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NCAC Weekly Release (5-4-15) - Men's Lacrosse

NCAC Weekly Release (5-4-15) - Men's Lacrosse

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After winning the NCAC Tournament last Saturday with a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over Denison, the Ohio Wesleyan men's lacrosse team will now host Carthage in the opening-round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament this Wednesday, May 6th, at Selby Stadium in Delaware. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

OWU and Carthage will be meeting for the first time in history, with the winner advancing to the second round to square off against either Augustana or Albion on Saturday, May 9.

Ohio Wesleyan, which completed its first perfect regular season in school history with a 16-0 record, is one of just three undefeated teams in the 2015 tournament field. RIT enters tournament play with an 18-0 mark, while Gettysburg also owns a perfect 17-0 mark.

The Battling Bishops, who ranked third in the nation on the latest USILA national poll behind just RIT and Gettysburg, will be making their 28th NCAA Div. III Tournament appearance, which ranks second among all Div. III schools. In addition, OWU has advanced to the championship game four times in school history.  

Through the first 16 games of the season, OWU has been led offensively by junior attack Marcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) with 58 points (30g, 28a) on 110 shots, while senior goalie Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) has bolstered the defensive unit that has allowed just 84 goals through 16 games this season. In 763.23 minutes of action between the pipes this season, McMahon has made 119 saves and allowed just 68 goals for a league-leading 5.34 goals-against-average. Dietz and McMahon were tabbed the 2015 NCAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, last week.

Carthage (16-4) earned its ticket into the tournament field via a "Pool B" at-large selection out of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Red Men posted a perfect 5-0 record against conference foes during the regular season, but they were upended by Augustana, 10-9, in the CCIW tournament championship game. The Red Men are making their first-ever NCAA Div. III tournament appearance.