Earlham (1-0, 0-0) opened up the 2015 season with a 4-0 shutout victory over Transylvania, marking the first shutout for the Quakers since the 2013 season. Defending conference champion, Kenyon (2-1, 1-0), opened up NCAC play with a 4-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan (1-1, 0-1) on Tuesday. Conference action continues this week with all eight teams in action, starting Wednesday with three contests.
DENISON opened the season with a pair of losses against St. John Fisher and Rochester. They will open NCAC play this Wednesday, September 9 at Oberlin.
DEPAUW opened the season with a split of its two games, both of which went into overtime. The Tigers dropped a 2-1 OT decision against Mary Washington, before winning, 4-3, in doublt OT over St. Mary’s. Freshman Maddy Burns (Greencastle, IN/Greencastle) scored one goal and assisted on another in the win over St. Mary’s.
EARLHAM junior Megan Hut (Tiel, Netherlands/RSG Lingcollege) netted a hat trick and senior goalkeeper Kate Korobkina (Khabarovsk, Russia/UWC Pearson) did not surrender a goal as the Quakers shutout Transylvania, 4-0, to win the season opener on Saturday. Earlham outshot Transylvania, 21-6, in the contest, including a 14-4 advantage in the second half. The Quakers also held a slight edge in penalty corners, 8-7.
KENYON started out its season with a 4-0 conference win at Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday. Then, during the weekend, the Ladies traveled east and recorded a 4-3 win over Johns Hopkins, as well as a 1-0 defeat at York (PA). Senior Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) had a combined three goals and one assist during the week, while sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) made 17 saves.
OBERLIN dropped its first two matches of the season in Rochester, New York over the weekend. The Yeowomen fell to Rochester, 6-1, in the 2015 opener, before dropping their Sunday matchup with St. John Fisher, 8-1. Against Rochester, junior keeper Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) tallied 30 saves, while senior Maureen Coffey (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson) registered the lone goal for Oberlin. On Sunday, Ariana Enzerink (Davis, CA/Davis Senior) notched the only goal, her first of the year. Oberlin field hockey hosts Denison on Tuesday before playing Johns Hopkins in Granville on Sunday, September 13th.
OHIO WESLEYAN senior forward Montana Knapp (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Bishops edged Houghton in non-conference play on Saturday at Selby Stadium. The win was the first collegiate victory for Bishop head coach Brenda Semit. Sophomore defender Paige Haenig (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) converted a penalty stroke to give the Bishops a 1-0 lead. Knapp scored after a penalty corner in the 48th minute to give the Bishops a 2-0 lead.
WITTENBERG opened the season 0-3 in the first week after losses to Washington and Jefferson, Washington and Lee, and Sewanee. Wittenberg returns to action this week to open up NCAC play on the road at DePauw on Friday.
After a tough season-opening loss to Bethany, 3-2, in double overtime, WOOSTER split a pair of games at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. The Fighting Scots’ win was a 3-2 decision over Hendrix.