Wittenberg (2-0, 5-3), Wooster (2-0, 5-5), Ohio Wesleyan (2-0, 4-4) and nationally-ranked Denison (1-0, 6-1) sit atop the NCAC men’s lacrosse standings after the first two weeks of conference play. NCAC play continues this week with four games scheduled on Saturday, highlighted by Wittenberg visiting Denison.
DENISON, ranked 12th in the most recent USILA poll, opened its NCAC schedule with a convincing 20-4 victory over DePauw. Spencer Butler (Essex Falls, NJ/Millbrook School) led the Big Red with five goals and one assist. Right behind Butler was Will Donohue (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin School) who found the back of the net four times and chipped in with two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Stephen Paras (Barrington, RI/Barrington) picked up the win after making six saves. Denison outshot the Tigers, 53-16, and won the turnover battle, 25-10. The win marked Denison’s sixth-straight.
DEPAUW moved to 3-3 on the season after a 20-4 loss to Denison.
HIRAM dropped its lone conference matchup of the week, falling to Wooster on Saturday, 21-9. Hiram was led by three goals, each, from Tim Stuckey (Bellbrook, OH/Bellbrook) and Hunter Jenkins (Solon, OH/Solon).
KENYON played a couple of close contests last week. Wednesday, the Lords got four goals, including the game-winner, from Emilio Sosa (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) during a 12-11 victory at Otterbein. Saturday, the Lords returned home to face Ohio Wesleyan. Senior Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School) racked up three goals and three assists against the Battling Bishops, but the Lords were defeated, 11-9.
In its lone action of the week, OBERLIN dropped a league game at Wittenberg, 20-8. Senior Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) had a goal and two assists to run his team-leading points total to 22.
OHIO WESLEYAN won its second game in a row and improved to 2-0 in NCAC play after defeating Kenyon, 11-9, on Saturday. Senior midfielder Derek Todd (Edina, MN/Edina) led the Bishops with three goals, while Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) and Peter Hamblett (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth) finished with two goals apiece. Freshman Joey Sichenzia (Sayville, NY/Sayville) recorded seven saves in the Ohio Wesleyan crease.
WABASH traveled to Columbus, Ohio to play a neutral site game against Saint Vincent College. The Little Giants rallied for a pair of late goals, but could not complete the comeback, losing 10-6 to the Bearcats. Andrew Weiland (Carmel, IN/Carmel) led Wabash with three goals, including two in the final five minutes in the Little Giants’ comeback effort. Freshman goaltender Max Atkins (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) recorded nine saves and faced 39 shots in the game.
WITTENBERG improved to 2-0 in NCAC play after defeating Oberlin, 20-8. Jack Strahm (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) and Zach Shy (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) led the Tigers with four goals each, while Noah Moderwell (Libertyville, Il/Libertyville) assisted on five goals in the NCAC win.
WOOSTER improved to 3-0 at home this season as the Scots went to 2-0 in NCAC play after a 21-9 win over Hiram on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Wooster added a 24-7 win over Washington & Jefferson on Monday night. Wooster’s defense has now allowed three or fewer goals in the first half four times this season. On Saturday, junior Jack Gilio (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) scooped up six ground balls to pair with five caused turnovers - all before halftime. In the win over Hiram, junior Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield) became the fourth Scots to reach 10 assists on the season, marking the first time since 2006 that four Wooster players have had double-digit assists in a season.