All nine NCAC men’s lacrosse teams were in action last
week and combined for a 5-6 record against non-conference foes, led
by 18th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (0-0, 3-0) earning a pair of wins over
Otterbein, 10-7, and 20th-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 15-8.
League squads return to the field with 14 games on the schedule
this week, highlighted by DePauw (0-0, 1-1) hosting Denison (0-0,
0-2) tonight (3/2) at 7:00 p.m. for the first conference game of
DENISON, ranked 16th in the most recent USILA national poll, dropped to 0-2 on the season following a 13-11 loss at No. 17 Roanoke on Wednesday. Sophomore attack Will Donohue (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin School) paced the Big Red in the two-point loss with two goals and one assist.
DEPAUW suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss at Illinois Wesleyan on Tuesday, as IWU’s Tim Smith fired in a shot with one second remaining in the game to lift the Titans to a 12-11 victory. Freshman midfielder Andrew Wright (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/South) led the Tigers in the game with five points (3g, 2a), while classmate Zach Taylor (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman) was solid in goal for DPU after hauling in 14 saves in 60 minutes of action.
HIRAM opened the 2015 season with a pair of 12-5 losses against Ohio River Lacrosse Conference opponents, falling to Thiel on Wednesday and Bethany on Saturday. Freshman attack Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/North) scored four goals in his first collegiate game against Thiel, while junior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) notched three goals for the Terriers against Bethany.
KENYON kicked off the 2015 season with a pair of wins last week against Capital, 11-2, and Hope, 16-5. Sophomore attack Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School) led the Lords’ offensive unit on the week, tallying four goals against Capital, before erupting for seven goals in Saturday’s 11-point victory over the Flying Dutchmen.
OBERLIN saw eight players find the back of the net in its season-opening 16-8 win over Olivet on Sunday. Junior attack Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge) led the Yeomen contingent in the victory with five goals on 10 total shots.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 18th in the most recent USILA national poll, improved to 3-0 on the season after collecting a pair of wins last week over Otterbein, 10-7, at home on Wednesday and 20th-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 15-8, at a neutral site in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, on Saturday. Senior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) led the Bishops with two goals and two assists against the Cardinals, while senior attack John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) scored five times in OWU’s seven-goal victory over F&M.
WABASH played the first varsity lacrosse game in school history on Saturday, falling 18-8 against the Milwaukee School of Engineering in a neutral site game played in Sewanee, Tennessee. Freshman midfielder Austin Crosley (Indianapolis, IN/Southport) scored the first goal in program history with 8:29 left in the first quarter, while sophomore attack Colin Corcoran (Hershey, PA/Cape Henry Collegiate) led the Little Giants with three goals on just seven shots in the loss.
WITTENBERG dropped a season-opening 11-8 decision at Otterbein on Saturday. The junior duo of TJ Smith (Atlanta, GA/The Marist School) and Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) combined for five of the Tigers’ eight goals, with Smith notching a hat trick with three scores and Fuss adding two.
WOOSTER opened its 2015 campaign with a 9-4 loss at 14th-ranked Washington & Lee on Tuesday; however, the Fighting Scots rebounded with a thrilling 11-10 victory over John Carroll on Saturday. With the Scots and Blue Streaks tied at 10 in the fourth quarter on Saturday, freshman midfielder Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield) scored his first collegiate goal with 1:55 left in the game to propel Wooster to the one-goal victory. Senior attack Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) played a role in five of Wooster’s 15 goals on the week by accumulating two goals and three assists.