Big Red blows out Otterbein
Denison eight first quarter goals and outshot visiting Otterbein 63-9 en route to a 23-2 victory on Tuesday night from Piper Stadium.
After closing out the program's 13th North Coast Athletic Conference championship on Saturday against Kenyon, 13 different Big Red players would get in the scoring column against the Cardinals, resulting in Denison's largest margin of victory this season.
The Big Red defense checked into the game ranked fifth in the nation, holding the opposition to 5.6 goals per game. They lowered that average to 5.3 while forcing the Cardinals into 34 turnovers.
Current NCAC Player of the Week, Zach Walsh, got things going with an extra-man goal in the opening minutes of the contest off a pass from Chapin Speidel. Alex Hardt, Eddie Vita and Speidel would follow with goals over the next four minutes, putting DU up 4-0 midway through the first quarter.
After an Otterbein goal by Graham Shippy, Cory Couture would spark a 12-0 run by DU that would last until the middle of the third quarter. Late in the third quarter, junior attack Tyler King got hot, scoring a career-high four goals to lead the team. Couture finished with three goals and three assists while Eddie Vita chipped in three goals and a pair of assists. Walsh finished with three goals while Hardt added two goals and two assists. Speidel also tallied four points with one goal and three helpers.
DU gathered 51 grounds balls and was led by Chip Phillips who scooped up five to go along with his 12-for-16 day at the face-off X. Goalie Gregg Shannon and senior defenseman Nick Farrell each added four ground balls. In the caused turnover department, sophomore long stick midfielder Austin Campbell added four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
The Denison defense wreaked havoc on Otterbein's ability to clear as the Cardinals finished just 9-for-19 in transition. In extra-man situations the Big Red were 3-for-7 while Otterbein went 0-for-2.
Otterbein goalie Adam Hatchard posted 10 saves in 30 minutes while back-up Billy Lindhard notched six saves in 30 minutes of action in the second half. Nick Petracca played 35 minutes in the start to pick up the win while Shannon played the final 25 minutes, posting two saves.
Denison will close out its regular season on Saturday against St. Vincent at 2 p.m. from Piper Stadium.