April 23, 2014

Umbach's Sixer Drives OWU Past Kenyon

from press release

DELAWARE, Ohio - Junior attacker John Umbach (Montclair, N.J.) scored 6 goals as Ohio Wesleyan built a 9-1 halftime lead and went on to defeat Kenyon in a semifinal matchup of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday at Selby Stadium.

Ohio Wesleyan advances to the tournament championship game against Denison. The tournament title game is set for Saturday in Granville, with the start time to be announced on Thursday.

Umbach gave the Bishops the lead just over a minute into the game, converting a pass from junior midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms (Conn.)) into a shot that found the back of the Lord net.

Just over a minute later, senior attacker Casey Helms (Sandwich, Mass./Bridgton Academy) found junior midfielder Brendan Bouchard (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) for a score that made it 2-0, and only 28 seconds after that, it was Helms unassisted with a goal that gave the Bishops a 3-0 lead.

Umbach struck again midway through the quarter to increase the margin to 4-0.

Kenyon broke into the scoring column on Justin Coleman's goal with 5:55 left in the first quarter, but the Bishop defense would hold the Lords off the scoreboard for the next 35 minutes of action.

Umbach scored 3 consecutive goals to open the second uqarter, and scores by Foster and Umbach, the latter with :39 left in the half, gave the Bishops a 9-1 lead at the break.

Freshman midfielder Matt Maier (Summit, N.J.) increased the Bishop lead to 10-1 with a goal early in the third quarter, and junior attacker Tommy Minkler (Oakton, Va./Landon School) made it 11-1 with a goal with 1:00 left in the period.

Coleman answered with a goal for Kenyon at the :33 mark of the period.

Junior defenseman Chris Schwanz (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and freshman midfielder Nick Palandjian (Belmont, Mass./Dexter School) added fourth-quarter goals for Ohio Wesleyan.

Umbach led the Bishops with 6 goals, while Helms and Foster each finished with a goal and 3 assists. Junior Ryan McMahon (Springfield, Va./The Bullis School) had 6 saves during the first 3 quarters, and freshman Ben Rigger (Decatur, Ga.) recorded 2 saves during the fourth quarter.

Coleman led Kenyon with 3 goals. Patrick Shevelson posted 8 saves in Kenyon crease.

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