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NCAC Weekly Release (4-28-14) - Men's Lacrosse

NCAC Weekly Release (4-28-14) - Men's Lacrosse

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Top-seeded Denison (7-0, 17-0) claimed the NCAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship with an 14-5 victory over second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (6-1, 12-4) on Saturday, April 26th, in Granville, Ohio. With the victory, the Big Red have earned the NCAC’s automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Championship field is set to be announced May 4th, with first round action scheduled for May 7th. 

Denison defeated Wittenberg (4-3, 10-5), 18-3, on Wednesday to advance to the championship game against the Bishops. The Big Red leaned on sophomore Brain Farinholt (Richmond, VA/St Christopher’s School) who scored two of his game-high three goals in the first quarter, while senior Eddie Vita (Coronado, CA/Coronado) led all players by registering four points on one goal and three assists. Denison, which led 9-2 at the half, outshot Wittenberg, 60-16, and won 22-of-24 faceoffs. In the championship game, the Big Red used a balanced scoring attack in the contest with six different players finding the back of the net, led by a five-goal, one-assist performance from freshman Luke Walsh (Buffalo, NY/Deerfield Acad.). Denison sophomore Eric Baumgardner (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College) led the Big Red with six groundballs and was also 13-of-22 on face-off attempts, while sophomore Clark Bullington (Houston, TX/Strake Jesuit Prep) made 13 saves in goal. Joining Farinholt, Vita, Walsh, Baumgardner and Bullington was senior Austin Campbell (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) and junior Drew Newman (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) on the all-tournament team. Bullington, who made 17 saves in the two games, was named the Tournament’s MVP. The 17 victories mark a new school record for the Big Red as Denison continues to build upon its record-setting 2014 season.

Ohio Wesleyan advanced to the NCAC Tournament final after defeating third-seeded Kenyon (4-3, 9-7), 13-4, in the semifinals. OWU junior John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) powered the Bishops to the early lead with two first-quarter goals and then added four more tallies in the second quarter to give OWU a 9-1 lead at halftime. The Bishops owned a 46-24 shot advantage in the contest and also secured 31 groundballs to Kenyon’s 24. Ohio Wesleyan was represented on the all-tournament team by junior Tommy Minkler (Oakton, VA/Landon School), sophomore John Griffin (Oceanside, NY/Northfield Mt. Hermon (Mass.)), junior Chris Schwanz (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) and Umbach. 

Kenyon was represented on the all-tournament team by junior Justin Coleman (Saunderstown, RI/Portsmouth Abbey), while Wittenberg was represented by junior Jay Dolan (Andover, MA/Phillips Andover).