Denison (2-1), DePauw (2-1) and Wabash (2-1) are the three NCAC squads over .500 after another week of non-conference play. Going into the final week of non-conference action before league play begins on March 18th, eight of the nine league teams will be in action with a number teams on spring break trips.
DENISON, ranked 17th in the most recent USILA poll, earned a non-conference victory over visiting Albion. The Big Red outshot the Britons, 53-26, en route to a 22-9 victory. Sophomore Henry DeCamp (Washington, DC/Deerfield Academy) was the x-factor as he was successful in 21 of his 26 face-offs. To go along with his one goal, DeCamp also had a career-high 16 ground balls, two shy of the single-game record set by Kurt Himy against Mount Union in 1986. Offensively, Denison was led by Spencer Butler (Essex Falls, NJ/Millbrook School) and Alex Paulus (Bath, ME/Morse) who both scored four goals apiece, while Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) had a team high four assists.
DEPAUW moved to 2-1 on the season with a 17-5 win over Calvin last Saturday. Steen Jorgensen (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier), Adam Bridges (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) and Austin MacDonald (Dayton, OH/Oakwood) each had three goals in the win. Donny Bleifuss (Naperville, IL/Naperville North) led DePauw with 12 ground balls and caused three turnovers.
HIRAM went 1-1 last week in its first two matches of the season. The Terriers fell to Muskingum in overtime by a final score of 11-10. The Terrier bounced back in their home opener, defeating Alfred State, 16-12. Freshman Tim Stucky (Bellbrook, OH/Bellbrook)tied the single-game school record for goals in a game with six in the win on Saturday.
KENYON was idle last week.
OBERLIN notched its first win of the season, knocking off Olivet, 11-9. Sophomore Jay Messina (Weston, MA/Weston) led the Yeomen effort with a career-day, netting four goals to accompany a pair of assists. Senior Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) also had six points on four assists and two scores, while classmate Kinori Rosnow (Kirkland, WA/Overlake) was 19-of-22 in the face-off circle.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 13th in the most recent USILA poll, dropped a pair of non-conference contests last week, falling to Ill. Wesleyan and Salisbury. Sophomore Conor Caffrey (Scituate, MA/Brewster (N.H.) Academy) led the Bishops on the week with nine points on eight goals and one assist. Caffrey also collected four ground balls and caused two turnovers.
WABASH split a pair of games to open its spring break schedule. The Little Giants defeated Mount St. Joseph, 17-7, Friday night before losing, 8-6, to Piedmont Sunday. Steven Stark (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) tallied seven goals and two assists for the weekend for Wabash. He scored three goals and had two helpers in the loss to Piedmont, helping the Little Giants erase an 8-4 deficit heading into the fourth period in an attempt to rally for the win.
WITTENBERG was idle last week.
WOOSTER was idle last week.