Nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (3-0, 9-0) and Denison (2-0, 7-2) sit atop the NCAC men’s lacrosse standings after the first two weeks of conference play, while the trio of Wooster (2-1, 7-3), Kenyon (2-1, 5-4) and Wittenberg (2-1, 4-4) are deadlocked in the third position in the standings. League play continues this week with four midweek games and four more games on Saturday, led by DePauw (0-2, 4-5) hosting Wabash (0-2, 1-6) on Thursday and Kenyon traveling to Wittenberg on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked 17th in the most recent USILA national poll, moved to 2-0 in NCAC play after posting a 13-6 victory over Wittenberg on Saturday in Granville. Junior midfielder Blair Farinholt (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s), who leads DU with 24 goals on the season, paced the Big Red in the win with six goals and one assist.
DEPAUW surpassed last year’s win total after earning a 10-6 win at Hope on Wednesday to improve to 4-5 overall on the year. Freshman midfielder Andrew Wright (Grosse Point Farms, MI/South) was the Tigers’ leading scorer in the non-conference victory with four total points (3g, 1a), while classmate Joe Musto (Noblesville, IN/Cathedral) hauled in eight saves in goal for DPU.
HIRAM lost a pair of games last week against Alma, 10-7, on Wednesday and No. 6 Ohio Wesleyan, 30-1, on Saturday. Junior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) scored a career-high four goals in the Terriers’ three-goal loss against Alma.
KENYON got great offensive production from a pair of young attacks en route to splitting a pair of games last week. The Lords dropped a 10-7 decision at Otterbein on Wednesday, before bouncing back with a 25-0 win over Wabash on Saturday. In the two games combined, freshman J.T. Meyer (McLean, VA/Langley) racked up four goals and four assists, to go along with seven groundballs and one caused turnover, while sophomore Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School) tallied six goals and three assists.
OBERLIN dropped a 15-7 decision at St. Mary’s (MD) on Tuesday, but the Yeomen snapped their four-game winless streak with a thrilling 9-7 win at Wooster on Saturday. Junior attack Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge) led the Yeomen in the victory with five goals and two assists, while junior goalie Miles Brooke (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades) earned his first victory of the season after allowing just three goals and collecting five saves in just over 30 minutes of action.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked sixth in the most recent USILA national poll, remained perfect on the season with a pair of wins last week over 19th-ranked Roanoke, 23-6, and Hiram, 30-1. In the win over Roanoke, freshman midfielder Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Mt. Hermon) scored three first-half goals and finished the game with five scores, while senior goalie Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) corralled 13 saves and allowed just four goals in the victory. In addition, senior midfielder Sam Gioseffi (Harrison, NY/Harrison) scooped up 15 groundballs and also combined to win 28-of-39 faceoff attempts on the week.
WABASH dropped a 25-0 decision against Kenyon in its only action last week. Senior midfielder Glenn Patterson (Brunswick, OH/St. Ignatius) paced the Little Giants with eight shots and seven groundballs in the loss.
WITTENBERG picked up an 11-4 non-conference win over Capital at home on Wednesday, before falling at Denison on Saturday by a 13-6 margin. In the win over Capital, junior attack Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the Tigers with four goals and two assists, while senior goalie Jay Dolan (Andover, MA/Phillips Andover) earned the win between the pipes after collecting seven saves on 11 total shots.
WOOSTER found itself on the wrong end of back-to-back close road games last week, falling 15-14 at Adrian on Wednesday and suffering a 9-7 setback against Oberlin on Saturday. The Scots led for the majority of the game against Adrian, but surrendered two late goals in the final two minutes to suffer the loss. Senior attack Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) scored two goals and dished out four assists against Adrian, while also adding an unassisted goal against Oberlin to draw within one, 8-7, with 4:42 to play.