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Bishop Men's Lacrosse Advances to NCAA Division III Playoffs


May 9, 2000

[ Men's Lacrosse Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team will visit Denison University for an NCAA Division III tournament first-round game, it was announced Monday. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Barclay-Thomsen Field on the Denison campus in Granville.

Ohio Wesleyan (13-3) shared the North Coast Athletic Conference championship, the Battling Bishops' 11th conference title in 16 seasons. Ohio Wesleyan is making its 17th NCAA Division III playoff appearance in 21 seasons and its 22nd overall playoff appearance. The Bishops were ranked No. 10 in the final USILA Division III poll.

Denison (11-3) also shared the North Coast Athletic Conference championship this season. The Big Red are making their fifth consecutive Division III playoff appearance and their 11th overall. Denison was ranked seventh in the final USILA Division III rankings.

This marks the fourth time in 5 years that Ohio Wesleyan and Denison will meet in the Division III first round. Denison won a 12-8 decision last year, while Ohio Wesleyan won games in 1996 and 1997.

The teams split 2 games this season, each winning on the other's home field. Ohio Wesleyan defeated Denison, 12-9, on April 1 in Granville and the Big Red returned the favor with a 12-8 win over the Bishops on April 15 in Delaware.

The winner of Saturday's Ohio Wesleyan-Denison game will advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals against top-seeded Nazareth (N.Y.).