Nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (2-0, 7-2), Wooster (2-0, 7-2) and Wittenberg (2-0, 6-2) sit atop the NCAC men’s lacrosse standings after the first two weeks of conference play. Wittenberg is currently riding a five-game winning streak as 2016 marks the third-consecutive year the Tigers have put together a winning-streak of five games or more.
DENISON, ranked sixth in the most recent USILA poll, picked up its first NCAC win of the season on Saturday with a 17-3 victory over DePauw. Senior attackman Nick Bortolani (Worthington, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) led the way with three goals, one assist and three ground balls. Denison scored the first 14 goals of the game and held a 12-0 lead at halftime.
DEPAUW dropped three contests last week, including its NCAC opener to Denison, 17-3, on Saturday. Freshman Steen Jorgensen (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) and sophomore Andrew Wright (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/Grosse Pointe South) share the team lead as each have scored 10 goals this season. Seven of Wright’s goals came in last week’s three games. Wright finished the week with seven goals and two assists.
HIRAM dposted its first win of the season with a 13-10 triumph over Franciscan on Wednesday. Sophomore Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) tied the program record with six goals in the victory. Senior Sawyer Lott (Sunbury, OH/Big Walnut) made a season-high 17 saves in goal. Rollason also added four goals in a 25-7 loss to Wooster on Saturday.
KENYON split a pair of games last week. The Lords chalked up a 16-7 non-conference home win over Otterbein on Wednesday, and then hit the road on Saturday only to be defeated by No. 10 Ohio Wesleyan. Sophomore Chris Ferarro (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) had five goals and two assists in the win over Otterbein, while junior Alex Lopez (Portola Valley, CA/Woodside) had a team-best three goals in the loss at Ohio Wesleyan.
OBERLIN opened last week with a 12-7 victory in Lexington, Kentucky, snapping a four-game skid against Transylvania. Alex Wagman (Lutherville, MD/Deerfield Academy) scored seven goals and Eric Hager (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) tallied five goals in the win. The Yeomen traveled back to Ohio to face Wittenberg and couldn’t capitalize on their man-up opportunities as the Tigers took down the Yeomen, 12-8, in a tight league battle. Senior Nick Lobley (Port Washington, NY/Portledge School) highlighted the Yeomen’s goal-scoring effort with six of his own.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 10th in the most recent USILA poll, imporved to 2-0 in league play last week after defeating Kenyon, 14-7, on Saturday. Freshman attacker Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) led the Bishops with three goals, while Marcus Dietz (Westerville, OH/St. Francis DeSales) had two goals and three assists and freshman midfielder Jack Harvey (New Providence, NJ/New Providense) finished with two goals and two assists. Junior Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur) went the distance in the Ohio Wesleyan crease, recording nine saves.
WABASH scored six unanswered goals in the third period to break open a tight, one-goal contest to go on to a 14-7 non-conference victory at Muskingum in the Little Giants lone action of the week. Freshman Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) led Wabash on the day with six goals and one assist for seven total points. The Little Giants have now won four of their last six contests.
WITTENBERG improved to 2-0 in conference play after defeating Oberlin, 12-8, last Saturday. The Tigers have now won five-straight contests and 2016 marks the third-straight season the program has produced a win-streak of five or more contests. Andrew Fuss (New Albany, OH/Gahanna Lincoln) led the Tigers on the week with five goals and 10 assists for 15 total points, to go along with eight groundballs.
WOOSTER extended its winning streak to four by pulling away from Alma in the fourth quarter for a 14-7 victory and then exploding for a season-high scoring total in a 25-7 triumph at Hiram. After tying a school record with 12 points at Wabash on March 19, Josh Herold (Massillon, OH/Jackson) continued to pile up impressive numbers with a one-goal, three-assist performance against Alma and a three-goal, six-assist outing at Hiram. The junior attacker leads the league in points (41) and assists (24).