Wooster (5-0, 9-5) earned two league victories last week to reach 5-0 for the first time in program history in league play. Nationally-ranked Denison (4-0, 9-1) and Ohio Wesleyan (4-0, 7-4) are the other remaining unbeaten teams in conference play. League action continues this week, highlighted by Denison traveling to Wooster on Wednesday and Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday.
DENISON, ranked 10h in the most recent USILA poll, outscored its opponent’s 47-6 on its way to two NCAC wins. The Big Red began the week with a 26-1 win over Hiram and then followed with a 21-5 win over Oberlin. Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) scored his 100th-career goal against the Yeoman and became just the third player in Denison history to have 100 career goals and 100 career assists. Rooney is now just three assist shy of breaking Denison’s single season assist record of 46. He finished the week with 10 assists, three goals, and a team-leading 13 points. Spencer Butler (Essex Falls, NJ/Millbrook School) was also in double-digit points as the sophomore had six goals and five assists for 11 points.
DEPAUW had a 1-1 week with a win over Wabash and a narrow two-goal loss to Wooster that ended the Tigers three game winning streak. William Dorger (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) paced the Tigers with five goals and shared the team lead with three assists for a team-high eight points.
HIRAM dropped a pair of NCAC matchups last week to Denison and Wabash. Against the Little Giants, the Terriers found themselves deadlocked at 5-5 midway through the second quarter. However, Wabash ended the game on a 7-3 run to snag the four-goal victory. Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) led the Terriers on the week with four goals.
KENYON fell twice last week and struggled on the offensive end in the process. Kenyon scored no more than seven goals in games against Wooster and Wittenberg and dropped its record to 4-6 and 2-3 in NCAC play.
In its lone game of the week, OBERLIN fell to No. 10 Denison, 21-5. Senior Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) had two goals and an assist to run his team-leading point total to 34.
OHIO WESLEYAN improved to 4-0 in NCAC play after defeating Wittenberg last week, 17-14. Sophomore attacker Conor Caffrey (Scituate, MA/Brewster (N.H.) Academy) led the Bishops with three goals and an assist, while Derek Todd (Edina, MN/Edina) and Matt Maier (Summit, NJ/Summit) finished with three goals apiece.
WABASH split a pair of NCAC games last week. The Little Giants lost 15-9 at DePauw on Wednesday, before celebrating Senior Day with a 12-8 win over Hiram to earn the team’s first-ever home NCAC victory in the third year as a varsity program. Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) paced the offensive attack for the Little Giants, scoring a total of six goals in the two games. He tallied a team-high five goals in Saturday’s win over Hiram, including the game-winning goal.
WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC contests last week, falling to Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday, before defeating Kenyon on Saturday, 13-7. Senior David Strahm (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) led the Tigers with three goals, four caused turnovers and 12 ground balls.
WOOSTER improved to 5-0 in NCAC play for the first time in program history with Saturday’s 11-9 win over DePauw, and in fact, already have matched the program record for most league wins in a season. In its midweek tilt, Wooster topped Kenyon, 11-6. Senior Josh Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) moved up to sixth on the program’s all-time points list and now has 179 after a nine-point week.