Nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (4-0, 10-0) and Denison (4-0, 9-2) currently share the top spot in the NCAC men’s lacrosse standings; however, that tie will be broken this Sunday as the Bishops are set to host the Big Red at 1:00 p.m. in Delaware. There are seven additional league games on the slate this week, led by Kenyon (3-2, 6-5) traveling to Oberlin (1-3, 5-6) on Wednesday and Wooster (3-2 8-4) hosting Wittenberg (3-2, 5-5) on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked 16th in the most recent USILA national poll, ran its current winning streak to nine-straight with a pair of league wins last week against Hiram, 15-1, on Tuesday and Oberlin, 13-6, on Saturday. Fourteen Big Red players notched a goal last week, led by senior attack Nick Caravana (Granville, OH/Granville) who scored eight points on the week with five goals and three assists.
DEPAUW topped arch-rival Wabash, 20-4, on Thursday before falling at home on Saturday against Wooster by a 14-3 margin. In the Tigers’ first-ever varsity matchup against Wabash, freshman midfielder Andrew Wright (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/South) led the charge with eight total points (5g, 3a), six groundballs and one caused turnover.
HIRAM split a pair of conference games last week, falling against No. 16 Denison, 15-1, on Tuesday before posting a 14-9 win at Wabash on Saturday. Junior attack Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) scored four times against the Little Giants, while junior attack Garet Johnston (Kent, OH/Wooster) recorded a career-high three goals in the win.
KENYON scored nine fourth-quarter goals en route to collecting a 15-8 come-from-behind victory over Wooster on Tuesday, but the Lords’ momentum was halted on Saturday with a 10-4 loss at Wittenberg. Sophomore attack Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School), who scored four times during Kenyon’s fourth-quarter flurry against Wooster, finished the week with six goals, one assist, three groundballs and three caused turnovers.
OBERLIN earned a 9-6 win over Mount Union on Wednesday, before falling against No. 16 Denison, 13-6, on Saturday. Junior attack Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge) led the Yeomen with two goals and one assist in the win over the Purple Raiders, while sophomore attack Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) scored a career-high four goals in the loss against the Big Red.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked fourth in the most recent USILA national poll, scored a convincing 18-4 victory over Wittenberg on Tuesday in its only action last week. Senior attack John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) led the Bishops’ offensive unit with six points (5g, 1) in the victory, while senior goalie Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) made four saves during the first three quarters of action.
WABASH lost a pair of league games last week, starting with a 20-4 loss against DePauw on Thursday in the first-ever varsity matchup between the two rival schools. The Little Giants also suffered a 14-9 home loss against Hiram on Saturday. Freshman midfielder Zach Scarano (Silver Spring, MD/Montgomery Blair) scored three goals in the Little Giants’ loss against Hiram, freshman midfielder Austin Crosley (Indianapolis, IN/Southport) added two goals in the rivalry game against DePauw.
WITTENBERG suffered an 18-4 loss against No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday, but the Tigers responded on Saturday by posting their first win over Kenyon since the 2011 season with a 10-4 decision over the Lords. In the win over KC, senior midfielder Ryan Spitzer (Lincolnshire, IL/Stevenson) led the Tigers with three goals, while senior goalie Jay Dolan (Andover, MA/Phillips Acad.) amassed a .778 save-percentage after stopping 14 of the 18 shots he faced on goal.
WOOSTER led for three quarters on Tuesday at Kenyon, but the Lords erupted for nine fourth-quarter goals to post a 15-8 victory; however, the Scots bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 14-3 triumph at DePauw. Senior attack Pat Henderson (Naperville, IL/Benet Acad.) scored a first-quarter goal against Kenyon on Tuesday, before exploding for a career-high six goals in the Scots’ 11-goal victory over the Tigers on Saturday. He is now the first Wooster player to score six goals in a game since Matt Ranck accomplished the feat in a 19-6 win over Thiel in 2013.