OWINGS MILLS, Md.-- A 10-0 run between the second and third quarters was enough to send the 16th ranked Dickinson Red Devils to a 15-8 win over No. 2 Denison at the 2018 Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson University.
The Big Red jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter after goals by Brooks Davy and Chris Haimbaugh. Denison controlled the pace in the opening quarter and kept the Red Devils off the scoreboard.
That changed 12 seconds in the second quarter when Charlie DeMuth scored after securing the ground ball off the faceoff. For the next 30 minutes of play, it was all Dickinson. In a span of three minutes, the Red Devils put four goals on the board to take a 4-2 lead.
Possessions were hard to come by for the Big Red during the Dickinson run. When DU did take a shot, Red Devil goalie Cole Pellicano was usually there to make the big save. He ended the game with 14 saves, with nine coming in the second and third quarters.
Ground balls, which are typically a strength of the Big Red, also went to their opponents. Dickinson nearly doubled up Denison in ground balls between the second and third quarters (18-10).
The Big Red headed to the fourth quarter trailing 12-4. Dickinson's Jack O'Connell scored in the opening minutes to go up by nine, making a Denison comeback highly unlikely. Over the final 10 minutes, Denison did outscore Dickinson 4-2, setting the final at 15-8.
This marked the second loss in as many days for the Big Red who entered this year's Mustang Classic undefeated at 5-0. The saving grace for Denison is both losses came to nationally ranked opponents in No. 10 Amherst and the 16th ranked Red Devils.
Dylan Maher led Dickinson with three goals and two assists. Tyler Strods tallied four goals and Ryan Campbell was 14-of-22 when facing off. He led the way with eight ground balls.
Denison was led in scoring by Spencer Butler's three goals and one assist. Peter Pittroff assisted on four of DU's eight goals, running his season assist total to 27. Davy scored two goals while Jake Waxter (1 goal, 1 assist), Haimbaugh (1 goal) and Owen Armstrong (1 goal) closed out the scoring.
Stephen Paras got the start in goal for Denison and he finished with 13 saves in 60 minutes.
Denison will wait until Friday, March 23 to try and rebound. They will take on Rhodes College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Faceoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. on the campus of Queens University.