North Coast men’s lacrosse teams kicked off the league portion of the 2015 schedule in earnest last week with three games on Saturday, led by eighth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (2-0, 7-0) topping Kenyon (1-1, 4-3) by a 10-7 margin. Conference teams are scheduled for non-conference action on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, while four more league games are scheduled for Saturday, highlighted by 19th-ranked Denison (1-0, 6-2) hosting Wittenberg (2-0, 3-3) at 12:00 p.m. in Granville.
DENISON, ranked 19th in the most recent USILA national poll, defeated St. Mary’s (MD), 14-12, on Wednesday in Baltimore, before earning a 12-11 come-from-behind victory over 16th-ranked Montclair State on Saturday in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Junior midfielder James Meager (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne), who added three goals and one assist against St. Mary’s, scored the go-ahead goal in the fourth quarter against Montclair St. and finished the game with three total scores.
DEPAUW dropped a 13-7 non-conference decision at Sewanee on Saturday in its only action last week. Freshman midfielder Andrew Wright (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/South) led the Tigers in the loss with four points (3g, 1a).
HIRAM split a pair of games last week, defeating Defiance, 15-5, on Wednesday, before falling at Wooster on Saturday by a 20-4 margin. Freshman Nick Rollason (Pickertington, OH/North) scored four goals in the win over Defiance, while junior midfielder Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) logged a hat trick against Defiance and added two more scores in the loss against Wooster.
KENYON gave eighth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan all it could handle for three quarters as the Lords led, 6-5, entering the fourth. However, the Bishops erupted for five goals in the final stanza to escape McBride Field with a 10-7 victory. Senior Nick Lenard (Wayne, PA/Episcopal Acad.), senior Pat Kim (Worthington, OH/Wellington) and sophomore Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Benjamin School) each had a goal and an assist in the loss, while junior goalie Patrick Shevelson (Pleasanton, CA/Foothill) finished the game with 15 saves in goal for the Lords.
OBERLIN dropped a narrow 6-5 decision against Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, before suffering a 15-7 loss at Wittenberg on Saturday. Sophomore Jack Frabizio (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) led the Yeomen with three goals in the conference loss against Wittenberg.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked eighth in the most recent USILA national poll, got a pair of fourth-quarter goals from senior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) to rally from a 6-5 fourth quarter deficit and log a 10-7 conference victory over Kenyon. Senior midfielder Sam Gioseffi (Harrison, NY/Harrison) played a crucial role in the come-from-behind victory as he won 15-of-21 face-offs and finished the game with 10 groundballs. He also assisted on a key goal in the fourth quarter, winning a face-off and then feeding senior attack John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) for a goal that put OWU up 8-6 with 7:31 left in the contest.
WABASH won its first varsity lacrosse match in school history on Saturday with a thrilling 11-10 triumph over Calvin in Indiana. The Little Giants captured the victory in the final 10.7 seconds of regulation on a goal by freshman midfielder Adrian Tejeda (Seattle, WA/Bishop Blanchett). The Little Giants also suffered a narrow 7-6 overtime loss against Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday. Tejeda was moved to the faceoff-X for the Little Giants last week and helped spark the offense in the victory over the Knights by winning 17-of-23 faceoff attempts.
WITTENBERG picked up two home victories last week, pulling off an 11-10 nail-biter over Albion on Tuesday, before topping Oberlin, 15-7, in league action on Saturday. Junior attack Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln), who scored the game-winning goal against Albion with just 2:17 left in the game, finished the week with seven points (5g, 2a), while his brother, junior attack Andrew Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the Tigers on the week with nine total points (3g, 6a).
WOOSTER won three games in a five-day stretch and extended its winning streak to seven-straight last week, defeating defending OAC champion Otterbein, 13-11, on Wednesday, topping Hiram, 20-4, on Saturday and knocking off Mount Union, 13-7, on Sunday. Freshman attack Pat McKay (South Lyon, MI/South Lyon) was the team’s top scorer on the week, as he had a hat trick in each game and finished the week with 11 points (9g, 2a). He scored two goals in the third quarter to give the Scots an 11-6 cushion against Otterbein, and also netted the first three Wooster goals in the win over Hiram on Saturday.