North Coast men’s lacrosse teams kicked off the league portion of the 2018 schedule in earnest last week with Denison (5-0, 1-0) knocking off DePauw (3-3, 0-1) on Saturday and Kenyon (4-2, 1-0) taking down Wabash (1-4, 0-1) on Sunday. NCAC play continues this week with four games scheduled on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked third in the most recent USILA poll, improved to 5-0 after wins over Albion, 18-1, and DePauw, 16-2. In two games, Henry DeCamp (Washington, DC/Deerfield Academy) was 34-of-36 (.944) when facing off with 27 ground balls. Against DePauw, DeCamp was a perfect 21-for-21 with 20 ground balls. Both were Denison single-game records. The 21 faceoff wins broke the previous record of 18 set by Warner Siebert in 2005. The 20 ground balls broke a 32-year old record of 18 that was set by Kurt Himy in 1986.
DEPAUW split its two games during the week to move to 3-3 on the season. The Tigers defeated Hanover on Wednesday, before falling in their NCAC opener on Saturday to Denison. Ben Davis (Shaker Heights, OH/University School) and William Dorger (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) each scored three goals in the win over Hanover.
HIRAM is off to its best start in program history after grabbing a pair of wins last week. The Terriers improved to 3-1 behind a pair of record-breaking performances.In a weather-shortened game against Franciscan, Hiram tallied a program-best 19 goals in a 19-8 win. Senior Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) tied a single-game best with seven goals, finishing with eight points. Hiram then defeated Mount St. Joseph, 13-4, tying a program best for scoring defense. Sophomore Hunter Jenkins (Solon, OH/Solon) also broke the Hiram record for assists (5). The Terriers have now won three straight, outscoring opponents by a 14-6 average in that span.
KENYON went 1-1 last week after falling on the road to eighth-ranked Salisbury and defeating Wabash, 25-2, in its NCAC opener. Kenyon, which sports a 4-2 record this season, travels to Roanoke and DePauw this week.
OBERLIN earned a pair of thrilling come-from-behind victories, nipping Thiel, 8-7, at home before earning a 9-8 overtime win at Mount Union on Saturday. It was senior Ian McCague (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Academy) who provided the game-winner with 100 seconds left to play against the Tomcats, while rookie Tom Decker (Bethesda, MD/Maret School) was the hero against the Purple Raiders. Sophomore goalie Calvin Filson (Williamstown, MA/Mt. Greylock Regional) also did his part with 23 saves over the two wins.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 18th in the most recent USILA poll, improved to 5-1 following a 17-4 victory against Alma. Senior midfielder Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) led the Bishops with three goals and two assists, while junior attacker Jack Jeschke (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and Lucas Smith (Purcellville, VA/Woodgrove) each contributed two goals and an assist.
WABASH lost three games during its spring break, including its conference opener at Kenyon by a score of 25-2. The Little Giants fell 8-5 at Piedmont in Georgia to start the week prior to an 11-7 loss to at William Peace in North Carolina. Tucker Dixon (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) scored six goals during the three-game stretch along with an assist for a total of seven points.
WITTENBERG dropped a pair of non-conference contests last week, falling to Otterbein and Colorado College.
WOOSTER overcame a four-goal halftime deficit with a 10-2 second half against OAC rival Capital on Wednesday night. The Scots have now outscored the opposition 17-3 in the third period during Wooster’s three wins this season. Senior Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield) led the Scots with five goals and an assist in the win.