GREENWOOD, Ind. --- Hanover College claimed two ORLC victories this week over Earlham and Westminster.
The Panthers remain atop the ORLC standings with a 24-0 shutout against Earlham and a 6-4 second half rally against Westminster last week. The Panthers were led by Joseph DeLeo who tallied 14 total points in the two wins. Sophomore Noah Dubrava led Hanover in goal with his first career shutout against Earlham and 16 saves versus Westminster.
Bethany College claimed its first ORLC victory of the season last Wednesday with a 17-2 win over Earlham. The Bison were led by senior Bryan Uth who contributed four goals, two assists, and 14 ground balls in the victory. Four other members of the Bison men's lacrosse team tallied two goals each.
The Transylvania Pioneers claimed a 10-5 win over Grove City on Saturday. Sophomore T.J. Toivonen led the Pioneers defense with one goal, seven ground balls, and four caused turnovers in the Transy victory.
The Washington & Jefferson men's lacrosse team win its only contest of the week, defeating Chatham 15-12 on Saturday. The Presidents improved to 4-1 in ORLC play and three W&J players scored multiple goals against Chatham.
Saint Vincent stretched its winning streak to five games after claiming victories over Franciscan (25-10) and Mount St. Joseph (20-6) last week. Junior Jeremy Kennedy led the Bearcats offense with eight goals and two assists for the week.
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ORLC Players of the Week ...
Hanover junior attack Joseph DeLeo (Waterford, Mich. / Harrison) has been named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week on offense. The junior posted 14 points in two ORLC victories last week. DeLeo led the Panthers to a 24-0 win against Earlham with eight goals and three assists. Hanover rallied from a halftime deficit behind DeLeo's three assists in a 6-4 victory over Westminster to remain unbeaten in ORLC play. DeLeo also added seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in the two matchups. The Hanover Panthers (5-6, 5-0 ORLC) will host Transylvania on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and Grove City at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Hanover's sophomore goalkeeper Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) has been named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week on defense. The sophomore allowed only four goals as the Panthers defeated Earlham and Westminster last week. Dubrava recorded his first career shutout in the win against Earlham and made 16 saves in the 6-4, come-from-behind win over Westminster. The sophomore notched .810 save percentage for the week and improved his goals against average to 3.60 in conference play this season. The Hanover Panthers (5-6, 5-0 ORLC) will host Transylvania on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and Grove City at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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.