Sophomore Molly Chapman tied the Denison single-game record for assists and broke the single-season assist record, helping the Big Red dispatch visiting Hiram College, 20-0, on Saturday at Piper Stadium.
Chapman tallied seven assists on the day, tying the school record that has been held by Jeanne Walsh since 1998. Her fourth assist of the day also broke the single-season assist record of 36 that has been held by Denison Hall of Famer Christina Monacelli since 1992. Chapman's seven assists moved her season total to 40. She also scored one goal in the first half, making her the first 40-goal, 40-assist player in Big Red history.
Digging further into the record books, Chapman is just five assists away from becoming Denison's career-assist leader.
Not only was Chapman locked in as a passer, she was also democratic in her distribution. Her seven assists were spread out to six different Denison players. Classmate Erin Keller was the only two-time benefactor. She ended with a game-high four goals and one assist while posting five draw controls. Senior Molly Cornbrooks added four draw controls and three ground balls while Carol Allen notched three goals, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman Margaret Iglar came off the bench to score three goals and first-year Kelsey Wright chipped in one goal and three assists.
The Big Red was hard on the Terriers in transition. Hiram converted only 4-of-18 clearing attempts. That led Hiram to 26 turnovers, 14 of which were caused by Denison's attacking defense.
Grace Bodenmann played the first half in goal for Denison and posted five saves. Laura VanHorn played the final 30 minutes and recorded one save. Hiram goalie Rebecca Greenhouse finished with 11 saves. Lacey Zerner led her squad with four draw controls.
Denison improves to 13-2 overall and 6-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Big Red is tied for second-place in the conference standings with Kenyon. The Ladies hold the tiebreaker over Denison following Wednesday's 15-10 loss. That locks Denison in as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAC Tournament semifinals on Thursday (May 2). It also sets up a rematch with No. 2 Kenyon, in Gambier. The start time is TBD.