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Denison fends off late Adrian charge

Kelsey Wright scored the eventual game-winning goal at Adrian on Saturday.
Kelsey Wright scored the eventual game-winning goal at Adrian on Saturday.

Denison held off a late charge to edge Adrian, 14-13, and stay undefeated in 2013.  With the win, the Big Red improves to 5-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 6-2.

The two squads traded off the first four goals of the game, before back-to-back scores by Whitney Powel and Carol Allen gave DU a 4-2 edge.  Now up 4-3, Powel, Allen and Katherine Palms netted consecutive goals over a 7+ minute span to give the Big Red their largest lead of the day, 7-3.  Adrian rallied to trim the deficit to one, but a score by Molly Chapman with 15 seconds left in the half gave Denison an 8-6 edge heading into the intermission.

Adrian opened the half with a pair of goals in the first 2:07 to knot the contest at 8-8.  Allen broke the tie with a free-position goal at 24:57, but back-to-back free-position scores by Hannah Early and Heather Newblom gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the day, 10-9.

The Big Red quickly tied the game at 10-10 when Erin Keller found Powel for her 11th goal of the season and third of the game at 22:52.  Keller added a goal two minutes later, while tallies from Allen and Chapman made it a three-score contest.  With less than 12 minutes to play, Adrian's Stacey Birlson shrunk the margin to two.  Early then added a man-up goal off an assist from Birlson to close the gap to 13-12 with 8:17 on the clock.

With exactly seven minutes remaining, senior Molly Cornbrooks found Kelsey Wright for her seventh goal of the season, giving DU a 14-12 lead.  Almost three minutes later, Maddie Dugan converted a free-position attempt to make it a one-score game for the 10th time.

Denison freshman Rachel Pregel won the ensuing draw control, but, with 3:01 left in regulation, Adrian regain possession after a Big Red turnover.  After the successful clear, the Bulldogs had two minutes and 43 seconds to get the game-tying goal.  However, the DU defense forced a Birlson turnover that was scooped up by Isabel Swicklik.  The Big Red offense ran out the final 2:26 to lock up its fifth win of the season.

Allen paced the DU attack with five goals and an assist, while Powel chipped in three scores.  Keller and Chapman each logged two goals and an assist, while Cornbrooks dished out two helpers.  Melissa Weinsz led the defense with three ground balls, while Swicklik added two.  Denison keeper Grace Bodenmann improved to 4-0 on the year after making 11 saves in 60 minutes.

Denison (5-0) returns to action on Wednesday they host Washington & Jefferson College.  Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.