NCAC Weekly Release (4-30-12) - Men's Lacrosse
The 2012 NCAC men’s lacrosse schedule came to a close last week to finalize the regular season standings. Denison (5-0, 13-1) is the league champion for the 13th time in program history, followed by Kenyon (4-1, 10-4) in second, Ohio Wesleyan (3-2, 11-3) in third, Wittenberg (2-3, 8-5) in fourth, Wooster (1-4, 6-9) in fifth and Oberlin (0-5, 5-9) in sixth.
DENISON, ranked eighth in the nation, put the finishing touches on its finest regular season in 45 years, following a 19-5 victory over St. Vincent on Senior Day on Saturday in Granville. The win pushes DU’s record to 13-2, marking the first one-loss regular season by a Big Red squad since 1968. Senior attack Cory Couture (Coronado, CA/Coronado) paced the Big Red’s offense on the week with 10 points (5g, 5a), including a three-goal, three-assist effort in a 23-2 triumph over Otterbein on Tuesday.
KENYON swept NCAC games at Oberlin, 13-3, and Wooster, 11-5, for its first 10-win season since 2008. Additionally, the Lords earned their best NCAC record since the 2000 team also posted a 4-1 mark in conference play. Sophomore goalie Fletcher Franklin (Katonah, NY/John Jay) limited Oberlin to one goal in 45 minutes, and came up big in the decisive second half against Wooster. Franklin allowed only two goals over the final 30 minutes as the Lords outscored the Scots, 7-2, to turn a 4-3 halftime lead into an 11-5 victory.
OBERLIN fell against Kenyon, 13-3, in its only action last week. Senior Dan Fineman (Piedmont, CA/Piedmont) netted his 13th goal of the season in the setback.
OHIO WESLEYAN took down NCAC foe Wittenberg, 14-6, in its only action last week. Sophomore Spencer Schnell (Dublin, OH/Jerome) led the Bishops with three goals and four assists in the league win over the Tigers.
WITTENBERG fell short against perennial NCAC power Ohio Wesleyan on the road on Wednesday by a 14-6 margin. Junior Alex Previte (Dublin, OH/Coffman) led the offense with two goals and one assist in the loss.
WOOSTER concluded its season with an 11-5 setback against Kenyon on Saturday. Junior Matt Ranck (West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Lake) registered his 10th hat trick of the season in the loss. Ranck finished the season with 45 goals, which was the most by a Scot since the 1992 season.