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Denison Wins 2016 NCAC Tourney Title

Denison Wins 2016 NCAC Tourney Title

With the scored tied at 11-11 in sudden-death overtime, Denison senior midfielder James Meager (Worthington, OH/Kilbourne) took a pass from junior Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) and fired it past the Ohio Wesleyan goalie at the 2:43 mark of the extra session to lift the Big Red to a 12-11 victory over the Bishops in the Championship Game of the 2016 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

Ohio Wesleyan controlled the pace of play for nearly 55 minutes of action, holding an 11-7 lead with 4:17 left on the clock following an unassisted goal from freshman attack Conor Caffrey (Scituate, MA/ Brewster (N.H.) Academy). However, the Big Red responded in a big way and scored four goals in the final four minutes of action, which included the game-tying goal from Meager with just 53 seonds left in regulation.

Meager, who was named the MVP of the Tournament, finished the game with three goals, while Rooney tallied a hat trick of his own with three goals and four assists. In addition, Denison senior goalie Chris Thomas (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) finished the game with six saves in 61:17 minutes of action.

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Luke Leyden (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon) led OWU in the championship game with four goals and two assists, while junior goalie Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur) closed out the contest with nine saves in the cage for the Bishops.

2016 NCAC Men's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team

Patrick Shevelson, Kenyon
Emilio Sosa, Kenyon
Jack Gilio, Wooster
Ethan Scully, Wooster
Ben Danieli, Ohio Wesleyan
Luke Leyden, Ohio Wesleyan
Max Tennant, Ohio Wesleyan
Ben Rigger, Ohio Wesleyan
Ben Duhoski, Denison
Teddy Sawyer, Denison
Liam Rooney, Denison
Blair Farinholt, Denison

MVP - James Meager, Denison 

Semifinals: Wednesday, April 27 Championship: Saturday, April 30
#1 Denison 17, #4 Wooster 8 {Box}
Denison 12, Ohio Wesleyan 11 {Box}
#2 Ohio Wesleyan 8, #3 Kenyon 4 {Box}

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After topping Wooster by a 17-8 margin in Wednesday night’s second semifinal matchup, Denison will now square off against Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament championship game for the fourth year in a row. This year’s bout will take place in Granville, Ohio, this Saturday (4/30) at 3:00 p.m. 

The Big Red wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard as they jumped out to an early 5-1 lead after one quarter of play, which included back-to-back goals from junior Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) in the final three minutes of the opening period. DU senior James Meager (Worthington, OH/Kilbourne) nearly single handily took over the game in the second period by scoring four-straight goals, before Wooster senior Nate Weltman (North Canton, OH/Hoover) tallied a goal in the final seconds of the half to send the game in intermission with DU leading by an 11-2 margin. The Big Red and Scots played even in the second half, with both teams scoring six goals, but DU’s halftime cushion was more than enough to help the Big Red secure the nine-goal semifinal victory. Meager led all scorers in the game with five goals on just nine shots, senior net minder Chris Thomas (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) was impressive in the cage for the Big Red with five saves in 46 minutes of action. For Wooster, sophomore Ian Brim (Dublin, OH/Jerome) led the offensive unit with two second-half goals, while senior goalieAaron Levy (Warwick, RI/Bishop Hendricken) finished the contest with 11 saves in the full 60 minutes of action.

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) registered two of the Bishops first three goals as OWU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on for an 8-4 semifinal round victory over Kenyon in the 2016 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday night in Delaware, Ohio. The Lords would respond with three second quarter tallies, including two less than a minute apart to close out the half, capped off by Robert Jacobs (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/The Benjamin School) with 3:56 left to pull within a single goal, 4-3, at the half. Tennant got the Bishops on the board to open the second half and seniorMarcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) registered his second goal of the game as OWU scored the lone two goals in the third quarter. Kenyon freshman Emilio Sosa (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) scored with 11:22 left in the fourth but the Bishops would get a pair of goals in the final 2:08 for the four-goal victory. Tennant finished his first NCAC Tournament contest with a game-high four goals and four points to lead Ohio Wesleyan. Ohio Wesleyan outshot Kenyon, 42-28, and won 8-of-16 faceoffs. KC senior Patrick Shevelson (Pleasanton, CA/Foothill) racked up 16 saves in net for the Lords, while Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur) collected 10 saves for Ohio Wesleyan. Sosa led the Lords with two points on a two goals in the loss.


Denison earned its 16th North Coast championship and its first since 2014 after posting a pair of wins last week against Kenyon, 17-6, and Wabash, 25-4. Ohio Wesleyan leads all league teams with with 19 conference championships, while Wittenberg has two and Kenyon and Wooster each boast one league title.

The Big Red enter the NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Wooster (5-3, 10-6) on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. In their first meeting this season, Denison knocked off the Fighting Scots by a narrow 9-6 margin on April 13th in Wooster. Second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan (7-1, 12-3) will host third-seeded Kenyon (6-2, 11-3) in the other semifinal match on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second matchup this season in Delaware between the two squads, following a 14-7 victory for the Battling Bishops on April 26th. The tournament championship game is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.