NCAC Weekly Release (4-27-15) - Men's Lacrosse

NCAC Weekly Release (4-27-15) - Men's Lacrosse

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Top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (16-0) claimed the 2015 NCAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament title on Saturday afternoon in Delaware with a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over arch-rival and second-seeded Denison (13-4). With the victory, the Battling Bishops have earned the NCAC’s automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The championship bracket is set to be announced on May 3rd, with first round action scheduled for May 6th.

Battling Bishop freshman Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) scored the game-winning goal with 33 seconds left in overtime to secure the one-goal victory for OWU. Leyden, who added an assist for two total points on the game, intercepted a Denison clearing pass and broke in on the Big Red keeper and found the back of the net to give the Bishops the win.

Denison forced overtime when James Meager (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) found the back of the net with just 32 seconds remaining in regulation off a pass from Blair Farinholt (Richmond, VA/ St. Christopher’s School) in a man-up situation after a Bishop penalty. Farinholt led Denison offensively, finishing the game with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. Denison outshot Ohio Wesleyan, 36-29, and won 13-of-21 faceoff attempts.

Denison junior Clark Bullington (Houston, TX/Strake Jesuit College Prep) corralled seven saves in net for the Big Red, while Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) racked up 10 saves for Ohio Wesleyan.

Ohio Wesleyan senior Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms (CT)) finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Bishops with three points, while midfielder Brendan Bouchard (Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) picked up a pair of points on two goals.

In the semifinals on Wednesday, Ohio Wesleyan senior attack John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) led the Bishops with six points (3g, 3a) to lead the squad in a 15-3 victory over third-seeded Kenyon (9-7), while DU sophomore Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) scored four of his game-high five goals in the first half to lead the Big Red in a 19-5 victory over fourth-seeded Wittenberg (9-6).