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Chapman’s goal lifts DU past Tigers

Molly Chapman scored 2 second-half goals to send DU past Colorado College.
Molly Chapman scored 2 second-half goals to send DU past Colorado College.

Junior Molly Chapman's goal with 9:24 left in regulation sent the Denison women's lacrosse team to a 13-12 victory over Colorado College on Thursday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo.  With the win, the Big Red returns home with a 3-1 record, while the Tigers fall to 6-3.

The two squads traded off the first six goals of the opening half.  In the first 10 minutes of the period, Claire Ludlow, Erin Keller and Kelsey Wright scored the Big Red's first three goals of the game.  Keller picked up her second tally of the game to give DU its first lead of the afternoon.  Denison extended its lead to three with two tallies less than a minute apart.  Whitney Powel found senior Lauren Adams with 17:52 to play.  Fifty-five seconds later, Adams picked up an assist on an Elsie Humes goal.

Back-to-back goals from the Tigers' Madeline Scherer and Dylan Voneiff shrunk the deficit to one at the midway point of the first half.  However, an unassisted goal by Ludlow rebuilt the Big Red's two-goal lead.  Colorado College quickly answered the Ludlow score with a Molly Lyons goal off an assist from Scherer.

After combining for 13 goals in the first 17 minutes of the contest, Denison and Colorado College went into an almost 13-minute scoring lull.  The Big Red ended the drought when Katie Wagner helped Ludlow complete the first-half hat-trick with 13 seconds on the clock.  With that late score, Denison took an 8-6 lead into the intermission.

In similar fashion as the first half, the two teams exchanged the first four tallies of the period which resulted in Denison maintaining a 10-8 advantage.  Roughly 10 minutes into the half, Sadie Cole converted a free position attempt to shrink the margin to one.  At the 17:12 mark, Lyons scored a man-up goal, her fourth of the game, off an assist from Mary Taussig to tie that match at 10-10.

At the midway point of the period, Keller notched her third goal of the day via free position shot to tie the contest.  The lead was shot lived though as Scherer scored a pair of unassisted goals 32 seconds apart to put the Tigers in front 12-11.  Now trailing by a goal, the Big Red had roughly 11 minutes to net the equalizer.  The DU offense needed just 29 seconds to tie the game for the sixth time.  After being fouled on a previous free position attempt, Chapman converted her second shot with 10:50 to play.

Colorado College won the ensuing draw control and generated two shot attempts, with the second being stopped by goalie Laura Van Horn.  Following the Van Horn save, the Big Red quickly moved the ball into their offensive zone.  Denison wasted no time regaining the lead as Chapman scored an unassisted tally.  The Tigers did record two shots over the final nine-plus minutes, neither of which found the back of the net.

Colorado College outshot the Big Red 34-23 and converted 18-of-21 clear attempts, while DU was successful 14 out of 21 times.  The Tigers also collected 25 ground balls to Denison's 18. The Big Red also won 19 of 29 draw controls and scored three times in seven free position attempts.

Chapman, Keller and Ludlow all recorded hat-tricks, while Wright added two scores.  Van Horn improved to 3-0 after making 10 stops in almost 50 minutes between the pipes.  Scherer led Colorado with five goals and an assist, while Lyons chipped in four goals. Martha Smith made seven saves in 60 minutes.

Denison (3-3) returns home to host Kalamazoo College on Sunday at 3 p.m.