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Denison field hockey wins the NCAC Tournament

Denison Field Hockey  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Denison Field Hockey | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Two first half goals was all Denison needed to capture the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.  The Big Red dispatched the College of Wooster, 2-0 to claim the program's second consecutive tournament win.  At 18-2, Denison receives the NCAC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division III Tournament.

Denison took an early 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the contest on a penalty corner attempt.  Denison first-year AC Veith inserted the corner to Abby Scully.  Veith went to the corner of the goal and was able to deflect Scully's shot from the top of the circle into the back of the cage.  It was the fourth goal of the season for Veith.

Ten minutes later, Denison senior Kat Swan took a mid-range shot at the far corner.  Sophomore Charlotte Godfrey was there with the deflection that gave her squad a 2-0 advantage.

Possession was dominated by the Big Red throughout as they held an 18-1 lead in shots.  On Wooster's lone scoring opportunity of the afternoon it looked as if they were going to cut the deficit in half.  With 11 minutes left in the contest, an apparent goal by the Fighting Scots was waived off by officials after it was ruled that it went off the leg of a Wooster offensive player before it crossed the goal line.

Denison was led in shots by Godfrey who finished with six.  Lucy Pearsall added five shots while Scully and Alyssa Bahel posted three shots apiece with all six going on-goal.

Wooster's only shot was attempted by Sammi Pavlecic just prior to the waived-off goal.  Fighting Scots goalie Katie Shideler finished with 10 saves in 70 minutes.  Denison goalie Teya Adams improved to 18-2 after logging her ninth shutout of the season.

In the postgame awards ceremony, Denison's Godfrey, Scully and Michelle Kabaira were named to the All-Tournament team.  Veith was selected as the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Denison extends its winning streak to 13 games.  Their last loss came on Sept. 18 at the hands of No. 18 Washington & Jefferson.  The Big Red is currently listed first in the "others receiving votes" section of the NFHCA Top-20 poll. 

The NCAA will announce the field for this year's tournament on Sunday (Nov. 4) at 11:30 p.m. on NCAA.com  Details will be posted on denisonbigred.com soon after.  The NCAA tournament opens with games on Wednesday (Nov. 7).