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Field Hockey runs streak to 11 with win over Witt

Charlotte Happel  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Charlotte Happel | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Thanks to multiple goals from sophomore Charlotte Happel and freshman Charlotte Godfrey, Denison field hockey extended its winning streak to 11 as the Big Red handed a 7-2 loss to Wittenberg at Piper Stadium.

After defeating the Tigers 3-2 in overtime back on Sept. 23, Denison scored its first goal of the match off a penalty stroke in the fourth minute when freshman Michelle Kabaira ripped it past Wittenberg goalkeeper Allie Purvis to put DU up, 1-0.

Then Happel gave the Big Red a two-score advantage in the 14th minute when she accepted a cross from Emily Marlatt just in front of the goal and finished it in the back of the cage. Megan Niswonger scored with three minutes left in the first half to help Wittenberg cut Denison's lead in half at 2-1.

To open the second half, Happel answered first in the 45th minute as she accepted another pass from Marlatt and secured her 11th goal of the season. Godfrey scored in the 48th and 54th minute of the contest to give her eight goals on the season. On her second goal, Godfrey saved a loose ball from going out of play and swept it in the cage.

Wittenberg's Blaine Donnelly cut the Denison lead to 5-2 with a goal in the 61st minute, but another penalty stroke goal from Kabaira in the 64th minute and a third goal on the day for Happel was all they needed as the Big Red defeated the Tigers, 7-2.

Denison's goalkeeper Kerry Lawler totaled her ninth win of the season for the Big Red as she contributed a full match effort. For Wittenberg, Purvis totaled seven saves for the Tigers in 70 minutes of action.

DU outshot Wittenberg 27-4 for the match and Happel's hat-trick led all scorers. Godfrey's 10 shots were a match-best, while she and Kabaira finished second on the team with two goals each.

The Big Red are now just two wins away from tying their 13-game winning streak that was last accomplished back in 2013.

Denison returns to Deeds Field-Piper Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 25th when they welcome Earlham College to Granville for a 5 p.m. contest.

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