North Coast men’s lacrosse teams kicked off the league portion of the 2016 schedule in earnest last week with three games on Saturday, led by eighth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 6-2) topping Oberlin (0-1, 1-4) by a 19-9 margin.
DENISON, ranked eighth in the most recent USILA poll, won a pair of games against nationally ranked opponents at the Greene Turtle Classic hosted by Stevenson University. Denison knocked off No. 18 Dickinson, 9-7 and followed that with a 16-12 win over No. 9 Nazareth. Blair Farinholt (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s School) scored five goals and three assists in the two wins and Teddy Sawyer (Lutherville, MD/McDonogh School) led the defense with 12 ground balls, one assist and seven caused turnovers.
DEPAUW saw its three-game winning streak snapped in its NCAC opener with Kenyon. Matthew Dauw (Canoga Park, CA/Chamindae Prep) continues to lead the Tigers with nine goals and shares the team lead with Ben Sherman (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) with 14 points. Sheman also leads with seven assists.
HIRAM dropped a pair of contests last week. On Wednesday, the Terriers fell to Muskingum, 12-10. Sophomores Justin Dionne (Orlando, FL/Timber Creek) and Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) each tallied two goals and two assists. Hiram then fell to Wittenberg in the NCAC opener for both teams by a 19-1 count. Senior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) scored the lone goal for Hiram.
The KENYON offense kicked into high gear and scored 20 or more goals in two wins last week. Wednesday, the Lords traveled to Adrian and came up with a 20-2 non-conference win. Saturday, the Lords headed to DePauw and won their conference opener, 21-6, over the Tigers. Sophomore Josh Galardi (San Francisco, CA/University) had combined totals of seven goals and four assists in the two games.
OBERLIN had a rough week, falling to Baldwin Wallace, 12-3, before hosting Ohio Wesleyan and dropping the Saturday afternoon matchup, 19-9. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead and kept the Yeomen scoreless in the second half to pick up the non-conference win. Reese Koburov (Woodridge, IL/Benet Academy) and Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) were the top scores against the high-powered Bishops, tallying two goals each in the loss.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 11th in the most recent USILA poll, opened its title defense of the NCAC last week by defeating Oberlin, 19-9, on Saturday. Freshman Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) continued his solid opening of his first-year, leading the Bishops with four goals and one assist for five points in the victory.
WABASH lost two games last week, starting with a 12-8 home loss to Southwestern, before suffering a 21-5 defeat in the conference opener against Wooster Saturday. Freshman Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) scored five goals in the two games combined, including a three-goal effort against Wooster.
WITTENBERG won a pair of games last week to run its win streak to three as the Tigers have now won four of their last five. Wittenberg opened the week with a 15-14 non-conference victory against Capital, before opening the conference portion of its schedule Saturday with an impressive 19-1 victory over Hiram. Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the Tigers on the week with four goals and two assists for six total points, to go along with six groundballs.
WOOSTER closed its spring break trip to the Philadelphia area with a thrilling 13-12 overtime win at Swarthmore when Matt Parmelee (South Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury) scored an unassisted goal just 33 seconds into the extra session, then the Fighting Scots opened up NCAC play with a decisive 21-5 victory at Wabash.