Denison Claims 2nd Field Hockey Tournament Title

Denison earned its second NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title on Saturday
Denison earned its second NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title on Saturday

Denison (17-3) claimed its second North Coast Athletic Conference tournament title on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 triumph over Wittenberg (14-6) in Granville, Ohio.

The Big Red got off to a quick start when Abby Scully (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day School) scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Charlotte Godfrey (Denver, CO/Cherry Creek) just 4:40 into the contest. Wittenberg tied the game with just under 10 minutes to play in the half when senior Riley Trexler (Louisville, KY/Atherton) scored her seventh goal of the season and second of the NCAC Tournament on an assist from freshman Channa Visseren (Utrecht, Netherlands/St. Bonifatius College).

Two minutes before halftime, Denison took back the lead when senior Jen Durbin (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) scored in front of the cage after corralling the rebound from Charlotte Happel (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate). Denison continued to apply pressure early in the second half looking to extend the lead but junior Allie Purvis (Leesburg, VA/Loudon County) denied the Big Red on several chances with great saves. Over the final 20 minutes, the Big Red held the Tigers without a shot to secure the victory.

Denison outshot Wittenberg, 23-5, in the contest and held an 11-3 edge on penalty corners. Purvis finished with 11 saves for the Tigers, while freshman Kerry Lawler (Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest) tallied two saves in the cage for the Big Red. With the win, Denison extends its unbeaten streak to 15 games and will represent the NCAC in the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament for the 12th time in program history. The NCAA selections will be released late Sunday evening.

All-Tournament Team

Rose Revolinski, DePauw
Kelsey Doerr, DePauw
Shannon Hart, Kenyon
Paige Beyer, Kenyon
Riley Trexler, Wittenberg
Channa Visseren, Wittenberg
Isabella Wagner, Wittenberg
Jen Durbin, Denison
Michelle Kabaira, Denison
Lucy Pearsall, Denison
Charlotte Godfrey (MVP) - Denison

 

Semifinals Games  Championship Game 
Wednesday, Novovember 1 Saturday, November 4
#1 Denison 3, #4 DePauw 0 {Box}

Denison 2, Wittenberg 1 {Box}

#3 Wittenberg 2, #2 Kenyon 1 {Box}  
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Semifinal Recaps

In the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, third-seeded Wittenberg (14-5) upset second-seeded Kenyon (15-4) by a 2-1 margin in Gambier, while top-seeded Denison (16-3) shutout fourth-seeded DePauw (11-8), 3-0, in Granville, setting up a matchup between the Tigers and the Big Red in Saturday's championship game at 2:00 p.m. in Granville.

The Tigers booked their ticket to the championship game for the first time since 2010 after senior Riley Trexler (Louisville, KY/Atherton) broke a 1-1 tie in the 41st minute on put back shot off a save in front of the cage. Kenyon got on the board first early in the contest on an unassisted goal from senior Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George's School), but the Tigers found the equalizer at the end of the first half as freshman Channa Visseren (Utrecht, Netherlands/St. Bonifatius College) fired in a shot from the top of the circle off a corner that was sent in from classmate Veerle van der Plas (Ziest, Netherlands/Christelijk Lyceum Zeist). The Tigers held a 19-10 edge over the Ladies in total shots and an 11-7 advantage in penalty corners en route to posting the one-goal victory. In the cage, Wittenberg junior Allie Purvis (Leesburg, VA/Loudon County) finished the match with three saves, while Kenyon senior Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken) made 10 saves in her final collegiate game.

The Big Red have advanced to the championship game for the first time since 2014 thanks in part to a hat trick performance from freshman Charlotte Godfrey (Denver, CO/Cherry Creek) in her first collegiate postseason contest. Godfrey put DU up 1-0 in the second minute of action off an assist from junior Lucy Pearsall (Chicago, IL/Latin School of Chicago). The match then went scoreless for nearly 55 minutes, before senior Melissa Hoey (Concord, MA/Concord Carlisle) slipped a through pass in that Godfrey was able to finish in the 58th minute. Pearsall than found Godfrey again in the 68th minute to close out the scoring for the Big Red. The Big Red finished the match with a 12-9 advantage in shots, while the Tigers held a 6-3 edge in penalty corner opportunities. Denison freshman goalie Kerry Lawler (Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest) stopped both shots that the Tigers put on goal, while junior Sarah Foye (Goshen, KY/North Oldham) finished the game with three saves in the DPU cage.

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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2017 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 28th.

Following Denison's 1-0 win over Kenyon on Saturday (10/28), the Big Red & Ladies finished the 2017 season with identical 12-2 marks against league foes to finish as co-champions; however, Denison secured the top seed in the 2017 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament via the head-to-head tiebreaker over Kenyon. It marks the first time since 2013 that the NCAC has had co-champions in field hockey.

Denison and Wittenberg are now tied for the lead in the NCAC with 10 field hockey titles each, followed Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw and Kenyon (4), and Oberlin (3).

Denison will now enter the 2017 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded DePauw (9-5) in the semifinals on Wednesday (11/2) at 3:00 pm. in Granville. The two squads split their regular season meetings, with Denison winning, 2-0, in Indiana and DePauw posting a 4-1 victory in Ohio. In the other semifinal game on Wednesday, second-seeded Kenyon (12-2) will take on third-seeded Wittenberg (10-4) at 2:30 p.m. in Gambier. The Ladies won both regualr season meetings against the Tigers, winning 2-1 at home and 5-1 in Springfield.

The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.