The first league game of the 2015 NCAC men’s lacrosse season was contested last week with 20th-ranked Denison (1-0, 2-2) topping DePauw (0-1, 1-3), 20-2, on Monday in Greencastle, Indiana. Numerous conference teams will play games as part of spring break trips throughout the week, while four more league games are on the slate next Saturday, March 14, highlighted by Wabash (0-0, 0-2) traveling to Wooster (0-0, 2-1) for the Little Giants’ first conference game in program history.
DENISON, ranked 20th in the most recent USILA national poll, picked up its first wins of the season last week, topping DePauw, 20-2, on Monday and Sewanee, 13-2, on Sunday. Junior midfielder Blair Farinholt (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s School), who scored one goal and dished out an assist in the win over DePauw, matched a career-high with five goals in the Big Red’s win over Sewanee. He scored twice in the first quarter, once on a man-up goal in the third and two more times in the fourth.
DEPAUW opened play last week with a 20-2 league loss against 20th-ranked Denison, before dropping a 17-3 non-conference decision against Albion on Saturday. Through the first four games of the season, freshman Andrew Wright (Grosse Points Farms, MI/South) leads the Tigers with six goals and five assists.
HIRAM posted its first win of the season on Saturday with a narrow 9-8 victory at Point University in Georgia. Sophomore Doug Legris (Fairfax, VA/Bellows Free Acad.) scored the game-winning goal with 3:40 left to play. In addition junior Greg Summers (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s), freshman Evan Pinney (Richfield, OH/Revere) and freshman Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/North) each scored twice for the Terriers in the win.
KENYON dropped a pair of tough road games last week against Franklin & Marshall, 15-8, and Ursinus, 12-5. Sophomore midfielder Alex Lopez (Portola Valley, CA/Woodside) led the Lords on the week with five goals, netting three against the Diplomats and two more against the Bears.
OBERLIN registered a commanding 13-5 win over Medaille on Wednesday, but the Yeomen fell just short on the road on Saturday against Capital by an 8-7 margin. Junior attack Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) led the Yeomen on the week with six points (4g, 2a), while sophomore attack Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) also produced on the offensive side of the ball with two goals and three assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 15th in the most recent USILA national poll, picked up a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory at 12th-ranked Salisbury on Sunday. The win is the Bishops’ first over Salisbury since a 14-13 decision over the Sea Gulls on March 10, 2002, in Maryland. Senior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) fired in the game-winner just over a minute into overtime to lift OWU to the victory. Junior attack Marcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) led the OWU offense in the win with three points (2g, 1a), while senior goalie Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) finished the game with 11 saves in the cage.
WABASH suffered a 14-2 loss at Wilmington on Friday in its only action last week. Freshman midfielder Dajon Thomas (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) scored his first-career goal in the 12-point loss.
WITTENBERG dropped to 0-2 on the season following a 14-11 loss at Adrian on Saturday. The Tigers led 7-2 in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs marched back to outscore Wittenberg, 12-4, over the final three quarters. Junior attack Thomas Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the Tigers with four goals, while sophomore goalie Aaron Blossey (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) finished the game with nine saves.
WOOSTER gave first-year head coach P.J. Kavanagh a victory in his first official game as the Scots scored five times within the opening five minutes en route to a 15-7 triumph over Aurora. Senior attack Tom Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) led the offensive unit in the victory with two goals and a team-high four assists.