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Sat Feb 25
Final
9 Fredonia
17 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Feb 26
Final
11 #9 Brockport
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 04
Final
15 Denison
6 vs. Allegheny
@ Greenville, Pa. in Greenville, Pa.
Sun Mar 12
Final
8 Denison
7 vs. Springfield
@ NTC-Florida in Clermont, Fla.
Wed Mar 15
Final
8 Rensselaer
13 vs. Denison
@ @ NTC-Florida in Clermont, Fla.
Fri Mar 17
Final
7 Denison
16 vs. Rowan
@ @ NTC-Florida in Clermont, Fla.
Sat Mar 25
Final
5 Denison
17 at #6 Cortland St.
in Cortland, N.Y.
Tue Mar 28
Final
15 Denison
7 at Mount Union
in Alliance, Ohio
Sat Apr 01
Final
13 Wittenberg
19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 08
Final
15 Denison
12 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Wed Apr 12
Final
3 DePauw
16 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 15
Final
0 Hiram
22 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 18
Final
18 Denison
9 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Apr 22
Final
18 Denison
4 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Wed Apr 26
Final
5 Kenyon
17 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 29
Final
13 Denison
10 vs. Stevenson
@ Bethel Park High School in Bethel Park, Pa.
Wed May 03
Final
9 Wittenberg
19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Sat May 06
Final
10 Oberlin
15 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Championship
Sun May 14
Final
17 Brockport St.
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAA Tournament Second Round
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High-powered offense lifts DU past Witt

Colleen Muldoon | Photo by Jason Miller
Colleen Muldoon | Photo by Jason Miller

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Big Red used a 10-goal surge to help secure a 19-9 victory over Wittenberg in the semifinal round of the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday.

Free-position goals by Leah Israel and Claire Ludlow inside the first two minutes quickly gave the Big Red a two-score advantage. After the Tigers tied the contest at 2-2, Ludlow and freshman Kiely Noonan rebuilt the multi-goal advantage.

Facing another disadvantage, Wittenberg went on to score five of the next six goals to grab a 7-5 lead with 10 minutes left in the half. Israel pulled DU to within one with a free-position score at the 8:24 mark. Maddy Heher tied the game after taking a pass from senior captain Annie McMahon and firing a shot past goalie Mary Furlong. Just 22 seconds later, junior Halle Walsh put Denison back in front off a feeder from Ludlow.

Over the final 4:48 of the half, the Big Red found the back of the net four more times to take a five-goal advantage. Noonan bookended the burst with a pair of unassisted tallies, while Ludlow and fellow senior Reid Hirschey also scored late in the period. The offensive surge continued in the second half. Noonan found Heher and Virginia Hamilton as 26:54 and 17:24, respectively. Israel extended DU's lead to eight with an unassisted tally at 12:31.

Victoria Zysik ended the 10-goal run at 12:11 with an unassisted marker. Noonan's fourth goal of the game with just under 10 minutes to play, while Hirschey scored off an assist from Colleen Muldoon. Leander Perun's goal got the running clock going with 6:08 left in regulation. The final goals of the game came from the Tigers' Emily Wadds and Hamilton, setting the final score at 19-9.

The Big Red nearly doubled up Wittenberg in shots (46-24) while collecting twice as many ground balls, 32-16. Denison was a perfect 18-for-18 in clear attempts, while also committing just 11 turnovers. The Tigers held an 18-11 advantage in draw controls but 24 turnovers stifled their offensive production. The Big Red also forced a season-high tying 17 turnovers.

Noonan finished with a game-high six points after scoring four times and dishing out two assists. She also controlled four draws, while Ludlow had four points (3 goals, 1 assist). Heher and Israel also scored three goals apiece, while Hamilton finished with two goals and one helper.

Israel and Grace Gavula co-led the team with six ground balls each, while Walsh scooped up five. Jane Goodspeed had three draw controls and three ground balls, while Muldoon caused three turnovers. Hannah Magarian (8-2) made the start and finished with one save in 30 minutes, while Becca Jones had four saves in the second half.

For the sixth time in the last seven seasons, the Big Red will play for the NCAC Tournament Championship. As the top-seed, they will host second-seeded Oberlin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Piper Stadium in Granville. Denison is seeking their fourth-straight conference tournament title.