North Coast men's lacrosse squads opened up the conference portion of their schedules this past weekend, highlighted by DePauw (1-0, 3-3) picking up the programs first ever conference win with a 19-5 triumph over Hiram (0-1, 1-3). Lacrosse action continues this week with five NCAC games scheduled, including four on Saturday.
No. 8 DENISON continued its winnings ways with a pair of spring-break victories last week. The Big Red dominated 18th-ranked St. Mary's (Md.), 18-9, before edging Dickinson, 9-6, to close out their East Coast trip. Eddie Vita (Coronado, CA/Coronado) led the DU attack with nine points after scoring five goals and dishing out four assists, while Luke Walsh (Buffalo, NY/Nichols School/Deerfield Academy) and Blair Farinholt (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's School) also scored five times last week. Ben Hearn (Baltimore, MD/Gilman) and Eric Baumgardner (Washington, DC/Gonzaga College) each collected 13 ground balls, while Baumgardner also won 32-of-47 face-offs. Sophomore goalie Chris Thomas (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) went 2-0 last week, after allowing 11 goals and making 12 saves in 105 minutes between the pipes.
DEPAUW split a pair of games last week, falling to Ill. Wesleyan on Thursday before collecting its first NCAC win in the two-year history of the program with a 19-5 triumph over Hiram. Grant Skipper (Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard) played a key role by winning 45-of-56 faceoffs for the week, including 21-of-23 in the 19-5 win over Hiram. The freshman also connected on both of his shots on goal for the week.
HIRAM dropped to 1-3 on the year after a pair of losses last week, first to non-conference opponent Mount Union on Wednesday, before dropping the NCAC opener to DePauw on Saturday. Douglas Legris (Fairfax, VT/Bellows Free Academy) led the Terriers on the week by registering two goals on seven shots, to go along with two ground balls and one forced turnover.
KENYON'S home opener ended in dramatic fashion after taking one-loss Wittenberg to the brink and scoring the game-winning goal with just 13 seconds left on the clock. Patrick Shevelson (Pleasanton, CA/Foothill) came up with a big save on a grounder before feeding Fritz Waine (Riverside, CT/Greenwich) for the game winner. Waine fired a blast from the left wing that hit the back of the net, guiding the Lords to a 6-5 win. Shevelson made eight saves while Waine scored three times.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of games this past week, falling, 8-5, at Adrian College, before dropping its conference opener to Ohio Wesleyan, 9-5. Senior Connor Jackson (Berkeley, CA/St. Mary's College) scored a pair of goals in each game.
Junior attacker John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) scored to break a 1-1 tie and kick off a 4-1 run that started OHIO WESLEYAN on its way to a win over Oberlin in the NCAC opener for both teams. Senior attacker Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA/Bridgton Academy) led the Bishops with three goals and an assist, while Umbach finished with two goals and an assist.
WITTENBERG split the week with an 11-8 home win versus Otterbein before falling, 6-5, at Kenyon to open the league schedule. Against the Cardinals, senior Jack Bornhofen (Peachtree City, GA/McIntosh) and sophomore Andrew Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the way with three goals apiece.
WOOSTER junior attacker Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) scored five goals and assisted on one, all during the first half of a 16-2 rout of Trine on Wednesday. He then broke a 5-5 tie early in the fourth quarter with Albion via an unassisted goal, one of his two on the day, as he helped the Scots to their best start in team history. The Scots' 7-0 record marks the best start in the program's 47-year history.