Eighth-ranked Denison University remained undefeated in 2014 following an impressive 18-9 victory over No. 18 St. Mary's (Md.) from Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.
The Big Red scored off the game's opening face-off, and less than a minute into the contest they held a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Eric Baumgardner and Blair Farinholt. Denison's quick strike ability was on display all afternoon as they would go on to string together runs of three goals or more, on five occasions.
DU held a 5-2 lead after the opening quarter and would head into the intermission with an 8-3 lead. In the second half, Denison would outscore the Seahawks 10-6 over the final 30 minutes of play. Farinholt led all scorers with five goals and one assist. Justin DeMarchi notched a hat-trick while Luke Walsh and Eddie Vita tallied two goals and two assists, apiece.
Baumgardner dominated face-off's, going 23-for-28 with a game-high 10 ground balls. Senior long stick midfielder Austin Campbell scored one goal, added one assist, and finished with six ground balls while leading the team with three caused turnovers.
For St. Mary's, Conor Jordan and Will Lerch each scored a pair of goals.
Chris Thomas got the start in goal for Denison and played 45 minutes. The sophomore posted five saves while facing 10 shots. Zack Blewett of the Seahawks played all 60 minutes in cage and ended with 12 saves while facing 30 shots on goal.
For the game, Denison outshot St. Mary's 43-18. The Seahawks were flagged for 10 penalties, but DU was just 2-for-9 in man-up, with both EMO goals coming from DeMarchi.
Denison will put its perfect record on the line on Saturday when they take on Dickinson on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Rockville, Md.