Denison (7-0, 15-0) earned its third-straight North Coast championship with a pair of wins last week. The Big Red defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 10-9, and Hiram, 27-2, to collect their 15th conference title. Ohio Wesleyan has won the most conference crowns with 18, Wittenberg has two, while Wooster and Kenyon each boast one championship.
The Big Red enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (4-3, 10-4) on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in a re-match of the April 12th contest that saw Denison come away with a 14-8 road victory. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (6-1, 11-3) will host third-seeded Kenyon (4-3, 9-6) in the other semifinal match at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. OWU has knocked off Kenyon five of the last six times with the Lords' win coming in 2012. The Championship game is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.
No. 4 DENISON captured its 15th NCAC Championship and recorded the program's third undefeated regular season, and first since 1967 following wins over rival Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram. In the win over OWU, James Meager (Columbus, OH/Worthington-Kilbourne) scored the game-winning goal with 5:04, remaining sending DU to the comeback win over the Bishops on Wednesday night in Granville. Meager finished with two goals versus OWU and had five ground balls. He added a pair of assists in the win over Hiram. Denison also tied the school record for wins in a season, matching the win totals from the 1982 and 2012 teams at 15.
DEPAUW dropped a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling 17-6 on the road at Wittenberg before hosting Kenyon, where the Tigers lost 16-6. Sam Caravana (Granville, OH/Granville) scored four of the Tigers' 12 goals last week, while Grant Skipper (Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard) won 57.8 percent of the faceoffs in the two games.
HIRAM closed out its 2014 season last week with a pair of NCAC losses, falling to Oberlin, 21-1, before losing to Denison, 27-2. Sophomore Chris Lekan (North Olmsted/Holy Name) scored one goal and added an assist to lead the Terriers on the week.
OBERLIN ended its season on a high note, defeating Hiram, 21-1, before following with a 10-6 road win over Wooster in which the Yeomen scored four unanswered goals. Sophomore Alex Wagman (Lutherville, MD/Deerfield) recorded eight points against the Scots, scoring four goals to go along with four assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN responded from a tough one-goal, 10-9, loss at Denison on Wednesday to knock off Wittenberg, behind three goals from junior attacker Tommy Minkler (Oakton, VA/Landon School) during a 10-0 run to open up then game en route to a 16-4 victory. The win clinched second place in the NCAC standings for Ohio Wesleyan.
WITTENBERG won a battle of Tigers with a 17-6 victory over DePauw on Wednesday, but fell to Ohio Wesleyan, 16-4, on Saturday. Sophomore Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the way in the win, scoring three goals and one assist, while senior Jack Bornhofen (Peachtree City, GA/McIntosh) scored once and assisted on two goals and freshman David Strahm (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) scored once and had four ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Sophomore Nate Weltman (North Canton, OH/Hoover) scored two goals and assisted on another during the final six minutes to lead WOOSTER past Kenyon, 7-4. He was also one of six different Fighting Scot players to tally a goal in Saturday night's 10-6 setback to Oberlin. Wooster ends its 2014 season with a 3-4 record in NCAC play and 10-5 overall, the most wins since 2008 when the Scots won 11 games.