Kenyon (5-1-0) and Wittenberg (3-3-0) 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 Wittenberg traveling to Kenyon on Saturday.
DENISON went 1-1 to open NCAC play last weekend. DU defeated Earlham, 4-0, before suffering a 2-0 loss to DePauw. Senior Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School) led Denison in shots and finished with one goal in DU’s 4-0 win over the Quakers. She also posted a defensive save in the loss to DePauw.
15th-ranked DEPAUW sustained its first loss of the season after a 2-1 loss at Kenyon in the NCAC opener for both schools. The Tigers responded with a 2-0 win at Denison on Sunday.
EARLHAM dropped a pair of conference road contests last week, falling to Denison on Saturday and Kenyon on Sunday. Megan Hut (Tiel, Netherlands/RSG Lingcollege) had a goal and an assist in the 7-2 loss against the Ladies.
KENYON moved to the top of the NCAC standings with a couple of conference wins. Saturday, the Ladies upended No. 15 DePauw by a 2-1 final at McBride Field. Sunday, the Kenyon women returned to home turf and rolled to a 7-2 decision against Earlham. Senior Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake) had two goals and an assist in the two games.
After being idle during the week, OBERLIN returned to action by opening NCAC competition against Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. On Saturday, the Yeowomen suffered a 5-0 loss to OWU, followed by a 4-0 loss to Wittenberg. Keeper Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) tallied a combined 40 saves. Gossiaux set a career-high against OWU with 21 saves.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling 2-1 to Wooster before bouncing back to knock off Oberlin, 5-0, on Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Haley Savoie (San Diego, CA/Del Norte) posted her first collegiate hat trick to lead OWU over Oberlin. She scored the game-winner in the first half and added a pair of second-half goals.
WITTENBERG got off to a strong start in conference action by winning back-to-back matches on the road, taking a 2-1 decision off of Wooster on Friday before winning 4-0 at Oberlin on Saturday. Senior Beth Warning (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) totaled two goals to lead the team, and did it with great timing as she scored both game-winning goals. Freshman Riley Trexler (Louisville, KY/Atherton) also scored two goals to split the team lead.
WOOSTER went 2-1 during a three-game homestand, with 2-1 and 3-0 victories coming against Ohio Wesleyan in its NCAC opener and Transylvania, respectively. Senior Taylor Thorp (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown) assisted on the first score in the 2-1 win over OWU, then accounted for three of the team’s four goals during the weekend, including the first two of the Scots’ 3-0 decision against Transylvania.