Denison (3-0) and Ohio Wesleyan (4-1) picked up victories over top-20 teams last week, highlighted by the Bishops’ 12-11 overtime triumph over the defending national champions, Salisbury. North Coast men’s lacrosse squads dive into the league portion of the 2018 schedule this week as DePauw (2-2) travels to Denison on Saturday and Kenyon (3-1) hosts Wabash (1-2) on Sunday.
DENISON, ranked fourth in the most recent USILA poll, improved to 3-0 after an 11-10 win over No. 18 Roanoke. Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) had a hand in six of Denison’s 11 goals in the win. It marked his third-straight game with five points or more. He also matched a single-game high with four ground balls. All three of DU’s victories have come against top-20 opponents.
DEPAUW is 2-2 on the season after splitting games this week, falling to Capital and knocking off Calvin. In the victory over Calvin, Ben Sherman (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) scored three goals to lead the Tigers.
HIRAM evened its record at 1-1 after a 12-7 victory against Muskingum last week. In the win, senior Nick Rollason (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) led a balanced scoring attack with four goals and one assist for five total points.
Emilio Sosa (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) and Josh Galardi (San Francisco, CA/University) each scored four times, while Jonah Florence (Decatur, GA/Decatur) added two goals and four assists as KENYON scored a 12-8 non-conference home win against Albion on Saturday. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Connelly (Wellesley Hills, MA/St. Sebastian’s School) made 10 saves and picked up the win in his first collegiate start.
OBERLIN improved to 2-0 on the season following an 18-3 victory in the home-opener against Olivet, behind the strength of 13 different Yeomen scoring goals. Junior Jay Messina (Weston, MA/Weston) led the way with three goals in the win. Through two games the Yeomen have shown a diverse scoring attack with 19 players with at least one goal.
OHIO WESLEYAN was impressive last week in earning a pair of non-conference victories against Ill. Wesleyan and third-ranked Salisbury in overtime. Junior attacker Steven Hildebrand (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Sea Gulls. On the week, Hildebrand scored six goals and added three assists for nine total points.
WABASH opened its spring break trip Sunday at Piedmont in Georgia, falling 8-5. Collin Brennan (Carmel, IN/Carmel) scored two goals and provided one assist for Wabash in the loss. Max Atkins (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) made 15 saves in goal.
WITTENBERG was idle last week.
WOOSTER continued to make the third period its signature stanza as the Scots scored five goals in that frame during a 14-8 win at Otterbein on Wednesday. In the Scots’ two wins, Wooster’s outscored the opposition 11-1 in the third period, and overall, the Scots have 14 of their 32 goals on the year in the 15 minutes immediately following halftime. Senior Sam Kuhn (Towson, MD/Loyola Blakefield) logged a team-best 10 points on the week.