The North Coast men's lacrosse season continued last week with all eight teams in action. Conference play is scheduled to open up Saturday with DePauw (0-0, 2-2) traveling to Hiram (0-0, 1-1), Ohio Wesleyan (0-0, 5-2) visiting Oberlin (0-0, 4-1) and Kenyon (0-0, 4-3) hosting Wittenberg (0-0, 4-1).
No. 8 DENISON scored three goals over the final 1:50 of play to defeat Stevens Institute of Technology, 19-17 in Towson, Maryland. Stevens, which was ranked in the USILA preseason poll, took a 17-16 lead with 3:06 to play. Denison senior attack Eddie Vita (Coronado, CA/Coronado) scored two goals in a span of 11 seconds to tie the contest, and take the lead. Vita ended the day with a career-high nine goals off 12 shots. The nine goals were one shy of the DU single-game record set in 1990.
DEPAUW dropped to 2-2 with a loss to Carthage. Adam Bridges (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) led the Tigers with two goals and leads the team on the season with 10.
HIRAM dropped a tough non-conference decision, 10-9, on Saturday to Bethany. The Terriers were led offensively by Douglas Legris (Fairfax, VT/Bellows Free Academy) with three goals on 10 shots. Chris Lekan (North Olmsted, OH/Holy Name) also had three points on the day with a goal and a team-high two assists, while Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary's) and Charlie Haley (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forrest) both finished the game with two points, scoring a goal and an assist.
KENYON split a pair of non-conference games last week. The Lords defeated Beloit, 15-4, on a neutral field at Randolph-Macon on Tuesday and then suffered a 6-4 road loss Saturday at Mount Union. Senior Caleb Florence (Decatur, GA/Loomis Chaffee) had combined totals of four goals and three assists in the two games.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-0 week with an 8-5 victory over Trine as sophomore Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) had a hat trick in the victory over the Thunder, including the game-winner.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of non-conference game last week, defeating Hampden-Sydney, 11-7, before falling to Washington College, 10-8. In the win over Hampden-Sydney John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) led the Bishops with five goals, while junior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms (Conn.)) finished with two goals and three assists.
WITTENBERG fell to Renssalaer by a score of 8-4 at IMG Academy in Florida despite 18 saves by junior goalkeeper Jay Dolan (Andover, MA/Phillips Andover) and two assists from sophomore Andrew Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln).
Junior attacker Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) was WOOSTER'S top scorer during its two-game swing in Tennessee, totaling four points in each of its wins over Sewanee and Rhodes. He had one goal and a season-high three assists against Sewanee, then accounted for three goals during a decisive 7-0 run at Rhodes and later added an assist.