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Denison and Ohio Wesleyan Tabbed 2022 NCAC Field Hockey Preseason Favorites

Denison and Ohio Wesleyan Tabbed 2022 NCAC Field Hockey Preseason Favorites

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CLEVELAND, OH –
 Denison and Ohio Wesleyan have been selected as the preseason favorites in the 2022 NCAC Field Hockey Poll based on balloting of the league coaches.

The Battling Bishops earned four of nine possible first-place votes, while the Big Red garnered two first-place votes, leading to a tie for first with 71 points each. Kenyon claimed third with two first-place votes and 67 total points, while Earlham took fourth after claiming the final first-place vote and 52 points overall. Wittenberg (44) claimed fifth in the voting, followed by DePauw (36), Allegheny (35), Wooster (19) and Oberlin (10).

Ohio Wesleyan won its first NCAC tournament title in program history last season and advanced to its first NCAA postseason since 1995. The Battling Bishops won their first-ever national tournament game with a 2-1 overtime victory at SUNY Cortland in the first round of NCAA play. Head coach Brenda Semit returns three All-NCAC selections from a season ago, including a pair of second-team members in senior midfielder Veronia Hardman (Blenheim, New Zealand/Ravenswood) and sophomore midfielder Zoe Nelson (Frederick, MD/Urbana). Nelson started in all 17 of OWU's games last season, collecting two goals and two assists, including the game winner on Oct. 31 against Earlham. Hardman played in 16 games last season, starting 14, while compiling three goals and one assist for the Battling Bishops. Also returning is 2021 honorable mention defender Gabi Dahllof (Bear, DE/Caravel Academy), who started in all 17 games and helped the Battling Bishop defense hold opponents to just 17 goals on the season, including five scoreless efforts.

Denison head coach P.J. Soteriades returns a pair of All-NCAC student-athletes after the Big Red advanced to the 2021 NCAC tournament championship game against Ohio Wesleyan. Junior midfielder Cary Mauck (Richmond, VA/St. Catherine's) started all 17 games she played in last season, tallying two goals and one assist, while aiding a Big Red defense that shutout five opponents and allowed just 24 goals in 18 games. Also returning is senior forward Madeline Hunt (Denver, CO/Kent Denver), who started all 18 games for the Big Red and led the team with seven goals and four assists in 2021.

The 2022 NCAC field hockey season begins Sept. 1 with three teams competing in non-conference play, while the first NCAC matchup will take place on Sept. 30 with Wittenberg hosting Wooster.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Allegheny College and Earlham College in the sport of field hockey. The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.


 

2022 North Coast Athletic Conference
Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Ohio Wesleyan (4)

71

 

Denison (2)

71

3.

Kenyon (2)

67

4.

Earlham (1)

52

5.

Wittenberg

44

6.

DePauw

36

7.

Allegheny

35

8.

Wooster

19

9.

Oberlin

10