May 1, 2010

Old Boss: Wooster Ends Kenyon's Dream

from press release

 - The College of Wooster women's lacrosse team played a deliberate, ball-control game Saturday afternoon and got the result it wanted. The Fighting Scots pulled off a 10-8 upset of the top-seeded Kenyon College Ladies and captured their second straight and sixth overall North Coast Athletic Conference championship title.

Wooster, which lost to Kenyon in a 20-14 shootout one week ago, slowed things downed offensively and increased its defensive pressure during the championship game. It was, however, Kenyon that took control in the early going. Thanks to three goals from junior Jennifer Fitzgerald (Cranford, NJ/Cranford), the Ladies jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the 13:02 mark of the first half.

Wooster then won draw control after draw control and changed the complexion of the game. The Fighting Scots scored the next four goals and went into halftime with a ton of momentum and a 5-4 lead. At one point in the game, the Fighting Scots owned a 12-4 advantage in draw controls with Amy Denny taking personal responsibility for seven of those.

Seven minutes into the second half, Wooster opened up a two-goal lead with a score from Becca Worthington. Kenyon sophomore Meghan Henshall (Madison, NJ/Newark Academy) had the answer and the Fighting Scots clung to a 6-5 lead with 20 minutes to play.

About three minutes later, Wooster went on another spurt and scored three in row, opening up its biggest lead at 9-5. Fitzgerald buried her fourth goal for the Ladies less than a minute later, but the Kenyon women were facing a 9-6 deficit with just under 11 minutes to play.

The Scots got one more goal at the 4:36 mark and Kenyon got two more, but it was too little, too late. The win gave Wooster a 12-3 record, the conference title, and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Nina Dine and Madison Carey led the way for the Fighting Scots by scoring three goals apiece. Fitzgerald paced Kenyon (14-2) with four goals and an assist.

In net, Kenyon senior goalkeeper Chase Kreuter (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) made nine saves, giving her a Kenyon record of 689 career saves. Along with Kreuter, senior Liz Hancock (Hopkins, MN/Hopkins), who scored one goal, was named to the All-Tournament team. Fitzgerald and junior defender Brigid Donahue (Trumbull, CT/St. Joseph) were also selected to the team.

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