North Coast men’s lacrosse squads dove into the league portion of the 2015 schedule last weekend with four games contested on Saturday, led by Kenyon (1-0, 4-2) earning a tight 10-6 victory over DePauw (0-2, 3-4) in Ohio. There are three league games on the schedule this week, highlighted by 11th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 6-0) traveling to Kenyon on Saturday, while 19th-ranked Denison (1-0, 4-2) hits the road for a pair of spring break games against St. Mary’s (MD) on Wednesday and 13th-ranked Montclair State on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked 19th in the most recent USILA national poll, improved to 4-2 on the year following a pair of non-conference wins last week against Albion, 18-6, and Aurora, 19-10. While sophomore Will Donohue (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) posted a career-high five goals and two assists in the win over Aurora, classmate Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) proved to be the Big Red’s most consistent offensive threat on the week as he scored four goals in both contests to go along with dishing out two assists against Albion and three more helpers against Aurora.
DEPAUW opened last week with a pair of non-league wins over Cornell College, 13-0, and Millsaps, 22-4, before falling to Kenyon, 10-6, in conference action on Saturday. Freshman midfielder Ben Sherman (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) finished the week with 17 total points (8 g, 9a), which included a five-goal, six-assist effort in the Tigers’ 18-point home victory over Millsaps on Wednesday.
HIRAM dropped a 23-1 decision against Wittenberg in its NCAC- and home-opener on Saturday. Sophomore Doug Legris (Fairfax, VT/Bellows Free Acad.) scored the Terriers’ lone goal just 2:32 into the game.
KENYON rallied for six goals in the fourth quarter to pick up a 13-12 win over Adrian on Wednesday, before securing its first league win of the year on Saturday with a 10-6 triumph over DePauw. Sophomore attack Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School), who scored a team-high three goals in the come-from-behind victory over Adrian, finished the week with seven points (4g, 3a), 13 shots and six groundballs.
OBERLIN scored three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes of play to down Trine, 8-5, in the Yeomen’s first game played on the Bailey Field turf at the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex. The Yeomen then dropped a 20-3 decision at 11th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Freshman Ian McCague (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) finished with two goals and two assists in the win over Trine, while classmate Reese Koburov (Woodridge, IL/Benet Acad.) was credited with the game-winner on a goal in the third quarter.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 11th in the most recent USILA national poll, held Washington College scoreless in the second half in a 10-5 victory on Wednesday, before earning its first league win of the season on Saturday with a 20-3 victory over Oberlin. Junior attack Marcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) scored two goals and dished out two assists in the win over the Shoreman, before tallying three goals and adding three more helpers against the Yeomen.
WABASH suffered a narrow 10-6 loss against Methodist on Tuesday during its spring break trip in South Carolina, before falling against Wooster, 27-2, in its first NCAC game in program history on Saturday. Senior midfielder Glenn Patterson (Brunswick, OH/St. Ignatius) and freshman midfielder Austin Crosley (Indianapolis, IN/Southport) each connected on two goals in the loss against Methodist, while junior midfielder Corey Hoffman (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) scored his first-career goal against Wooster.
WITTENBERG split a pair of games last week, first falling to Sewanee, 13-12, on Wednesday in Tennessee, before picking up the first win of the season on Saturday with a 23-1 victory at Hiram. Senior attack Matt Hugdahl (Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie) finished the week with eight points (7g, 1a) after scoring five goals against Sewanee and adding two goals and one assist in the league win over Hiram.
WOOSTER maintained at least a two-goal cushion through the final three quarters in a 16-10 victory at Centre on Wednesday, before earning its first league win of the season at home on Saturday against Wabash by a 27-2 margin. Senior attack Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) tallied a game-high six points against Centre on three goals and three assists, while also posting a first-quarter hat trick in the victory over the Little Giants. In the two games combined, Herold totaled 9 points (6g, 3a), to go along with 13 shots and five groundballs.