Ohio Wesleyan senior Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) and the Denison duo of junior Chris Broderick (Hingham, MA/Thayer Academy) and senior Henry DeCamp (Washington, DC/Deerfield Academy) were named the Players of the Year to highlight the 2019 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse team after balloting by the league coaches.
DeCamp, who claims his third-consecutive selection to the All-NCAC first team, earned the NCAC Specialist of the Year Award for the third year in a row after dominating his opponents at the faceoff x this season, winning 198-of-300 attempts for a remarkable .660 average through 13 games thus far. He posted double-digit wins at the faceoff x in 10 different games this season, highlighted by a 24-for-28 showing in a win over Wooster on May 2, which was his second game back from an injury sustained in early April. The 24 faceoff wins set a new Denison single-game record, while he also tied his own single-game record with 20 ground balls in the win over the Fighting Scots. After earning a 17-11 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC Championship game, DeCamp and the Big Red posted a 12-6 victory over Concordia Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Broderick, who elevated to the first team from the honorable mention squad in 2017, is the fourth Denison player to earn the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year Award and first since Ben Duhoski won the award two seasons ago. The junior helped lead the Big Red’s defensive unit that allowed just 7.50 goals-per-game in league play and 8.69 through 19 games. Individually, Broderick has accumulated 61 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers from his midfield position, while also contributing in the offensive zone with one goal and three assists. He caused a season-high four turnovers in a win over Hiram on April 23, before scooping up a season-high eight ground balls in Denison’s last regular-season game, a win over Ohio Wesleyan on April 27.
Tennant, who is making back-to-back appearances on the All-NCAC first team this spring, is the third Battling Bishop player to earn the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year Award and first since Marcus Dietz collected the accolades in 2015. The senior led the league with 78 goals in 19 games. He scored three or more goals on 15 different occasions this year, highlighted by a season-high 10-goal effort in a win over Wabash on April 17, which tied the OWU record. The 2016 NCAC Newcomer of the Year also recorded 42 ground balls, nine assists and caused seven turnovers. As a team, Ohio Wesleyan currently ranks first in the NCAC in both goals-per-game with 16.89 and shots-on-goal percentage with a .648.
Denison senior midfielder Jake Waxter (Baltimore, MD/Gilman) is making his third-consecutive appearance on the first team, while four other league players were named to the first team for the second year in a row, including Denison senior attack Spencer Butler (Essex Fells, NJ/Millbrook School), junior defender Sam Dyson (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and junior attack Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) and Ohio Wesleyan senior attack Steven Hildebrand (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga). In 2017, Butler was a second-team selection, while Hildebrand claimed honorable mention laurels.
Two Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielders made the jump to the top team after earning second-team certificates a season ago, Cole Jamieson (Okemos, MI/Okemos) and Jack Jeschke (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy). Four additional players make their All-NCAC debuts on the top team this year, including Denison junior defender Richie Bartozzi (Bethesda, MD/The Heights School), freshman short stick midfielder Michael Bomes (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) and sophomore goalie Reeves McKenney (Roanoke, VA/Culver Academy) and Ohio Wesleyan freshman defender Miles Rathell (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley).
In addition to first-team honors, Rathell was named the 2019 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the league's top player in his first year of collegiate competition. The rookie played an integral role on the Bishops’ defensive unit this season with 31 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers, which included tallying his season-high ground balls with four in a win over Kenyon on March 23. Rathell is the first Ohio Wesleyan player to earn the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year honor since Tennant in 2016.
Finally, Denison head coach Michael Caravana was named the 2019 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career after he guided the Big Red to their 18th NCAC championship with a perfect 8-0 regular-season record. Denison went on to claim the 2019 NCAC Tournament Title and opened the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament with a 12-6 victory over Concordia Wisconsin to advance to the third round.