Ohio Wesleyan (8-0, 14-0) earned its league-leading 19th North Coast championship and its first since 2011 after posting a pair of wins last week against DePauw, 19-5, and Wooster, 13-6. Denison is second all-time with 15 conference championships, while Wittenberg has two and Kenyon and Wooster each boast one league title.
The Battling Bishops will enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Kenyon (5-3, 9-6) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. In their first meeting this season, the Bishops knocked off the Lords by a narrow 10-7 margin on March 21st in Gambier. Second-seeded Denison (7-1, 12-3) will host third-seeded Wittenberg (6-2, 9-5) in the other semifinal match on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. in Granville. This will be the second matchup this season in Granville between the two squads, following a 13-6 victory for Denison on March 28th. The tournament championship game is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.
DENISON, ranked 19th in the most recent USILA national poll, rounded out its regular season slate with a pair of wins last week against Kenyon, 19-7, and Denison, 25-1, before finally closing the books on its suspended game against Wooster with an 18-7 victory on Monday night. Sophomore attack Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow), who is DU’s leading goal scorer this year with 35, scored five points in each victory last week, tallying four goals and one assist against Kenyon, to go along with two goals and three assists against the Little Giants.
DEPAUW closed out its third season of intercollegiate play with a pair of losses last week against No. 3 Ohio Wesleyan, 19-5, and Oberlin, 9-6. However, the Tigers did finish the season with a school-record six wins, which doubled their win total from a year ago.
HIRAM rounded out its 2015 campaign last week with two league losses against Oberlin, 17-4, and Kenyon, 29-6. Junior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) scored a hat trick in the loss against Kenyon to finish the season with a school-record 23 goals, while junior goalie Sawyer Lott (Sunbury, OH/Big Walnut) also set the school record for groundballs in a season with 58 after scooping up five in the season finale against KC.
KENYON split a pair of NCAC contests last week to earn the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NCAC Tournament. On Wednesday, the Lords fell short against Denison by a 17-6 margin, but the Lords rebounded with a 29-6 victory over Hiram on Saturday. The 29 goals against the Terriers was the second-best single-game output in program history. Sophomore attack Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School), who enters the NCAC Tournament with a league-leading 43 goals, combined for seven goals and two assists last week for nine total points.
OBERLIN finished the 2015 season at 8-7 overall and 4-4 in league play after closing out the slate with a pair of wins last week against Hiram, 17-4, and DePauw, 9-6. In the win over the Terriers, junior attack Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) and junior midfielder Matthew Fox (Garden City, NY/Chaminade) both set career-high goal totals with six and five, respectively, while Fox guided the Yeomen in the three-goal victory over DPU on Saturday with a fourth-quarter hat trick. The Yeomen have now posted three-consecutive winning seasons under head coach Topher Grossman, a feat that has not been accomplished at the school since the mid-1990’s.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked third in the most recent USILA national poll, secured its league-leading 19th NCAC Championship last week with a pair of wins over DePauw, 19-5, and Wooster, 13-6. The title is OWU’s first since 2007 and its first outright league championship since the 2007 season. The wins also raised OWU’s overall record to 14-0, which marks the first time in school history that the Bishops have completed the regular season with an unblemished record. Senior attack Tommy Minkler (Oakton, VA/Landon School), who was credited with the game-winner in both games last week, scored nine points (6g, 3a) on 11 shots and scooped up five groundballs in the two games combined.
WABASH wrapped up its inaugural season of varsity competition with two losses last week against Wittenberg, 17-3, and Denison, 25-1. Freshman Joe Hapak (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) accounted for the Little Giants’ lone goal against the Big Red, while freshman goalie Nolan Morse (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) collected 12 saves in his first collegiate start against Wittenberg.
WITTENBERG defeated Wabash, 17-3, in its conference finale on Wednesday, before taking a 17-14 neutral site decision from Aurora on Saturday in Indianapolis. Senior Ryan Spitzer (Lincolnshire, IL/Stevenson) combined for two goals, one assist and five ground balls in the win over Wabash, while junior Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) scored four goals in Saturday’s victory over Aurora.
WOOSTER trailed by five early in the second half on Tuesday against Albion, but the Scots stormed back and outscored the Britons, 13-6, in the second half to earn the 18-15 victory. The Scots also dropped a 13-6 decision against No. 3 Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday and concluded the regular season on Monday night with an 18-7 setback against No. 19 Denison. Senior attack Pat Henderson (Naperville, IL/Benet Acad.) helped fuel the comeback win at Albion by scoring four of his career-high six goals in the second half.