GREENWOOD, Ind. --- The 2018 season is underway for all of the 11 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) men's programs.
ORLC news and notes …
Washington & Jefferson (2-4, 1-0 ORLC) claimed the first ORLC victory of the season against Mount St. Joseph University on Sunday. The Presidents defeated the Lions 16-3 and were led by Pat Heidecker and Ben Ward with five and four goals, respectively. Junior Joseph Tritschler led W&J on the defensive end with 12 ground balls and five caused turnovers in the win.
The Chatham men's lacrosse program is off to a 2-1 start in its inaugural season. The Cougars have claimed victories over La Roche and Hiram and tallied a loss last weekend at Hood. Leading the way for Chatham has been freshman midfielders Adam Bleess and Alec Vissotski. Vissotski, a member of the USILA DIII Team of the week last week, has won 54 faceoffs out of 78 (69 percent) in the first three games this season. The freshman has also tallied two goals and six assists for the Cougars.
Bethany (1-1) and Saint Vincent (2-2) have started off the 2018 season with a .500 winning percentage. The Bison lost its first game of the season to Heidelberg 16-2 and defeated La Roche 22-7 last weekend. The Bearcats have a 23-6 victory over La Roche and defeated Mount Union 13-9 to open its season. Saint Vincent is on the road for the next five games while Bethany will travel to Transylvania this weekend for its first ORLC matchup of the season.
ORLC Players of the Week ...
Chatham freshman midfielder Adam Bleess (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee) has been named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week on offense. The freshman registered 12 goals, three assists, and six ground balls in three games this season. Bleess tallied three goals in a 20-3 win over La Roche, the freshman added six goals in a 16-11 win over Hiram, and he contributed three goals in a 10-14 loss to Hood to start the season for the Cougars. The Chatham Cougars (2-1, 0-0 ORLC) will return to action against Muskingum at home on Wednesday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson's junior defender Joseph Tritschler (New Kensington, Pa. / Greensburg Central Catholic) was the leader of the W&J defensive unit for the week with 27 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers and has been named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week on defense. The junior's week was highlighted by 12 ground balls and five caused turnovers in the 16-3 win over Mount St. Joseph on Sunday. Tritschler also added four assists on the week, two coming in the win against La Roche and two more against Mount St. Joseph. The Washington & Jefferson Presidents (2-4, 1-0 ORLC) will return to action on Wednesday at Hood at 5 p.m.
In other ORLC news ...
Transylvania was selected as this year's favorite in the ORLC men's preseason coaches' poll, which was voted on by the league's head coaches. The results of the preseason coaches' poll were unveiled along with the league's players to watch list on Feb. 9. The Pioneers, led by head coach Terry Justice, received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes and 116 total points. Transylvania has claimed the last three ORLC Championship Tournament titles.
The ORLC features three new programs this season – Chatham University (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.), and Grove City College (Grove City, Pa.). Chatham is led by Phil Dodson while Jason Grace leads Earlham, and Alec Jernstedt leads Grove City in its inaugural season.
ORLC to receive bid to NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ...
For the second time since the creation of the ORLC in 2014, the winner of the ORLC Championship Tournament will receive one of just 29 automatic qualifying bids to this year's NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championship ... The 40-team championship bracket is scheduled to be announced on Sunday, May 6 with first round games scheduled for Saturday, May 12.