While DePauw (8-3,5-1) sits atop the NCAC standings, three teams, Kenyon (7-4, 6-2), Denison (8-3, 5-2) and Wittenberg (7-4, 5-2) all stand just a single game behind the Tigers in the loss column of a growing tight race in the standings. NCAC action continues this week with one contest scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, and three more on Saturday.
DENISON picked up two NCAC victories, defeating Oberlin, 1-0, and Kenyon, 1-0. Freshman Charlotte Happel (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate) and senior Abby Martone (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs School) each picked up a goal, while sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Westfall (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) recorded two shutouts and made four saves.
DEPAUW went 2-0 last week with a 5-1 win over Concordia (WI) and a 5-2 win in NCAC play against Ohio Wesleyan. Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) led the Tigers with four goals, including a hat trick against OWU. DePauw is now 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
EARLHAM had a tough weekend, falling to Transylvania, 1-0, in the final seconds, before dropping a 3-1 decision against Wittenberg. Junior Olivia Honigman (Richmond, VT/Mount Mansfield Union) scored the lone goal on the week for the Quakers.
KENYON split a pair of conference contests over the weekend. Saturday at McBride Field, Kenyon couldn’t crack Denison’s defense and suffered a 1-0 defeat. Sunday, the Ladies moved on to Oberlin and out-lasted the Yeowomen for a 3-2 overtime win. Freshman Hannah Sklar (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park & River Forest) came up with the game-winner, scoring with about 6:30 left on the clock.
OBERLIN suffered three one-goal losses last week, which included two overtime affairs against Wooster and Kenyon. The Yeowomen fell 1-0 to Denison, 5-4 in overtime on the road against the Scots, and 3-2 at home to the Ladies in double overtime. Senior Maureen Coffey (Manassas, VA/Stonewall Jackson) led the offense with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Amelia Huang (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) also added six points with two goals and two assists. Senior goalie Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) made 41 saves over the three matches.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped three contests last week to fall to 4-7 on the year. Junior Paige Haenig (Hollidaysburg, PA/Pine-Richland) led the Bishops despite the three losses with two goals and two assist for six total points on the week.
WITTENBERG picked up a pair of conference victories last week against Ohio Wesleyan and Earlham, before being shutout on Sunday against non-conference foe Centre. Riley Trexler (Louisville, KY/Atherton) led the Tigers on the week with three goals, including the game-winner against Ohio Wesleyan for six total points.
WOOSTER evened out its league record at 3-3 with a 5-4 overtime win over Oberlin on Saturday. Notable, the outcome marked the second straight year the teams’ first meeting ended in a 5-4 overtime win by Wooster. Senior Kayla O’Connor (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) scored the game-winner 2:09 into the extra session when she saved a ball from going out of bounds and threaded her shot between the post and a defender’s stick. The game marked the first time Wooster had five different goal scorers in a contest since Oct. 28, 2012.