For the second-straight week, Denison had three athletes garner North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors. Senior Kelsey Geppner (Women’s Tennis), sophomore James Meager (Men’s Lacrosse) and freshman Jonathan Taylor (Men’s Golf) were all recognized by the NCAC for their play last week.
Last week, Geppner racked up a pair of wins at No. 1 singles as the Big Red split a pair of NCAC West matches. She opened the week with a straight-set victory over Wittenberg’s Olivia Underwood, before topping regionally-ranked Maggie MacPhail of DePauw 6-2, 7-6 on Saturday. Geppner, who is 13-10 on the year, has now topped four regionally-ranked opponents in singles play this season. As a team, DU opened the week with a 5-0 win over Wittenberg, before dropping a narrow 5-4 decision at No. 11 DePauw.
Meager helped guide the Big Red to their 15th NCAC Championship and the program’s third undefeated regular season after scoring the game-winning goal, with 5:04 remaining, sending DU to a come-from-behind win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday in Granville. Meager finished with two goals and five ground balls against OWU. He added a pair of assists in the win over Hiram and finished the week with four total points. Denison tied the school record for wins in a season, matching the win totals from the 1982 and 2012 teams (15).
Taylor posted a top-five individual finish to lead the Big Red to the team title at Wooster’s Nye Intercollegiate played at The Wooster Country Club. Taylor finished in a tie for fourth in the individual standings after carding a 154 (74-80). DU topped the 12-team field with a two-day total of 625 (312-313). On the year, the freshman has three top-10 finishes in five events.
All three teams open postseason play this week. The Big Red men’s lacrosse team will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg on Wednesday in the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Both the women’s tennis and men’s golf teams begin their NCAC Championships this weekend. On Friday, the Denison women’s tennis team will take on seventh-seeded Ohio Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the NCAC Championship held in Granville. The men’s golf team will play the first leg of the NCAC Championship Series this coming weekend at the Twin Bridges Golf Club in Danville, Ind.