GRANVILLE, Ohio – Following a 2-1 win over Rochester in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, Denison field hockey (17-3) has advanced to the tournament's round of 16 where they will play No. 4 Tufts University on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. The winner of Denison-Tufts will play the winner of No. 6 Johns Hopkins and No. 11 Messiah in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Survive & Advance: Wednesday's 2-1 win at Rochester was the program's first NCAA Tournament victory since 2000 when the Big Red defeated Eastern by the same score, 2-1, in overtime. This is also their first second-round appearance since 2011 when Denison suffered a 4-1 loss to MIT.
First Date: This will be the first-ever meeting between Denison and Tufts, and the first time in the program's history that the Big Red will play a current member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
My, Oh, Maya: Sophomore Maya Tumiwa scored on Denison's first penalty corner attempt against Rochester as she helped lead the Big Red to a 2-1 first-round victory. On the season, Tumiwa is tied for second on the team with seven goals while adding three assists. She also has three multi-goal performances in 2019 and was named an All-NCAC honorable mention.
Players of the Year: Prior to Wednesday's NCAA first round, Denison field hockey was honored with five All-North Coast Athletic Conference selections, including junior Abby Scully as Midfielder of the Year and Rachel Kelsey as the Defensive Player of the Year. This is the second-straight year that the Big Red have garnered multiple NCAC Player of the Year awards. Kelsey is also the program's third-straight NCAC DPOY after Michelle Kabaira earned the award in 2017 and 2018.
Defense Wins Championships: Winning the NCAC regular season and tournament championships in three consecutive seasons, Denison continues to boast a dominant defense in 2019. Led by Kelsey and senior Ali Gakenheimer, the Big Red defense has allowed only 10 goals in 20 matches this season and currently leads all of Division III with a team goals-against average of 0.50. Junior goalie Teya Adams has started all 20 games in the cage for DU, posting a save percentage of 0.839 and ranking second in the country with a 0.56 GAA.
AC Everything: A jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red offense, Veith tallied three points (goal & assist) in Denison's 2-1 win at Rochester, bringing her season total to four goals and four assists for 12 points. Also working as the penalty corner specialist for DU, Veith also ranks second on the team with a shots-on-goal success rate of .688.
Charlotte²: Junior Charlotte Godfrey and senior Charlotte Happel have worked as a dynamic duo on offense in each of the last three seasons. In 2019, Godfrey leads the Big Red in goals (9), assists (7), and points (25) while putting 45 shots on target. Happel sits at 16 points on six goals and four assists, including a multi-goal effort in the NCAC Tournament Championship win over Kenyon. Over the last three seasons, Godfrey and Happel have combined for 56 goals, good for 36 percent of the Big Red offense during that stretch.
Heading Home: A native of Baltimore, Md., junior defender Lyse Wagner will return home for Saturday's Sweet 16 tilt with Tufts. She has helped the Denison defense hold the opposition to a 0.081 shot percentage on the season.
Winning Streak: Denison has won 10-straight games dating back to an October 1 setback against Kenyon. During that streak, the Big Red has outscored the opposition 29-3.
A Tufts Tale: Ranked as the fourth-best team in the country, Tufts enters the Sweet 16 with an overall record of 14-4, including eight wins in their last 10 matches and a trip to the NESCAC Tournament Championship match. The Jumbos are led by sophomore Gillian Roeca who has posted a team-best 11 goals and 24 points. Claire Foley and Beth Krikorian have combined for 13 goals while Marguerite Salamone leads Tufts with seven assists. Sophomore goalie Andie Stallman has recorded 47 saves and a 1.06 GAA in 2019.