October 26, 2013

Denison improves to 16-1 after overtime win at Kenyon

Overtime might as well be called magic time for the Big Red in 2013. 

Katie McMahon's goal in the 75th minute of play propelled Denison to a 3-2, comeback victory over Kenyon College on Saturday morning in Gambier.  It also moved the Big Red to 5-0 in overtime contests this season.  DU now sits at 16-1 with just one regular season contest left on the docket.

Denison might boast a sparkling .941 winning percentage, but they have had their share of adversity this season.  They have also managed to wiggle out of those tough situations, time and time again.  Saturday was no different.  Mia Day put her squad out in front in the 20th minute of play off an assist by Taylor Bacon.

Seven minutes later, after a shot by Kenyon's Christine Bloom resulted in a defensive save by Denison senior Karla Dixon, the Ladies were awarded a penalty stroke that was converted by Maddie Breschi, evening the score at 1-1. 

In the opening minute of the second half, the Ladies went on the offensive as Sammy Johnston's shot was saved by DU goalie Laura Campbell.  The rebound was secured by Rachel Hall who sent another shot at the cage that was cleared away by Alex W. Berman.  Eleven minutes and three penalty corner attempts later, Kenyon would take a 2-1 lead when Julie Freedman knocked in her sixth goal of the season.

Over the next 13 minutes, Campbell would post two big saves in cage and then, with just 8:27 left in regulation, Molly Chapman tied the match off a penalty corner that was played in by Day.

The next shot DU would attempt would come in the fifth minute of overtime and that would be the eventual game winner as Chapman found McMahon off a penalty corner attempt.

The victory extends Denison's winning streak to 12 games.  That matches the 12-game winning streak posted by the 1984 team.  It is also one win shy of the program record for consecutive wins, set in 1980.

The Ladies outshot the Big Red 11-6 and held a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.  Breschi paced Kenyon with four shots while McMahon led Denison with four.  Campbell posted four saves in cage for the Big Red while Dixon and Chapman contributed defensive saves.  Kenyon goalie Sydney Carney-Knisely finished with one save.

Denison's regular season finale will occur next Saturday (Nov. 2) when they host Oberlin College at 11 a.m. in Granville.  While Denison moves to 16-1 overall and 12-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference with the win, Kenyon's record dips to 10-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play.