NCAC 2018

Re: NCAC 2018

New postby Stonegate on Thu May 17, 2018 10:45 am

Didn't'see the game. But stats looked pretty close. Face offs were in the Bishops favor. Which at the beginning of the year was not a strength. Seems that the Bishops need to bottle some of the Denison fervor for the NCAAs. After the Red game seemed the attack was off for three quarters. Interesting some thought refs were over zealous. Penalties were reasonable in number ... Four or so for each team. Next year will be promising for OWU. Can we get a post grad year for Rigger. Overall, glad to see Coach j moving forward. Plantholt and staff have done a wonderful job. Overall it was a very good year to be a Bishop. From Unranked to elite eight. :dance: Shippy time to park the bus. Hmmm could we be seeing an RIT vs Gulls NC. Seems a good probability. ... But ... Here's hoping Hank gets his over due NC. :think:
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby FannOLax on Thu May 17, 2018 11:08 am

Yes, "unranked to elite eight" sums it up, even though the elite eight is a bit shy of where the OWU program has been in the past. Ben Rigger was indeed very good this season, as were his fellow seniors Aaron Carroll (terrific senior year), Luke Leyden (just a tremendous middie all four years of his OWU career) and that dynamic duo of SSDMs Trent Schulte and Peter Hamblett. Kudos also to OWU seniors Justin Smith and Bradford Marcotte. There should be lots of talent returning next year, and at least one good high school FOGO slated to play for OWU next season. Well done Mike Plantholt, and let's see if OWU can go further than the quarterfinals in the coming years.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby oldtimelax on Thu May 17, 2018 11:22 am

Was at the game....weather not a big factor, light drizzle created wet sticks and some high passes and shots. Refs were a not a factor. Gettysburg was the better team.

I thought Rigger and OWU's defense played pretty well, especially in the first half. Offense had their problems and they didn't make adjustments like they did vs. Denison on Saturday. Gettysburg defense packed the crease and cut-off inside shots for the most part. OWU had a couple of pipes and made a nice run in the fourth quarter to make it 7-5. Dumb penalty by crease attack sealed the deal. He was hit high and had a case, but he lost his cool.

Last Bullet goal was on an empty net during a futile 10-man ride with a minute left.

OWU had a great season. They were unranked and made it to the Final 8. They have their entire attack returning and two/thirds of their top middie line. They lose a great goalie, two All-America caliber DSSM and three other all-league d-men so their will be holes to fill there.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby nosy ned on Thu May 17, 2018 1:30 pm

The season is over for the NCAC and all that's left is national recognition... to earn AA recognition out of the NCAC is quite the accomplishment... so let's hope the committee gets it right.

So it's not too early to think about next year......

The Big Red were actually young this year. There were only 5 seniors on this squad. However those 5 players were key ... as 4 of them were BIG contributors on the defensive side of the field. Three were all conference and the 4th (#3) IMHO should have been as well. He was sorely missed in the NCAA game against OWU. The good news is the entire attack and 1st offensive middie line returns ... in fact 94% of the points scored this year returns. As does the FOGO and all the goalies are as well... the youngest one being the one that seemed to have solidified the starting roll by years end.

So Coach Caravana has lots to work with next year and i expect Denison will be battling toe to toe with the Bishops again next year (pun intended). Here's hoping they both keep the quality of the OOC high again next year and continue to grow mid west lacrosse in the process.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby laxinri on Thu May 17, 2018 1:49 pm

goalies are as well... the youngest one being the one that seemed to have solidified the starting roll by years end.
Denison has not seen a save % above .5 in a few years. I think there is an incoming freshman next year. It will be interesting to see if all 4 continue playing next year. Tough to be the #4 as a junior.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby FannOLax on Thu May 17, 2018 2:06 pm

nosy ned wrote:The season is over for the NCAC and all that's left is national recognition... to earn AA recognition out of the NCAC is quite the accomplishment... so let's hope the committee gets it right.


Agreed, "quite the accomplishment," with the NCAC being away from the spotlight. A number of NCAC players are deserving, but, well, we shall see. A very real accomplishment for the conference in 2018 was both Denison and OWU making the NCAA tourney, the first time this has happened since the NCAC got the AQ in 2013. Nice that both schools got tourney wins before being matched against each other. Both OWU and Denison graduate some very good seniors, but both also should return lots of top talent, especially at the attacking end of the field.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby NCAC2010 on Sun May 20, 2018 7:06 pm

Next year is Big Red year finals in Philly. Not getting to many chances left to see that. A lot of players back, finally found a g keep since Baruch. And Salisbury loses the D. Plus young d subs played well this year.
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby HHS '64 on Mon May 21, 2018 7:09 am

First, I want to congratulate Ohio Wesleyan's team (student-athletes, coaches,and staff alike) for:
- a great season, one in which they and their fans can take enduring and justifiable pride
- a deep run in the Division III Tournament, and (of course)
- two victories over our respected rivals from Granville

I thought our Bishops played well against Gettysburg, however, the better team won. This does not detract from OWU's seasonal or game performance; rather, it is an acknowledgment that sometimes expressed carping concerning the officiating (etc.) would not have altered the outcome.
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May God bless them and their families always
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby oldtimelax on Fri May 25, 2018 12:36 pm

Congrats to our new Ohio Wesleyan Bishop All-Americans...Pete Hamblett, Luke Leyden, Steven Hildebrand, Max Tennant, Aaron Carroll, Trent Schulte and Ben Rigger...Pete made the first team and was voted the Outstanding Specialty Player Award (Short-Stick)...

http://www.usila.org/news/2018/5/25/D3_ ... icans.aspx
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Re: NCAC 2018

New postby nosy ned on Fri May 25, 2018 3:24 pm

Likewise congratulations to the Denison players honored as AA (6). Especially to Pittroff and Duhoski being named to the 2nd team. And also to Waxter, Burman, George and DeCamp as HM!

We knew watching the OWU v Denison games this year that we were being treated to some of the best that D3 had to offer .... having 13 players from those 2 teams named AAs just reinforces that "eye test" we were treated to! IMHO should have been 1 or 2 more named as well. Shame some went unrecognized. But I digress .....

Congratulations to all NCAC All Americans. Great job!
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