April 1, 2014

Big Red off to best start since 1967

James Meager and Luke Walsh each scored three goals, and Eddie Vita added three assists as No. 5 Denison defeated Oberlin College, 12-4, from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium on Tuesday night.  The win marks the first 10-0 start to a season by the Big Red since 1967.

Denison led 6-1 at the half, despite outshooting the Yeomen 30-5 over the first 30 minutes of play.  Oberlin goalie Erickson Andrews posted eight of his 14 saves in the opening half, and the visiting Yeomen won 4-of-6 draws in the first quarter.

Senior Austin Campbell led the Denison defense with six ground balls and four caused turnovers.  The Yeomen committed 29 turnovers, 17 of which were caused by Denison.  Aside from Campbell's four caused turnovers, Ryan Smith, Matt Neeson, Ben Hearn, Tommy Harrison, and Drew Newman all posted two CT's apiece.  Newman also scooped up five ground balls.

Meager, Vita, and Chapin Speidel (2g, 1a) led Denison in points with three.  Teddy Powell scored two goals for DU.  Eric Baumgardner was 10-for-18 facing off, and sophomore Chris Thomas posted five saves in his 45 minutes of action.

DU outshot Oberlin 45-15, and posted 41 ground balls to 23 for the Yeomen.  Denison did commit 18 turnovers which tied for the second highest total in 2014.  There were five extra-man situations.  Oberlin was 1-for-4 in man-up and Denison was 0-for-1.

Denison will return to Piper Stadium on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest against Adrian College.