NCAC Collects IMLCA West Region Honors

Ohio Wesleyan senior Peter Hamblett (left), Ohio Wesleyan Coach Staff (middle) and Denison sophomore Peter Pitroff (right) all earned major IMLCA awards
Ohio Wesleyan senior Peter Hamblett (left), Ohio Wesleyan Coach Staff (middle) and Denison sophomore Peter Pitroff (right) all earned major IMLCA awards

Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielder Peter Hamblett (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth), Denison sophomore Peter Pitroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) and the OWU coaching staff all garnered major IMLCA West Region awards announced by the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Hamblett was a first-team All-Region selection and was named the region's Defensive Player of the Year following a season after he finished with 32 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Hamblett contributed 14 goals and 12 assists on the offensive end.

Pitroff, who joins Hamblett as a first-team All-Region selection was named the region’s Offensive Player of the Year. Adding to his NCAC Offensive Player of the Year award, Pittroff led Denison with 74 assists and 107 points, while placing third on the team with 33 goals.

The OWU coaching staff that consists of Head Coach Mike Plantholt and assistants Mike Delia, Scott Singer, and Rodney Tapp was named West Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Ohio Wesleyan finished with a 17-4 overall record.  The Battling Bishops won the North Coast Athletic Conference championship with an 8-0 record in conference play, and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament.

In addition, the North Coast Athletic Conference was well represented on the IMLCA All-Region selections. A total of 14 NCAC student-athletes were named to one of the three All-West Region Teams.

Joining Hamblett and Pitroff on the first team was Ohio Wesleyan junior attackers Steven Hildebrand (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) and Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek), OWU senior midfielder Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Mt. Hermon), Wooster senior midfielder Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield), Denison junior face-off specialist Henry DeCamp (Washington, D.C./Deerfield Acad.), Denison senior defender Ben Duhoski (St. Thomas, USVI/The Millbrook School), Ohio Wesleyan senior defender Aaron Carroll (Baltimore, MD/Gilman School), Denison senior defender Liam Burman (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin School) and Ohio Wesleyan senior goalie Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur).

The two NCAC student-athletes named to the second-team were Denison junior attack Jake Waxter (Baltimore, MD/Gilman School) and Denison sophomore long-stick midfielder Sam Dyson (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), while Denison junior attack Spencer Butler (Essex Falls, NJ/Millbrook School) earned honorable-mention honors.