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Fri Aug 30
Final
2 Denison
1 at Dickinson
in Carlisle, Pa.
Sat Aug 31
Final
3 Denison
0 at Elizabethtown
in Elizabethtown, Pa.
Fri Sep 06
Final
1 Denison
2 at #17 Wash. & Jeff.
in Washington, Pa.
Sun Sep 08
Final - OT
0 Washington and Lee
1 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Sep 12
Final
1 Denison
0 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Sat Sep 21
Final
0 Oberlin
6 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Sep 22
Final - OT
1 Rhodes
2 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Sep 25
Final
1 Ohio Wesleyan
0 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Sep 28
Final
4 Denison
0 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Tue Oct 01
Final
2 Kenyon
1 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Oct 12
Final
0 Wooster
6 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Oct 17
Final
2 Denison
0 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Oct 19
Final
0 Allegheny
6 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Denison
0 at Earlham
in Richmond, Ind.
Sat Oct 26
Final
2 Denison
1 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Tue Oct 29
Final
0 Wittenberg
1 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Nov 02
Final
5 Denison
0 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Wed Nov 06
Final
0 DePauw
2 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
1 Kenyon
2 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
2 Denison
1 at Rochester (N.Y.)
in Rochester, N.Y. - NCAA Tournament First Round
Sat Nov 16
Final
0 Denison
3 vs. Tufts
@ Baltimore, MD in Baltimore, Md. - NCAA Tournament Second Round
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Denison tops Rochester, 2-1 in NCAA Tourney Opener

Maya Tumiwa (center)  |  Photo by Craig Hicks
Maya Tumiwa (center) | Photo by Craig Hicks

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--  Denison advanced to the second round of the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Tournament after a 2-1 victory over the University of Rochester on Wednesday at Fauver Stadium.  With the win, Denison (17-3) will face Tufts University on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 2 p.m. at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

With sub-freezing temperatures following a 10-inch snowfall on Tuesday, conditions were less than ideal but the Big Red came out of the gates red-hot.  On Denison's first penalty corner attempt of the match, AC Veith fed Maya Tumiwa at the top of the circle.  Tumiwa fired a rocket that drew nothing but the back of the goal, giving DU a 1-0 lead. 

Denison outshot Rochester 6-1 in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a strong second period, out-cornering the Big Red 5-2.  They nearly tied the match on a shot that drew iron but was swiftly cleared by the nation's stingiest defense.

In the final minute of the third quarter, the Big Red gave themselves some breathing room.  It was another penalty corner situation and this time, Charlotte Happel passed to Veith who deflected it past Rochester goalie Kate Kujawa for the second goal of the contest.

The Yellow Jackets cut the lead in half three minutes later when Maya Haigis scored via a penalty corner attempt after accepting a pass from Juney Lee. 

Over the final 12 minutes, Denison held firm, maintaining possession for a majority of the quarter.  Things did get tense when Rochester drew two penalty corners in the final minute of play.  The Big Red managed to stave off the final push from the home team to earn the program's first NCAA Tournament win since 2000 and the fifth tournament win, overall.

DU outshot Rochester 18-9 while holding a 9-8 advantage in corners.  Teya Adams made three saves for the Big Red while Kujawa finished with four saves for Rochester.  The Yellow Jackets also got a pair of defensive saves from Katherine Colon and Emma Schlechter.

Madeleine Hunt led the Denison offense with six shots.  Happel followed with three.

The winner of Saturday's second round matchup between Denison and Tufts will face the winner of the Johns Hopkins and Messiah second round contest on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. on the campus of Johns Hopkins.