North Coast men’s lacrosse teams kicked off the league portion of the 2017 schedule in earnest last week with four games on Saturday. Wittenberg (1-0, 3-3), Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 3-4), Wooster (1-0, 3-4) and Kenyon (1-0, 2-3) all collected victories. NCAC play continues this week with four games scheduled on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked 17th in the most recent USILA poll, ran its winning streak to five with convincing victories over No. 10 Dickinson, 11-3, and Nazareth, 17-6, at the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson. Senior Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) scored seven goals and had 10 assists in the two games. His 11 points against Nazareth was one shy of tying the Denison single-game record.
DEPAUW moved to 3-2 on the season after splitting a pair of contests last week, defeating Hanover and falling to Kenyon to open NCAC play. Steen Jorgensen (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) led DePauw with five goals and seven total points for the week, including two goals against Hanover and three versus Kenyon along with two assists.
HIRAM dropped its lone matchup of the week, falling in conference play to Wittenberg, 20-6.Freshman Tim Stucky (Bellbrook, OH/Bellbrook) tallied his fourth hat trick of the season, and has now produced at least three goals in every game of his collegiate career.
KENYON played its first conference game last week, winning 13-5 over DePauw. That snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lords and improved their record to 2-3. Junior Chris Ferraro (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) tied for the game-high with three goals and led the Lords with seven ground balls in the win.
OBERLIN split a pair of contests last week, taking a non-conference battle from Thiel, 13-6, on Wednesday, before falling to Ohio Wesleyan, 21-6, on Saturday. Against the Tomcats, Jack Fabrizio (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) and first-year Regan Chasney (Towson, MD/Boys’ Latin) tallied a hat-trick in the win. In the Saturday loss, Reese Koburov (Woodridge, IL/Benet Academy) led the way with a hat-trick.
OHIO WESLEYAN, opened up conference play last week with an impressive 21-6 win against Oberlin on Saturday. Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) and Conor Caffrey (Scituate, MA/Brewster (NH) Academy) each had four goals and an assist to lead the Bishops. Freshman Joey Sichenzia (Sayville, NY/ Sayville) stopped nine shots in the first 33 minutes in the Ohio Wesleyan crease.
WABASH lost a non-conference home match to Cornell, 17-16, before traveling to Wooster Saturday to open NCAC play with a 20-7 loss to the Scots. Sophomore midfielder Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) struck for six goals and tallied five assists to score 11 points for the week for the Little Giants. Steven Stark (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) scored six goals and handed out three assists in the two games.
WITTENBERG split a pair of games last week, falling to Cleveland State on Thursday before defeating Hiram, 20-6, to open up conference play on Saturday. Senior Zach Shy (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored three goals and added two assists on the week to lead the Tigers.
WOOSTER opened league play with a 20-7 win over Wabash, marking the third-straight year the Scots opened NCAC action with a win. Wooster held two of its three opponents to single-digit goals last week with junior Jack Gilio (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) leading the way defensively with nine caused turnovers. Senior Josh Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) paced the offense with six goals and six assists on the week.