Denison (0-0, 4-0), Wittenberg (0-0, 4-0), Wooster (0-0, 3-0) and Hiram (0-0, 1-0) have all jumped out to perfect starts to the 2014 season early on during non-conference action. NCAC squads return to action this week with one game scheduled for Tuesday and Friday and five scheduled for both Wednesday and Saturday.
No. 8 DENISON improved to 4-0 on the season after a 24-2 win over Hope on Friday night. Denison's NCAC opener with Wooster, scheduled for Sunday, March 9, was postponed due to overnight snowfall in Wooster. Eighteen different players scored at least one goal in the win over Hope.
DEPAUW picked up the second win in program history after defeating Hope on Saturday. Robert Lapp (Chicago, IL/Loyola Academy) scored three goals in the win, while Ryan Mauro (Wexford, PA/North Allegheny) and Adam Bridges (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) added two each. Tom Kryspin (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Ludlowe) turned away 20 shots in goal.
HIRAM opened its 2014 season with an 8-4 win over Franciscan on Saturday. Sophomore attacker Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary's) posted three goals on eight shots to lead the Terriers. Hiram returns to action Wednesday (3/12) as they host Thiel at 6:00 p.m.
KENYON hit the road for a pair of non-conference spring break games last week. Despite two goals apiece from Justin Coleman (Saunderstown, RI/Portsmouth Abbey) and Phil Alimam (San Rafael, CA/St. Ignatius Prep) on Wednesday, the Lords dropped a 15-6 decision at Franklin & Marshall. Saturday, sophomore attack Trey Trudell (Newtown, CT/Newtow) notched a six-point game and helped the Lords rebound with an 11-3 win at Drew University.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-1 week, dropping a 6-5 heart-breaking overtime decision to Albion before bouncing back with an 11-3 win over Capital. Fifth-year senior Connor Jackson (Berkley, CA/St. Mary's) netted a hat trick in the win over the Crusaders.
Senior midfielder Spencer Schnell (Dublin, OH/Jerome) scored to give OHIO WESLEYAN an early lead, but fifth-ranked Salisbury assembled a pair of 4-0 runs on the way to a non-conference win. Schnell led the Bishops with three goals and an assist. Junior Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) was credited with 13 saves.
WITTENBERG achieved a 4-0 start for just the second time since the varsity program returned to campus in 1983 with a dramatic 11-10 win over Aurora and a 13-3 victory at Saint Vincent last week. Sophomore Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) scored the game-winner with just two seconds left against Aurora, and went on to lead the Tigers with seven goals and three assists on the week. Junior Sean Kelleher (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) was not far off Fuss' pace with five goals and two assists.
WOOSTER freshman attacker Josh Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) was part of five of the Scots' 11 scores with two goals and three assists, as they moved to 3-0 on the season with an 11-7 victory over Adrian. One of his three assists went to his older brother, junior Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson), that score giving Wooster a 3-2 lead early in the second quarter. Josh Herold then netted an unassisted score at the end of the quarter for a 4-2 halftime cushion.