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 seconds 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.
In the semifinals on Wednesday, Meager led the Big Red with five goals on just nine shots in a 17-8 victory over fourth-seeded Wooster (10-7), while OWU freshman Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) scored a game-high four goals to lead the Bishops in a 8-4 victory over third-seeded Kenyon (11-4).