March 23, 2013

#11 DU holds off upset-minded Scots

Despite a 20-save performance by Wooster goalie Matt Magoon, No. 11 Denison managed to hold off the Fighting Scots for a 10-7 victory from Piper Stadium in Granville.

DU dominated the early stages of the contest, taking a 5-1 lead at the 10 minute mark of the second quarter after Justin DeMarchi's seventh goal of the season off a feed from Teddy Powell.

The Big Red forced the Fighting Scots into 13 turnovers in the first half and DU went into the intermission with a 6-2 lead while managing to out-shoot their opponents 26-9.

The third quarter would belong to the Scots as they outscored the Big Red 4-2 despite losing six of seven face-off attempts.  Wooster's offense was paced in the quarter by Harry Kemp, who scored three of his game-high four goals in the third period.

With the score 8-6, in favor of DU heading into the fourth quarter, things would remain scoreless over the first eight minutes.  With seven minutes to play, Wooster's John MacCarth was flagged for an illegal body check and DU would convert the extra-man opportunity when Powell fed Will Koontz from behind the cage for his first goal of the season.

One minute later, Wooster's Pat Henderson scored his first goal of the afternoon, trimming the deficit back to 9-7, but with 4:41 to play, DU's Ben Hern would provide a little breathing room after his second goal of the season off a Wooster turnover.

Denison outshot Wooster 47-18 for the game.  Magoon posted 20 saves with 10 coming in each half.  The Big Red held a 12-8 advantage at the face-off X and first-year Eric Baumgardner led the way with 10 face-off victories in 14 attempts.  He also led the team with six ground balls.

The Big Red defense, led by Tommy Harrison, Spencer Riehl, Drew Newman and Austin Campbell, combined for 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.  Harrison led all players with four caused turnovers.

The leading scorers for Denison were Eddie Vita with three goals and one assist, Powell with one goal and three assists and DeMarchi with two goals.  DU's remaining five goals were scored by Koontz, Neeson, Hearn, and Blair Farinholt.

Wooster was led by Kemp's four goals and Dean Marchitelli's four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

DU improves to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference while Wooster drops to 3-3 and 0-1 in the NCAC.  Denison's next contest will be next Saturday (March 30) when they host DePauw at 2 p.m.