Field Hockey shuts out Scots for sixth-straight win

Rachel Kelsey  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Rachel Kelsey | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Led by three goals in the first half, Denison field hockey tallied their sixth-straight win on Friday evening after shutting out the College of Wooster, 3-0, at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium in Granville. The victory also helped the Big Red stay undefeated in the North Coast Athletic Conference, improving to 9-0 while remaining at the top of the NCAC.

Holding the Scots to zero shots in the first half, DU countered with 14 total shots in the first 35 minutes of play. After Michelle Kabaira, Maya Tumiwa, and Abby Scully combined for six of Denison's first seven shots, the Big Red broke through in the 28th minute when Tumiwa connected with senior Alyssa Bahel who weaved around Wooster's Katie Shideler and finished in the cage for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

Just over one minute later, senior Lucy Pearsall accepted a pass from Scully on the right side and fired it past the goalie for her fifth goal of the year and to increase DU's lead to 2-0.

With the first half coming to a close, the Big Red offense continued to come through when Pearsall laced a shot from the left side and freshman Rachel Kelsey tipped it in as time expired to put Denison in front 3-0 at intermission.

Despite being outshot in the second half 4-3, the Big Red defense held on for their sixth shutout of the season as DU improved to 11-2 overall. The loss dropped Wooster to 10-3 on the season and 6-3 in the conference.

Highlighted by three different players on the scoring front, Tumiwa led the match with six shots total and five shots on goal while adding an assist. Pearsall finished the match with three total points on one goal and one assist. Pearsall's assist was the 25th of her career, tying her for second in program history with Kerry Arnold (1997-00).

In goal, Teya Adams improved to 10-2 on the season after making two saves in 70 minutes of action, while Wooster's Shideler recorded nine saves in a full match effort.

Winner's of nine of the last 10 matches, the Big Red have outscored their opponents 25-5 during that stretch, including a 22-3 mark in conference play.

Denison returns to Deeds Field-Piper Stadium on Saturday, October 13 for an 11 a.m. matchup with Oberlin College.