Oberlin Picks up Key Victory at Hiram

Hiram, Ohio Oberlin picked up a crucial 11-3 victory over Hiram on Saturday afternoon to remain in a fourth-place tie with Wooster with two conference games remaining.

Grace Barlow scored a hat trick and three other Yeowomen registered two goals as Oberlin improved to 8-3 on the season, 3-3 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. Hiram falls to 3-11, 0-6 following the loss.

The Terriers opened the scoring as Hannah Schaefer scored on an unassisted effort just under four minutes into the contest. But the Yeowomen didn't panic and responded with four goals over the next 15 minutes as Morgan Daruwala, Barlow, and Bronwen Schumacher all scored unassisted tallies. The fourth goal came courtesy of a free position shot by Hannah Heinke-Green.

But Hiram wasn't deterred as they scored two more goals before the half, cutting the Yeowomen's intermission lead to 4-3.

That would be all the offense the Terriers would muster as the Yeowomen defense limited Hiram to just four shots, one of which was on goal, in the second half.

The Yeowomen offense came out on a mission as Barlow, Suzana Doak, and Schumacher all scored a goal in the first three minutes of the half to open up a 7-3 lead for Oberlin.

Barlow completed her hat trick at the 9:02 mark of the second half to bring her season total to 41 goals, which ranks her third in the NCAC.

Daruwala and Doak would add their second goals of the game and senior Sarah Andrews added her sixth tally of the season to cap the Yeowomen's scoring.

Oberlin was dominant in the draw control category winning 12 of the 16 opportunities with Daruwala pulling in five to lead the team. The first-year from Lexington, Mass. also had three caused turnovers.

The Yeowomen also won the groundball battle, 21-14, with first-years Sloane Garelick scooping up four and Courtney Bolden adding three to lead Oberlin.

It's now a critical part of the season for the Yeowomen as they will wrap up their regular season with home games against conference-leading Wittenberg and Wooster, which is tied with Oberlin for fourth in the conference. The top four teams make the NCAC tournament and Yeowomen are looking to make it back for the first time since 2000.

2014-04-19



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