Women's Lacrosse: Mount Union Wins First-Ever OAC Tournament Title; Raiders Await Word From NCAA

Mount Union women's lacrosse won both the inaugural OAC regular season and tournament titles in their second year as a varsity sport (Photo by Steven Kachilla)
Mount Union women's lacrosse won both the inaugural OAC regular season and tournament titles in their second year as a varsity sport (Photo by Steven Kachilla)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Top-seeded Mount Union won the inaugural Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament with an 18-9 win over No. 2 seed Baldwin Wallace Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

Katherine Doraty (Medina/Medina) had four goals, Susie Kraus (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) had two goals and two assists while Emily Sendker (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central) and Michelle Tegethoff (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) each scored three goals to lead Mount Union.

Maddie Russell had four goals and three assists to lead Baldwin Wallace.

Mount Union ran out to a 3-1 lead in the game's opening three minutes with two of the goals coming from Sendker.

Baldwin Wallace responded scoring three of the next four goals to tie the game at 4-4 with 19:20 left in the first period.

Just under five minutes later, Mount Union regained the lead on a goal from Susie Kraus, then BW knotted the game at 5-5 just over three minutes later.

The Raiders reclaimed the lead when Sendker scored her third goal of the half at the 7:12 mark to make it 6-5.

The goal sparked a 6-0 Mount Union run as the Raiders finished the half leading 11-5.

Baldwin Wallace opened the second half with a goal three minutes to close the gap to 11-6 but Mount Union responded going on a 7-1 run over the next 12 minutes to extend the lead to 18-7 and put the game away.

The Jackets scored two more goals for the 18-9 final.

It is the first year that the nation's third oldest athletic conference -- the 112-year old OAC -- is sponsoring a women's lacrosse championship.

Since only five OAC teams sponsor lacrosse, there is NO automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. All five OAC teams are eligible to be selected for one of five 'Pool B' bids reserved for independents and non-automatic bid conference or one of eight 'Pool C' national at-large bids.

Mount Union (15-2), in its second varsity season, is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA West Region with those rankings being used to select teams and seed the national tournament. The selections for the 2014 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament will be announced via an online selection show Sunday night at 9:30 pm on NCAA.com.

OAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament - Championship game

Mount Union Stadium - Alliance, Ohio


Team                  1-2  Final

Baldwin Wallace  5-4    9
Mount Union       11-7  18

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
Mount Union: Katherine Doraty (4-0), Susie Kraus (2-2), Emily Sendker (3-0), Michelle Tegethoff (3-0), Taylor Pensyl (2-1), Emily Bergert (2-1), Kolbie Haines (2-1), Alex Camp (0-2)

Baldwin Wallace: Maddie Russell (4-3), Sierra Thomas (4-0), Katie Kocher (1-0)

Mount Union: Casey McHenry, 7 saves (9 GA)
Baldwin Wallace: Bridget Walsh, 0 saves (2 GA in 11:11), Gabrielle Nondorf 3 saves (16 GA in 48:49) 

Shots: Mount Union 25, Baldwin Wallace 22 
Ground Balls: Mount Union 17, Baldwin Wallace 15
Draw Controls: Mount Union 16, Baldwin Wallace 12
Turnovers: Mount Union 13, Baldwin Wallace 12