OBERLIN, Ohio—Denison overcame a six-goal first half deficit by outscoring Oberlin 13-5 over the final 38 minutes to leave the Knowlton Complex with a 15-12 victory. The win keeps Denison in sole possession of first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference at 3-0.
With 14 minutes left the game was tied, 11-11. A yellow card on Oberlin's Emily Berner gave the Big Red an advantage and they capitalized as Leah Israel converted a free position attempt. Denison's Kiely Noonan won the ensuing draw and Claudi Rafi converted, putting DU on top, 13-12.
With seven minutes to play, Hannah Magarian saved a shot by Oberlin's Hayley Drapkin. At the other end, Claire Ludlow found Maddy Heher on a cut for her ninth goal of the season. A minute later, Heher was assisting on Rafi's third goal of the day and Denison had built themselves a 15-11 lead with under four minutes to play.
Oberlin got one more goal from Natalie Rauchle but over the final three minutes, three Yeowomen shots sailed wide as Denison left town with the hard fought win.
Ludlow finished with three goals, two assists, three ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. She moved into third place on Denison's career goals list (157) and up to fourth place in career points (215).
Rafi and Noonan also added hat tricks while Israel and Reid Hirschey scored two goals apiece. Heher turned in four points by scoring one goal and adding three assists.
Magarian played the second half in goal for Denison and posted three saves. Becca Jones got the start and finished with two saves in 30 minutes. Their counterpart, Alexa L'Insalata racked up 15 saves for the Yewomen.
Denison outshot Oberlin 38-21 while holding down a 20-9 edge in draw controls. Oberlin was led in scoring by Maggie Mullard's five goals.
The Big Red returns to action on Wednesday (April 12) when they host DePauw at 6 p.m.