Ohio Wesleyan (18-0) kept its perfect record intact last week during the first two rounds of the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Bishops opened play in the 32-team tournament with a 14-6 triumph over Carthage (16-4) on Wednesday and advanced to the quarterfinal round with a narrow 12-11 victory over Albion (13-5) on Saturday. Both the first and second round contests were played at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio.
In the opening-round victory over the Red Men, senior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) paced the OWU offensive unit with three goals, while senior goalie Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) made four saves in the crease.
Albion tied the game at 11-11 on Saturday off a goal by Zach Hubbell with 3:44 left in regulation, and OWU senior attacker Edwin Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) was called for a slashing penalty, giving the Britons a man-up situation for the next minute.
Bishops senior midfielder Sam Gioseffi (Harrison, N.Y.) won the ensuing face-off and collected the ground ball, allowing Ohio Wesleyan to kill the penalty. Kyle Foster then rang up the game-winning score on an unassisted goal to put the Bishops ahead, 12-11, with 1:59 to play.
The Bishops will now travel to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 13, for a quarterfinal round matchup against Gettysburg (19-0) at 2:00 p.m. The Batting Bishops, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike Plantholt, will be competing in the quarterfinal round of the Div. III tournament for the first time since 2000 and the 13th time in program history. The Bullets are 6-4 all-time against the Bishops, including a 7-4 triumph over OWU in the opening round of the national tournament in 2012.
Wednesday’s quarterfinal winner will advance to the semifinals on Sunday, May 17, against either Salisbury (17-4) or Lynchburg (19-2) at a site of one of the competing institutions. OWU secured a 9-8 overtime victory over the Sea Gulls earlier this spring in Maryland and also hold a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series against Lynchburg.