NCAA 2nd Round Recap (11/12):
Kenyon (15-7) saw its 2016 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon following a 3-0 loss against Salisbury (17-1) in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament.
Salisbury opened the scoring in the first half when Abbey Shobe, the Sea Gulls leader in goals, fired in a rebound from the initial shot off the stick of Kristen Yingling. In the second half, Casie Preisch scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute and Natalie Wilkinson added insurance when she registered her 13th goal of the year in the 66th minute to secure the win for the Sea Gulls.
The Ladies finished the regular season in third place in the NCAC standings with a 10-4 record against league foes, but they did claim the league's automatic bid into the national tournament after topping DePauw, 2-1, in overtime in the NCAC Tournament title game.
NCAA 1st Round Recap (11/9):
Junior Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor-Huron) sunk the game-winning goal just five minutes into the first overtime session to lift Kenyon (15-6) to a 2-1 victory over Elizabethtown (14-5) in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament on Wednsday afternoon at Wolf Field in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
It marks the first win for Kenyon in the national tournament since the Ladies topped Juniata in overtime in the opening round by a 1-0 margin on November 8, 2006.
The now sets up a second-round matchup for the Ladies at Salisbury (16-1) this Saturday, November 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in extra time, Trulik sent a penalty corner in front of the goal that junior Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George's School) tapped back to Trulik for the game-winning score.
The Ladies played the Blue Jays tough over the first 30 minutes of action, but Etown went ahead, 1-0, late in the opening period on a goal off the stick of Kelsey Detweiler.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Blue Jays late in the second half, but the Ladies finally struck on another give-and-go play in the 59th minute to even the score at 1-1. Much like the game-winner, junior Shannon Hart (Mandara, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) took a penalty corner that freshman Hannah Sklar (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park & River Forest) knocked back to Hart and into the cage for the equalizer.
The opening-round nailbiter saw Kenyon outshoot the Blue Jays, 6-5, while Etown held a slight edge in penalty corners by a 7-6 margin.
Kenyon junior goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken) didn't face many shots, but she came up with two big saves to help secure the victory for the Ladies.
Junior Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George's School) converted on a penalty stroke in overtime to lift third-seeded Kenyon (14-6) to its fourth NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title, 2-1, over top-seeded DePauw (17-4) on Saturday November 5th in Greencastle, Indiana.
DePauw jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when junior forward Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) scored her 21st goal of the season off a deflection from a shot off the stick of senior Addie Ball (Winnetka, IL/North Shore Country Day) just two minutes into the contest. Kenyon tied the game with just under 10 minutes to play in the half when Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor-Huron) scored her third goal of the season on an assist from Hutchinson, all set up by a penalty corner. The Ladies held a 10-2 penalty corner advantage in the first half, including an 8-5 edge in shots.
In the second half DePauw applied plenty of pressure in the Kenyon end but wasn't able to find the back of the cage in large part due to Tournament MVP Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) who made five saves to keep the score tied at one. Speroff made two more saves in overtime before Hutchinson connected on the penalty stroke 3:38 into the extra period to give the Ladies the victory.
DePauw outshot Kenyon, 14-12, but the Ladies held a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners despite not earning any in the second half or overtime periods. DePauw sophomore goalie Sarah Foye (Goshen, KY/North Oldham) finished the game with four saves, while Speroff finished with eight saves in the cage for the Ladies.
Kenyon will open NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship play with a first-round game at Elizabethtown College on Wednesday, November 9. Elizabethtown (14-4), making its 10th appearance all-time, earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over Susquehanna in the Landmark Conference championship. The winner of Wednesday's opening-round game will move on to face Salisbury (16-1), which will host second and third-round games November 12-13.
Kenyon is appearing in the tournament for the fifth time with an all-time record of 1-4. Kenyon's last NCAA appearance came in 2014. The Ladies hosted Messiah College in the first round and suffered a 2-0 defeat.
The Ladies, led by fifth-year head coach Jacque DeMarco, have gotten strong performances this season from Hutchinson and junior Weezie Foster (Reisterstown, MD/Friends School) as the duo has combined for 21 of Kenyon's 41 goals and dished out nine assists for 51 total points. On the defensive side of the ball, Speroff has corralled 142 saves and allowed just 24 goals in 1430:33 minutes of action with a 1.17 goals against average.
Complete NCAA Tournament information can be found online at: www.ncaa.com