Denison (3-0, 11-0) and Ohio Wesleyan (3-0, 8-2) remained perfect in NCAC play last weekend with wins over Oberlin (0-3, 5-5) and Kenyon (2-1, 7-4), respectively. North Coast Men’s Lacrosse action continues this week with seven conference tilts scheduled, highlighted by Wittenberg (2-1, 8-2) hosting Denison on Saturday.
No. 5 DENISON is off to the program’s best start since 1967 at 11-0. Sophomore middie James Meager (Columbus, OH) led Denison with six goals and two assists in a pair of wins over Oberlin and Adrian last week. Meager notched hat tricks in both contests, putting 11 of his 13 shots on goal through the two contests. The transfer has scored 18 goals and added 11 assists this season.
DEPAUW dropped its lone contest of the week against Wooster, 16-6, on Saturday. The Tigers scored the final six goals of the game, as Richard McGowan (Edina, MN/Edina) and Sam Caravana (Granville, OH/Granville) each had two. McGowan also added an assist.
HIRAM dropped a pair of games last week, falling to Wilmington, 12-8, before losing to Wittenberg in an NCAC contest, 21-0. Sophomore Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) scored four goals on 10 shots in the loss to Wilmington.
OBERLIN held No. 5 Denison to just six first-half goals, but in the end the Yeomen fell, 12-4, in their lone game of the week. Sophomore Mac Husted (Armonk, NY/ Byrham Hill) scored his second goal of the season and third of his career in the game.
Junior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms (Conn.)) scored with 29 seconds left in the second overtime period to lift OHIO WESLEYAN over Kenyon in NCAC action. Foster’s game-winner came off a feed from senior attacker Casey Helms (Sandwich, MA/Bridgton Academy). Junior attacker Tommy Minkler (Oakton, VA/Landon School) scored three goals for Ohio Wesleyan, while junior attacker John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) finished with two goals and two assists. Junior Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) finished with nine saves.
WITTENBERG cruised to a 17-1 win at Mount St. Joseph and a 21-0 win at Hiram last week. The Tigers outshot opponents, 69-7, in the two games, with junior Ryan Spitzer (Lincolnshire, IL/Stevenson) winning 27 of his 36 faceoffs (75%) and scoring three goals with three assists and 18 ground balls. Junior Matt Hugdahl (Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie) and senior Jordan Shoger (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights) split the offensive honors with eight points apiece, Hugdahl with six goals and two assists and Shoger with five goals and three assists
Sophomore Nate Weltman (North Canton, OH/Hoover) tallied two goals and one assist in each of WOOSTER'S games, as the Scots dropped a close non-conference affair at Otterbein, 8-6, and then picked up their first league win against DePauw.