GAMBIER, Ohio -- Back-to-back seven-goal quarters helped propel fourth-ranked Denison to a 23-5 win over Kenyon on Wednesday. The victory clinches at least a share of the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. A win over Wabash on Saturday would secure the program's 17th NCAC title.
The Big Red took control of the game early by rattling off the first six goals of the contest. Sophomore Owen Armstrong opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game. Jake Waxter, Brooks Davy, Will Donohue and Liam Rooney all scored in the first quarter, while Wills Hutras kicked off the scoring in the second. Five of those six goals were unassisted, while Davy's man-up score was set up by Waxter.
After the Pierce Kraft broke up the scoring surge, Denison went on a 9-0 burst that resulted in a 15-1 lead early in the third period. With 3:58 remaining in the third, Rooney netted his fourth goal of the game. That score moved the senior into 10th place on DU's all-time goals list, passing Victor Maddux (107). Early in the fourth period, Rooney picked up his 109th career goal, putting him one behind Eddie Vita (2011-14) for ninth on the list.
Donohue and Rooney paced the offense with six points each. Donohue scored six times, while Rooney had five tallies and one assist. Hutras also found the back of the net three times and added one helper, while Waxter had two goals and an assist. Armstrong and Davy each scored twice. Henry DeCamp won 10-of-12 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Donohue collected five ground balls, while Ben Duhoski had four. Starting goalie Stephen Paras improved to 12-0 between the pipes after making six stops in almost 33 minutes.
The Big Red outshot the Lords 66-22 and won 21 of 30 faceoffs. Denison went 18-for-19 in clear attempts, while also scooping up 41 ground balls compared to Kenyon's 20. DU was a perfect 2-for-2 in man-up opportunities, while the Lords had one man-up score in three tries.
Denison improves to 12-1 on the year and 7-0 in the NCAC while Kenyon falls to 5-7 and 3-4 in league play. With the victory, DU retained the Thomsen-Heiser Trophy. Created in 2012, the winner of the annual Denison-Kenyon regular season game is awarded the trophy that bears the name of the two of the program's legendary coaches: Denison's Tommy Thomsen and Kenyon's Bill Heiser.
The Big Red will close out the regular season on Saturday (April 22) when they entertain the Little Giants of Wabash College. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.