Nationally-ranked Denison (4-0, 10-1) and Ohio Wesleyan (4-0, 9-2) currently share the top spot in the NCAC men’s lacrosse standings; however, that tie will be broken this Saturday as the Big Red are set to host the Bishops at 1:00 p.m. in Granville.
DENISON, ranked sixth in the most recent USILA poll, won their eighth and ninth-straight games of the year last week following NCAC wins over Hiram, 28-4, and Oberlin, 11-8. Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) led DU with three goals and six assists. Josh Happ (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) posted nine ground balls and five caused turnovers in the two contests. DU will travel to Wooster on Wednesday, before hosting Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
DEPAUW moved to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC after splitting games last week, including an 18-9 win at Wabash and a 14-8 loss at Wooster. Andrew Wright (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/Grosse Pointe South) scored five goals and assisted on two in the win at Wabash, while Austin MacDonald (Dayton, OH/Oakwood) added four goals.
HIRAM dropped two games last week to No. 4 Denison and Wabash. Senior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) had a goal and an assist at Denison and added five goals in the loss to Wabash. Sophomore Justin Dionne (Orlando, FL/Timber Creek) and sophomore Evan Pinney (Richfield, OH/Revere) each had three assists against Wabash.
KENYON won a couple of conference games and boosted it’s overall record to 9-2, the program’s best mark since the 2008 season. Tuesday, the Lords got five goals and an assist from Chris Ferraro (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) en route to an 18-8 win at Wooster. Saturday, the Lords held off a tough Wittenberg team and used three goals and two assists from sophomore Josh Galardi (San Francisco, CA/University) to ring up a 7-6 victory.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-1 week, outlasting Wash. & Jeff., 7-5, before hanging tough with No. 4 Denison in a tight 11-8 loss. Senior Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) scored three goals and had an assist against the Big Red, while classmate Miles Brook (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades School) made 12 saves, marking his fifth-straight game with double-digit stops.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 10th in the most recent USILA poll, improved to a perfect 4-0 in NCAC play after defeating Wittenberg, 17-8, in the Bishops lone contest last week. Senior attacker Marcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) led the Bishops with three goals and four assists, while Matt Maier (Summit, NJ/Summit) compiled three goals and three assists. Junior Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur) went the distance in the Ohio Wesleyan goal, finishing with 10 saves.
WABASH split a pair of NCAC games last week, losing 18-9 at home to DePauw before posting the squad’s first-ever conference win at Hiram Sunday with a 19-12 victory. Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) finished the week with five goals and one assist for a total of six points. He scored a team-best four goals in the win versus Hiram.
WITTENBERG has now lost three-straight NCAC contests after falling to Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon last week. Freshman TJ Smith (Atlanta, GA/The Marist School) scored three goals, collected one ground ball and caused one turnover to lead the Tigers.
WOOSTER dropped its first NCAC game of the year to Kenyon on Tuesday by an 18-8 score, then responded with a 14-8 victory over DePauw Saturday to move to 4-1 in the conference. Jack Gilio (New Caanan, CT/New Caanan) continued his standout play as a long-stick midfielder, piling up 13 groundballs on the week, and he made an impact on the offensive end with three goals and one assist.