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Men’s Lacrosse Claims Second Straight OAC Regular Season Title with Victory Over Ohio Northern

BW wins the OAC Regular Season Title (Photo Courtesy of Dustin Johnson '24)
BW wins the OAC Regular Season Title (Photo Courtesy of Dustin Johnson '24)

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University men's lacrosse team became Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champions for the second consecutive season with a victory over OAC foe Ohio Northern University. The Yellow Jackets claimed a 9-6 victory on the Tressel Field inside George Finnie Stadium.

BW Leaders (13-3, 9-0)

  • Junior midfielder Jake Branton (Marysville) led the team with a career-best three goals.
  • Junior All-OAC midfielder Kyler Byerly (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) added two goals and an assist.
  • Sophomore All-OAC midfielder Jake Nanosky (Medina) led the team with four assists
  • Junior All-OAC goalkeeper Joe Storner (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) made eight saves.
  • BW went undefeated in the OAC for the second straight season.

Ohio Northern Leaders (11-4, 7-2 OAC)

  • Alex Reimer and Ben Gawronski both led the team with two goals each.
  • Cole Zaferakis led with six saves.

1st Quarter (Ohio Northern, 2-0)

  • 6:45 Reimer gets on the board first with an unassisted goal. (ONU 1-0)
  • 2:12 Reimer gets his second of the quarter off an assist from Riley O'Neal. (ONU 2-0) 

2nd Quarter (Ohio Northern, 4-3)

  • 9:54 Byerly gets the Yellow Jackets on the board with an unassisted goal. (ONU 2-1)
  • 8:47 Gawronski responds with a quick unassisted goal for the Polar Bears. (ONU 3-1)
  • 5:21 Nate Jablonski extends the Ohio Northern lead with an unassisted goal. (ONU 4-1)
  • 3:10 Junior midfielder Olin Ferguson (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) scores off a feed from Nanosky. (ONU 4-2)
  • 0:04 Freshman attacker Jake Schorling (Westerville/Central) nets the goal with the clock running down off another feed from Nanosky. (ONU 4-3)

3rd Quarter (BW, 6-5)

  • 12:26 Byerly ties up the game off a dish from Nanosky. (Tied 4-4)
  • 11:36 Junior All-OAC midfielder Jonas Aquilla (Westlake/St. Edward) gives BW the lead with an unassisted goal. (BW 5-4)
  • 6:19 Branton gets his first of the game and extends the lead with an unassisted goal. (BW 6-4).
  • 3:47 Gawronski gets his second goal of the game off an assist from Sebastian Michaud. (BW 6-5)

4th Quarter (BW, 9-6)

  • 8:51 Branton gets his second goal of the evening, unassisted. (BW 7-5)
  • 5:06 Aidan Dempsey scores the last goal for the Polar Bears off a John Lynn assist. (BW 7-6)
  • 3:34 Junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC defender Neil Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Palos Verdes) gets his first goal of the game off another Nanosky assist. (BW 8-6)
  • 2:40 Branton scores the final goal of the game off a Byerly assist. (BW 9-6)

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Wednesday, May 4 as the No. 1 seed in the OAC Tournament. BW will host a semifinal game at 7:00 p.m. on the Tressel Field inside George Finnie Stadium.