 10-straight appearances since the inaugural event in 2002.
DENISON secured the No. 3 seed in the NCAC Tournament by closing out the regular season with a 6-0 win over Oberlin. Denison will travel to DePauw on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. semifinal. This is Denison’s sixth-straight NCAC Tournament appearance.
DEPAUW wrapped up the season with its 10th shutout of the season. With the 16 wins, the seniors have a 70-12 record and established the school record for wins by a senior class.
EARLHAM dropped its final contest of the year to finish the 2014 season with an overall record of 1-18.
KENYON played just one game last week, but a 3-0 win over Wooster sealed the Ladies’ first conference regular-season title since 2007. The victory finalized Kenyon’s regular-season record at 17-2 and its NCAC record at 13-1. The 17 wins are one shy of the program single-season record and the Ladies’ conference mark is the best since the team began competing in the NCAC in the 1984 season.
OBERLIN closed out the 2014 season with a loss against Denison, 6-0, Saturday, and an overtime win over non-conference Bethany, 2-1, on Sunday. Sophomore Maureen Coffey (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson) and senior Rachel Zuckerman (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) tallied the goals for the Yeowomen against Bethany.
Sophomore Cheyenne Gibbons (Tallmadge, OH/Western Reserve Academy), freshman Courtney Peterson (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and junior Montana Knapp (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) scored as OHIO WESLEYAN took a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play and went on to defeat Earlham in the Bishops’ season finale on Thursday at Selby Stadium. Gibbons, junior Venessa Menerey (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Knapp finished with two goals apiece, while freshman Julia Melio (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) was credited with three assists.
WITTENBERG, the fourth seed in the upcoming NCAC Tournament, dropped a 6-0 decision against DePauw in its only action last week.
WOOSTER'S remarkable streak of 13 consecutive appearances in the NCAC Tournament came to an end, as the Scots closed their season with a 3-0 loss against first-place Kenyon.