Denison wrapped up its 17th North Coast men’s lacrosse championship with a perfect 8-0 record this season after knocking off Wabash, 25-1, on Saturday. Ohio Wesleyan, which finished second in the conference standings with a 7-1 mark in conference play, leads all league teams with with 19 conference championships, while Wittenberg has two and Kenyon and Wooster each boast one league title.
As league champions, the Big Red will enter the 2017 NCAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Wooster (5-3) on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. In the first meeting this year between the two teams, DU collected a 17-6 win at Wooster on April 12. In the other semifinal game on Wednesday night, second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (7-1) will entertain the third seed Wittenberg (6-2) at 7:00 p.m. in Delaware. The Bishops narrowly defeated the Tigers by a 17-14 margin in their regular season meeting on April 4th. The tournament championship game is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round. The winner of the NCAC Tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
DENISON, ranked eigth in the most recent USILA poll, captured its 17th NCAC Championships with wins over Kenyon and Wabash last week. Seniors Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) and Will Donohue (Charlotte, NC/Latin School) combined for 28 points in two games. Rooney tallied five goals and 11 assists. His 10 assists against Wabash tied the Denison single-game record. It also broke the NCAC single-season record (62) and the Denison career-assist record (136). Donohue scored 11 goals and had one assist on the week. He scored his 100th-career goal against Wabash.
DEPAUW finished its fifth season at 8-6 for its first winning season. Junior midfielder Ben Sherman (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) scored five goals and assisted on one in the win against Oberlin on Saturday to secure the winning season.
HIRAM saw its 2017 season draw to a close with a pair of losses. The Terriers fell to Oberlin on Tuesday night, 29-1, and then fell at Kenyon on Saturday, 36-9.
KENYON suffered a 23-5 home loss Wednesday to nationally-ranked Denison, but bounced back to close out the 2017 season with a bang, defeating Hiram, 36-9, Saturday at Henry Field. The team’s 36 goals and 55 points set new program standards. Additionally, senior Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School) set the new program single-game record with 14 points on six goals and eight assists.
OBERLIN concluded its season by downing Hiram, 29-1, before dropping a 16-11 contest against DePauw. Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) led the Yeomen in the win with eight goals and finished with 12 points with another four assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN secured the second seed going into the NCAC Tournament after sophomore attack Conor Caffrey (Scituate, MA/Brewster (N.H.) Academy) led the Bishops with three goals and seven assists for 10 total points combined in wins against DePauw and Wooster.
WABASH closed out its third varsity season of lacrosse with a pair of losses to Wittenberg and Denison. Tucker Dixon (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) scored the lone goal versus Denison and added an assist versus Wittenberg for a two-point week.
WITTENBERG split a pair of contests last week, knocking off Wabash on Tuesday to secure the third-seed in the NCAC Tournament, before falling to Aurora on Saturday.
WOOSTER dropped its regular-season finale, 18-8, to Ohio Wesleyan, but will be the fourth seed in this week’s NCAC Tournament. This is the second straight year the Scots have qualified for the NCAC Tournament. Wooster led Ohio Wesleyan early at 3-2, and later in the game, senior Josh Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) scored his 95th career goal to move past older brother Tom for ninth in the program annals.