Following the first week of conference play, Kenyon (1-0, 4-1), Wittenberg (1-0, 3-1), Wooster (1-0, 3-1) and DePauw (1-0, 2-2) sit atop the league standings with eight NCAC contests scheduled this week. Wittenberg is off to its first 3-1 start since 2009 and looks to improve to 4-1 through five games for the first-time since 2004 when the Tigers host Wooster on Saturday in Springfield.
DENISON went 1-1 during its home opening weekend in Granville. The Big Red lost to DePauw, 4-1, on Saturday and defeated Washington and Lee on Sunday, 2-0. Sophomore Ali Gakenheimer (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) led the way for Big Red on Sunday with two goals against Washington and Lee.
DEPAUW went 1-1 last week. They opened conference play with a 4-1 win over Denison and fell 5-0 to Rhodes in non-conference action. In the win over Denison, Rose Revolinski (Milwaukee, WI/University School of Milwaukee) scored two goals and tallied one assist, and Reilly Bruce (Chicago, IL/Francis Parker) recorded three assists. DePauw hosts Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan next weekend.
EARLHAM opened up its season with a pair of losses, falling to Wittenberg on Wednesday and Sewanee on Saturday. The Quakers return to action this Saturday when they host Ohio Wesleyan.
KENYON knocked off Oberlin, 7-0, and Washington & Lee, 3-1, before falling late to Christopher Newport, 2-1, last week. Through five contests to start the season, the Ladies are 4-1.
OBERLIN went 0-3 last week, but got a strong performance from junior goalkeeper Kennedy Kline (Philadelphia, PA/William Penn Charter). Kline faced 96 shots and made a career-high 19 saves in the loss versus Christopher Newport. In addition, freshman Molly Thayer (Belmont, MA) led the team offensively as she scored her first career goal against Sewanee.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 1-2 record last week that included a pair of tough one-goal losses and a 3-1 victory over Randolph-Macon. In the win, sophomore forward Jamie Grant (Falls Church, VA/Stuart) contributed a goal and an assist for three total points.
WITTENBERG improved to 3-1 with two wins last week. Starting with a 9-1 victory over Earlham on the road to open up conference play, before taking down Rhodes, 3-1, in the home opener. Senior Audrey Coler (Cincinnati, OH/Ursuline Academy) netted three goals in the win over the Quakers.
WOOSTER opened league play with a 1-0 overtime win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday. Sophomore Harriet Sudduth (Louisville, KY/Atherton) came through with her first collegiate goal on a penalty corner for the win. On Sunday, Wooster scored 13 goals during its win over Hendrix, marking the most by the Scots since they scored an NCAC-record 14 times against Muskingum in 1985.