March 17, 2013

Caravana wins 200th as Big Red pound Colonels

Chapin Speidel scored a career-high six goals and Denison dominated the face-off X.  The result was a convincing 17-4 victory over Centre College in Charlottesville, Va.  The victory also marked the 200th in the career of Denison head coach, Mike Caravana.

The 12th ranked Big Red completed its week-long road trip with a 3-0 record, and they did it by jumping all over the Colonels in the first quarter.  Speidel and Tyler King each scored two goals in the first period and the DU wings, along with face-off specialist, Chip Phillips, assured that Denison kept possession.

In the second quarter, Centre would score three times, but Denison entered halftime with a 10-3 advantage after goals by Teddy Powell, Eddie Vita, and two more tallies from Speidel.

In the second half, DU would outscore Centre 7-1 to lock up its fifth victory of the season.

Denison won 22-of-24 face-off's and Phillips led the way, winning 14-of-15.  On the wing, Ben Hearn gobbled up eight ground balls.  Phillips added six, and first-year attack Justin DeMarchi posted one goal, one assist, and eight ground balls.

Speidel led the offense with six goals off 11 shot attempts.  Tyler King finished with a pair of goals, as did senior Mike Soumekh.  The defense was led by Austin Campbell who posted three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Chris Thomas played 52 minutes in cage and finished with four saves.  Centre goalie Bryce McCoy played all 60 minutes and finished with 17 saves.

Denison outshot Centre, 53-12 and was 2-of-5 in extra-man situations.  The Big Red also posted 58 ground balls to Centre's 19.

Caravana is the second Denison men's lacrosse coach in school history to reach the 200-win milestone.  The first was Caravana's predecessor, Ferris "Tommy" Thomsen, who coached the Big Red from 1966-90.

Now in his 20th season coaching men's lacrosse at Denison, Caravana boasts an outstanding career record of 200-79 which averages to a .717 winning percentage.  Denison has advanced to two NCAA Final Fours, and seven NCAA quarterfinals while capturing eight North Coast Athletic Conference championships under Caravana's direction.

DU will return to action on Saturday (March 23) when they host The College of Wooster at 1 p.m.