November 4, 2013

Denison hosts Ladies in NCAC Semifinal

Just days after locking up a share of their ninth North Coast Athletic Conference title, the second-seeded Big Red will host third-seeded Kenyon on Wednesday (Nov. 6) at 3 p.m. in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAC Tournament.

Denison has won three-straight against the Ladies, including a sweep in the regular season series.  On Sept. 28 in Granville, the Big Red received first-half goals from the senior trio of Taylor Bacon, Katie McMahon and Alex B. Berman en route to a 3-1 victory.  Nearly a month later in Gambier, McMahon scored the overtime winner in DU's 3-2 win.  Wednesday marks the 80th meeting between Denison and Kenyon and the first in the NCAC Tournament.  DU leads the all-time series with a 58-18-3 record.

The Big Red enters their ninth NCAC Tournament appearance with a 17-1 overall record.  Denison earned a share of the conference title after posting a 13-1 mark.  DU's won 13-straight matches, with their last loss coming to then nationally-ranked DePauw, 2-0, in Greencastle, Ind.  The Big Red avenged their lone loss on Oct. 13 with a 2-0 victory over Tigers at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium.  Denison's outscored opponents 67-16 in 18 contests, including seven shutouts.

McMahon co-leads the conference with 40 points, while Berman and Bacon rank second in goals (18) and assists (11), respectively.  In addition to Berman's 18 tallies, McMahon also has 16 goals and eight assists.  Also aiding the attack are senior Mia Day and sophomore Lizzy Pellicane with six goals each.

In her first year as a starter, senior goalie Laura Campbell boasts an 0.83 goals-against average which ranks ninth in all of Division III. She also has a .789 save percentage with seven shutouts.  Campbell leads the NCAC in wins (17), save percentage, goals-against average and goals allowed (16).  Also helping out the defense are senior Karla Dixon, juniors Molly Chapman and Alex W. Berman, and sophomore Allie Bacon.  Dixon and Chapman each have three defensive saves, while Bacon has logged one.

Kenyon enters the game with a 12-6 overall record and a 10-4 NCAC mark. Rachel Hall and Maddie Breschi rank fourth and fifth in the conference with 15 and 13 goals, respectively.  Hall is also fifth in the league in points (33), while Breschi's seven assists are fifth best in the NCAC.  Senior goalkeeper Sydney Carney-Knisely ranks third in the conference in goals-against average (1.59) and wins (11).

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for children.  The first 100 Denison faculty and staff members with a valid ID will be admitted free.  In addition, any NCAC student with a valid ID will also be admitted free of charge.  For those who cannot attend, a live video broadcast of the semifinal match will be provided by the Denison Sports Network along with live stats.

In the other semifinal match, fourth-seeded Wooster travels to top-seeded DePauw for a 2 p.m. match in Greencastle, Ind.  The winners of Wednesday's semifinal matches will square off on Saturday (Nov. 9) on the home field of the highest remaining seed.