On Saturday in the Wooster, the Big Red started the game just a bit better than the Fighting Scots could finish it. That resulted in a 15-12 victory for Denison, keeping them in the driver's seat in the North Coast Athletic Conference at 11-3 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Denison was on a tear in the first half as they scored the first nine goals of the game and took a 10-1 lead into the intermission. Three goals in the first half came from Lisa Feroli and Molly Chapman, who assisted on one of Feroli's goals, scored twice off goals from Lauren Adams and Feroli.
In that opening 30 minutes of play, Denison scored 10 goals on just 14 shots. They won seven draws and forced the Scots into five turnovers.
In the second half, the turnovers would rise for both teams and that would spark Wooster to four-straight goals to open the half. With the score 10-5 in favor of the Big Red, Denison went on a four goal run over a 10 minute period that made any Wooster comeback attempt an improbable one. During that run, Olivia Shiland converted an 8-meter attempt. Feroli scored her fourth goal off a pass from Shiland. Shiland would score again off a feed from Chapman and Molly Sbrega notched her second goal off a pass from Alex Thurner.
Leading 14-5 with just under 15 minutes to play, Wooster would score seven of the final eight goals of the game, setting the final score at 15-12.
Feroli led Denison with four goals and two assists while Sbrega also added four scores for the Big Red. Shiland and Chapman each tallied five points (2 goals, 3 assists) and Adams scored two goals to go along with one assist. Thurner rounded out the scoring with one goal and two helpers.
Wooster was paced by Molly Sennett's three goals and one assist. Clare Nelson-Johnson also posted a hat trick while Shelby Ston scored once and added two assists.
The Scots outshot Denison 28-24 thanks to their 19 shot attempts in the second half. Senior Carly Tschantz led DU with nine draw controls and as a team, the Big Red took 17 draws compared to 11 for Wooster. Shiland and Grace Bodenmann led Denison with four ground balls apiece while Molly Cornbrooks chipped in four draws and three ground balls. Bodenmann ended with 12 saves in cage for DU.
Wooster goalie Shawna Ferris turned in five saves in 60 minutes while Stone led her squad with four ground balls.
Denison returns to action on Wednesday (April 25) against Wittenberg at 7 p.m. from Piper Stadium in Granville. If you can't make it to the game, the Denison Sports Network will provide live video coverage on Wednesday.