April 26, 2011

Rout at Otterbein results in 10th win

Colin Molloy scored four goals, Kyle Brown added three and first-year defenseman Tommy Harrison forced six turnovers as the No. 15 Big Red defeated Otterbein, 19-4 on Tuesday night.

The win by the Big Red improves their record to 10-2 on the season and sets the stage for Saturday's clash with No. 4 Stevenson at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium in Granville. The victory also marks the 32nd season in which a DU men's lacrosse team has reached double digits in the win column. Denison has achieved this feat in each of the last six seasons. The longest streak of consecutive 10-or-more win seasons in school history is seven, spanning the 1967-1973 seasons.

While the final score ended up heavily favoring the Big Red, Otterbein made things interesting for much of the first 15 minutes of play. After Denison got goals from Tanner Smith and Molloy in the opening three minutes of the contest, Otterbein rallied with three goals in the quarter. Denison would respond with a goal by Brown and a second goal from Smith, but heading into the second quarter, the Big Red clung to a 4-3 lead.

After the first six minutes of the second quarter went by without a goal, DU first-year Chapin Speidel scored an unassisted goal with 8:55 left in the first half. That Speidel goal would open the floodgates for the Big Red offense as they would go on to score 15 unanswered goals over the next 22 minutes of play. Heading into the fourth quarter the Big Red found themselves out in front 19-3 with the game very much in hand.

Denison outshot Otterbein 50-23 and won the ground ball battle, 45-30. Tyler King turned in his best game of the year at the face-off X by going 9-for-13 with five ground balls.  Molloy racked up four goals via 10 shots and Brown notched three goals and one assist off four shots.

Other statistical leaders for DU included Smith who posted five points (2 goals; 3 assists), Alex Hardt who scored two goals with one assist and Emmett Jones and Speidel who tallied two goals apiece.

Defensively, Harrison racked up six caused turnovers while gathering five ground balls. As a team, DU forced 24 of Otterbein's 31 turnovers. In extra-man situations the Big Red was 2-for-2 while Otterbein was 1-for-4.

Denison will return to action on Saturday (April 30) at 12 p.m. against Stevenson. Please note the game time was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but was moved up one hour. Not only is this game the 2011 regular season finale, it will also be Senior Day. The Denison Sports Network will provide a live video stream of Saturday's clash beginning 10 minutes prior to the face-off with the Mustangs.