OBERLIN, Ohio – Thanks to multiple goals from Charlotte Happel and Lucy Pearsall, Denison field hockey pushed its winning streak to nine on Friday afternoon, defeating Oberlin College 10-0 at the Knowlton Complex.
Outshooting Oberlin 12-0 in the first half, the Big Red capitalized twice in the first 10 minutes of play when freshmen Abby Scully and Charlotte Godfrey found the back of the cage for their first and fifth goals of the season, respectively. In the 15th minute, Pearsall recorded her second assist of the day when she obtained possession off a penalty corner and found Happel to give DU an early 3-0 lead.
Pearsall joined Denison's scoring party in the 23rd minute when she took an unassisted shot for her second goal of the season. The Big Red took a 4-0 advantage into intermission.
Opening the second half, Happel completed her hattrick for DU with back-to-back goals in the 38th and 39th minutes, just 35 seconds apart. Denison made it a 7-0 contest in the 49th minute when senior Emily Marlatt's shot was saved by Oberlin's goalkeeper Kennedy Kline, but Pearsall accepted possession off the rebound and finished it past the keeper for her second goal of the day.
Just over a minute later, Sophie Boyle sent a cross in front of the cage where Alyssa Bahel completed the play for her sixth goal of the season and to give Denison an 8-0 lead. Freshman Lauren Lazo and senior Melissa Hoey added goals in the 58th and 68th minutes, respectively, as the Big Red secured their ninth-straight victory, 10-0.
Denison's freshman keeper Teya Adams recorded her fourth shutout of the season, totaling two saves in 70 minutes of action. For Oberlin, Kline pitched in eight saves during her full match effort.
The Big Red outshot the Yeowomen 26-2 and won the penalty corner battle with a 13-1 advantage. Happel led all scorers with three goals on the day, while Pearsall added three assists to her two-goal performance. Senior Jane Higley's four total shots taken were a match-best, and Godfrey tied Pearsall and Happel for a match-lead with three shots on goal.
Denison's 10-goal outing was the most goals scored in a match for the Big Red since Oct. 11, 2012, when they defeated Bethany College, 10-0.
DU will return to Deeds Field-Piper Stadium next Thursday, Oct. 19 as they play host to Ohio Wesleyan University for a 4:30 p.m. start.