Ohio Wesleyan Downs Wittenberg to Split NCAC Crown

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Senior midfielder Chris Ehlinger (Radnor, Pa.) had a goal and an assist as Ohio Wesleyan opened the game with a 4-0 run, and senior midfielder Craig Aronoff (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) scored a momentum-changing goal to help the Battling Bishops defeat Wittenberg in a North Coast Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday at Selby Field.

The win splits the NCAC championship between Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. The conference crown is Ohio Wesleyan's first since 2007 and the Bishops' 17th in the 26 seasons of NCAC competition.

Ohio Wesleyan jumped to an early lead on an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Robb Shrader (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) just over 2 minutes into the game.

Ehlinger then scored an unassisted goal just over 5 minutes into the game, and less than a minute later, found junior attacker Shaun Crow (Darnestown, Md./The Bullis School) for a man-up goal that gave the Bishops a 3-0 lead with 9:21 left in the first quarter. Senior attacker Gavin Cunningham (Rye, N.Y.) finished the Bishop run with a score that made it 4-0 midway through the quarter.

Wittenberg got on the scoreboard on Matt Lord's goal late in the period, but Ohio Wesleyan added scores from senior attacker Rob Young (Langhorne, Pa./Council Rock South) and senior attacker Chaz Narwicz (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) during the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead at halftime.

The Tigers enjoyed the edge in play early in the second half, drawing a penalty and getting a man-up score from Matt Snider less than a minute into the period, and added a man-up score by Brady Christensen midway through the third and another man-up goal by Ted Winders in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to close to within 8-5.

Aronoff scored an unassisted goal just 13 seconds later, seizing the momentum back for Ohio Wesleyan, and the Bishops pulled away with 3 straight scores, with senior midfielder Sam Striler (St. Louis, Mo./Country Day), Ehlinger, and Cunningham adding goals to extend the Bishop lead to 12-5 with less than 5 minutes left in regulation time.

Young had a team-high 3 goals for the Bishops, while Ehlinger finished with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Cunningham scored 2 goals. Junior Jud Hall (Columbus/Upper Arlington) recorded 9 saves in the Bishop crease.

Christensen had 2 goals and 2 assists for Wittenberg, while Lord finished with a goal and 2 assists, and Winders had a goal and an assist. Mark DeOliveira went the distance in the Tiger goal, recording 8 saves.

2010-05-05



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