As we enter the final week of the 2018 NCAC men’s lacrosse season, nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (6-0, 12-2) controls its own destiny for the program’s 20th league championship and its second title in the last four years. The seeds for the conference tournament will be announced this week as the NCAC regular season schedule officially comes to a close on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked sixth in the most recent USILA poll, went 1-1 last week, defeating Wooster, 12-5, before falling to No. 12 Ohio Wesleyan, 13-8. Denison and Ohio Wesleyan were meeting for the 100th time on Sunday in Granville.
DEPAUW accomplished a pair of firsts in the six-year history of the program last week following victories over Wittenberg and Hiram. Ben Davis (Shaker Heights, OH/University School) led DePauw with seven goals and three assists on the week. The Tigers’ current four-game win streak is the longest and the four NCAC wins this season are the most. The Tigers have already set the single-season record for goals.
HIRAM dropped an NCAC decision to DePauw on Saturday afternoon. In the loss, senior Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) tallied a trio of goals, becoming the first Terrier in school history to hit the century mark for a career.
KENYON played just one game last week and scored a 15-10 home win over Oberlin. Junior attack Nick Vitale (Saint Joseph, MI/St. Joseph’s (IN)) led the Lords offense with five goals and two assists. Josh Galardi (San Francisco, CA/University) and Will Robbins (Corte Madera, CA/Marin Academy) both contributed five-point games in the win.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-1 week, dropping a tight 15-10 decision at Kenyon, before bouncing back with a commanding 13-2 win against Wabash on Senior Day. A total of 13 Yeomen scored a goal over the two games with first-year Thomas Berle Carman (Stockbridge, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon) cashing in three. Sophomore goalie Calvin Filson (Williamstown, MA/Mt. Greylock Regional) made 16 saves and turned away 57 percent of the shots he saw in just under 99 minutes of action.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 12th in the most recent USILA poll, picked up a pair of key NCAC victories last week to vault to the top of the conference standings, highlighted by a 13-8 win over No. 6 Denison in the 100th meeting between the two rivals. Junior attacker Steven Hildebrand (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) led the Bishops over the Big Red with three goals and two assists, scoring all three goals in the first quarter to help OWU build an early 6-1 lead.
WABASH lost two NCAC games last week, beginning with a 20-6 loss to No. 12 Ohio Wesleyan at home on Wednesday. The Little Giants dropped a 13-2 contest at Oberlin Saturday. Max Atkins (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) made a career-best 22 saves in the game at Oberlin Saturday. He finished the week with 40 saves. Jake Taylor (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton-Warrenville South) scored three goals on six shots in two games for the Little Giants.
WITTENBERG split NCAC matches last week, falling to DePauw on Wednesday but defeating Wooster, 12-11, on Saturday. Noah Moderwell (Libertyville, Il/Libertyville) led Wittenberg in the come-from-behind win, scoring five goals, including the game-winner and adding an assists for six total points.
WOOSTER senior Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield) became the seventh player in program history to score his 100th goal during Saturday’s one-goal loss at Wittenberg. Wooster has two student-athletes with over 60 groundballs on the season for the second straight year thanks to senior Jack Gilio’s (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) five on Saturday that upped his season haul to 61. Freshman Connor Mangan (Sewickley, PA/Quaker Valley) continues to lead the team with 67.