#5 Denison strikes early vs. Adrian
An eight-goal first quarter got things rolling for No. 5 Denison and the Big Red never looked back, en route to a 15-5 win over visiting Adrian College from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. The victory improves Denison's record to 11-0, and sets up a North Coast Athletic Conference clash with Kenyon this Wednesday night.
Since this was the final home weekend game of the regular season it was Senior Day in Granville, and prior to the contest Denison's seven-man senior class was recognized for their achievements at DU. It would be a senior that got Denison rolling as Austin Campbell put his team on the board first with a goal just 24 seconds into the game.
The Denison offense would proceed to put on a display, scoring seven more goals over a 10-minute span to close out the first quarter of play. The Big Red's eight first quarter goals came from eight different players. Blair Farinholt led the way with one goal and two assists in the period.
Adrian would respond with three consecutive scores that cut the DU advantage to 8-3 at the midway point of the second quarter. That's where the Bulldog run would end as the home team would score the next seven goals, resulting in a 15-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Two fourth quarter scores by Adrian would set the final at 15-5.
Farinholt and James Meager led the offense with five points apiece. Farinholt finished with two goals and three assists while Meager posted a hat trick and two helpers. Senior Chapin Speidel took three shots, scoring twice. He also added an assist. DU's goals were spread out democratically as 11 players accounted for the 15 goals. Senior attack Eddie Vita scored once. His career goal count now stands at 98.
Eric Baumgardner was 13-for-19 when facing off. He also led all players with 10 ground balls. Drew Newman ended with four ground balls and a team-high five caused turnovers. Senior defender Tommy Harrison also added four ground balls. In limited work, first-year John Reinhardt was effective, posting four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Sophomore goalie Chris Thomas got the start and posted seven saves in 45 minutes, allowing three goals. Clark Bullington was outstanding in his 15 minutes of work, posting six saves while letting two Adrian goals go on the board.
Adrian goalie Kevin Lerg finished with 18 saves while playing all 60 minutes. Drake Dailey-Chwalibog paced his squad with three goals and one assist.
Denison outshot Adrian 46-31 while winning the ground ball battle, 47-33. Denison also doubled up the Bulldogs in face-off's, winning 16-of-24. The Big Red also went a season-best 4-for-4 in extra-man.
The loss drops Adrian to 6-6 on the season while Denison moves to 11-0. Denison will host Kenyon on Wednesday (April 9) at 7:30 p.m. in the annual Thomsen-Heiser Trophy game.
* Denison's senior class is comprised of Austin Campbell, Connor Carroll, Tommy Harrison, Chip Phillips, Mike Soumekh, Chapin Speidel, and Eddie Vita. The group has posted a career record of 50-9 while winning 95 percent of their games in the North Coast Athletic Conference.