North Coast men’s lacrosse teams kicked off the league portion of the 2018 schedule in earnest last week with Denison (5-0, 1-0) knocking off DePauw (3-3, 0-1) on Saturday and Kenyon (4-2, 1-0) taking down Wabash (1-4, 0-1) on Sunday. NCAC play continues this week with four games scheduled on Saturday.
DENISON, ranked second in the most recent USILA poll, lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2015 as they fell to No. 10 Amherst, 19-13, and No. 16 Dickinson, 15-8. The games were played on consecutive days as a part of the 2018 Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson University. Denison returns to action on Friday when they play Rhodes College in Charlotte, NC.
DEPAUW dropped to 3-5 on the season after losses to Hope and Kenyon. In the Kenyon game, the Tigers trailed by six in the fourth before scoring four goals in a 3:06 span for the final two-goal deficit. For the week, Steen Jorgensen (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) paced the Tigers with five gals and six total points. Jorgensen leads the Tigers with 15 goals, while Ben Sherman (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) has a team-high 25 points.
HIRAM went 1-1 last week, starting off with an 18-7 victory over Houghton, behind record-setting performances from sophomore Tim Stucky (Bellbrook, OH/Bellbrook) and senior Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North). With the victory, Hiram has now set a program record for wins in a season, while rattling off their fourth-straight triumph. Stucky lit up the scoreboard for a school-record eight goals. Rollason set his sight on a different prize, shattering the single-game assists record with six helpers. Along with the assist record, Rollason became the program’s all-time leader in points, with 115 career points.
KENYON moved to 5-2 and 2-0 in NCAC play after a 14-12 road victory at DePauw last week. The Lords are a win away from matching last year’s total with games against Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan this week.
OBERLIN went 1-1 last week as they cruised past La Roche, 28-1, on Tuesday night and fell to No. 15 Ohio Wesleyan, 21-8, in its conference opener on Saturday afternoon. The offensive attack was highlighted by freshman Tom Decker (Bethesda, MD/Maret School) netting two goals in each of the games. The Yeomen will face Kean University on Tuesday night and then square off against Wittenberg on Saturday.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 15th in the most recent USILA poll, split contests last week, falling to Cabrini on Wednesday before opening up conference play on Saturday with a 21-8 victory versus Oberlin. Against Oberlin, junior attacker Jack Jeschke (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) led the Bishops with four goals and five assists.
WABASH lost its NCAC opener last Saturday, 15-5, to Wooster. Junior Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) led the Little Giants in the loss with two goals and one assist.
WITTENBERG has won two-straight games after knocking off Capital, 10-9, on Wednesday and then opening NCAC play with an impressive 19-5 win against Hiram. Sophomore attacker Noah Moderwell (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) led the Tigers with seven goals and four assists in the two wins.
WOOSTER won its NCAC opener for the fourth straight year thanks to a 15-5 win at Wabash on Saturday. Senior Alexander Bloom (Sudbury, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon) scored a career-high six goals during the Scots’ 17-8 win over Kean on Wednesday. Wooster fared exceptionally well in the faceoff department on the week as the Scots won over 60 percent. Sophomore Nick Gargaro (Ann Arbor, MI/Greenhills School) led the way individually with 20 wins over the three-game span.