March 13, 2013

No. 12 Denison zooms past Falcons

No. 12 Denison improved to 4-1 on the season after an 11-6 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

The Big Red took command of the game early as they took a 5-0 lead in the opening nine minutes of play.  Five different offensive players got in the scoring act early as Teddy Powell, Tyler King, Eddie Vita, Justin DeMarchi and Chapin Speidel all put a tally on the board.

The Falcons would rebound with three-straight goals that would make the game 5-3 with less than nine minutes left in the second quarter.  DeMarchi would strike again at the 5:35 mark, and after a slashing call on St. Mary's Dalton Yohn, Vita would score his seventh goal of the year and second EMO goal of the 2013 campaign.

St. Mary's would get a score from Patrick Mull with 3:16 left in the first half setting the halftime score at 7-4.  That three-goal deficit would be as close as the Falcons would get as the Big Red would score the first four goals of the second half to take a commanding 11-4 lead with 7:24 to play.

Vita, the North Coast Athletic Conference's current Player of the Week, led all players with four goals and one assist.  The junior also posted two caused turnovers.

After spending 10:30 in the penalty area against Haverford on Saturday, Denison committed just two turnovers resulting in 1:30 in man-up time for St. Mary's. The Falcon's final goal with 54 seconds to play came in extra-man.  The Big Red was 2-of-5 in its extra-man situations.

DU posted 36 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers on the afternoon.  Tommy Harrison and Powell led the way with five ground balls.  Austin Campbell, Chip Phillips, and Spencer Riehl each had four while Drew Newman added two ground balls and two caused turnovers.  In face-off situations, Phillips was 11-for-19.

Offensively, Matt King posted three assists while DeMarchi and Tyler King scored two goals apiece.

In cage, Denison's Chris Thomas played all 60 minutes and posted four saves.  For St. Mary's, Joey Casey got the start and allowed seven goals in 26 minutes before being replaced by Scott Marsh late in the second quarter.  Marsh fared better in cage for St. Mary's, posting 13 saves while allowing four goals in 34 minutes.

Denison will close out its spring break trip on Sunday when they play Centre College in Charlottesville, Va.  The game will be played at St. Anne's-Belfield School at 2 p.m.