March 29, 2014

Second half pushes Gators past DU

Allegheny scored the final three goals of the game to earn a 12-10 win over Denison from a rainy and cold Piper Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Denison held a 7-4 lead at the half thanks to three goals from sophomore Carol Allen, but the Gators came out of the locker room with a vengeance, scoring the first four goals of the second half in within the first 6 minutes of play.  Allegheny's duo of Kelsey Rodgers and Whitney Bell proved to be the difference in the contest.  Bell would go on to assist on five of Rodgers' game-high eight goals.  On the year, Bell leads the team with 34 assists while Rodgers is the team-leader in goals with 38.

With 14:34 to play, Denison junior Erin Keller tied the game at 10-10 off a pass from Whitney Powel.  After winning the draw, Allegheny would strike back 20 seconds later with Rodgers' seventh goal of the game.  Denison's Molly Chapman would win the ensuing draw, and after a free-position attempt by Keller sailed high, Chapman would connect with Powel, tying the game once again at 11-11 with 12:29 to play.

Two minutes would run off the clock until an Allegheny turnover would give the ball back to the Big Red.  That's when Claire Ludlow charged the goal and scored an unassisted tally, which gave her team a 12-11 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.

That would be the final goal of the game for Denison, as Rodgers, and two goals from Kelly Dickson would propel the Gators to a road victory.

Denison outshot Allegheny 33-27, and held a 15-12 advantage in draw controls.  Allen paced Denison with three goals and one assist, while Chapman ended with two goals, two assists, and eight draw controls.  Keller scored twice, caused three turnovers, and had four ground balls, while Powel ended with one goal, two assists, and five draw controls.

Rodgers ended one goal shy of tying her own school record for goals in a game, with eight.  She netted her eight goals on just 12 shot attempts.  Bell finished with seven assists, and Dickson posted four goals.  Alyssa Rapelje led Allegheny with seven ground balls and Gusty Mead ended with a team-high six draw controls.

Allegheny improves to 9-0 while Denison drops to 4-2.  This marked the first North Coast Athletic Conference contest for both squads.  Denison will return to action on Tuesday (April 1) when they host Oberlin College at 4 p.m.