GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison and Ohio Wesleyan will clash for the 100th time on Sunday afternoon at Piper Stadium. Both teams enter with identical 11-2 overall records and are 5-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. This Big Red is ranked sixth in the most recent USILA Division III Top-20 poll and the Battling Bishops are ranked 12th.
This will be the sixth nationally ranked opponent the Big Red has faced in 2018. They are 3-2 against top-20 teams with victories coming against Washington and Lee, Stevenson and Roanoke to start the season. Denison's only two losses have come against No. 10 Amherst and No. 16 Dickinson.
Prior to the start of Sunday's game, Denison's five senior members will be recognized. The group has posted a stellar record of 60-10 with two NCAC Championships, two NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four in 2017.
The first game in the series took place on April 30, 1958, in Granville, Ohio and Denison won the game, 14-5 behind four goals from Tom Menge and three goals from Jim Paull. The 1958 Denison squad was coached by Rix Yard. Ohio Wesleyan, who was in its first season as a varsity program, was coached by Fred Myers.
Denison leads the all-time series 54-44-1 and has won 13 of the last 16 games against OWU dating back to 2009.
Either Denison or Ohio Wesleyan has won at least a share of every NCAC championship since the inception of the conference in 1985. Denison has 17 conference championships to their credit and OWU has 19.
The two rivals have also been pitted against each other nine times in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Denison holds a 5-4 lead in the NCAA postseason against the Battling Bishops.
This year's Denison squad is led offensively by sophomore attack Peter Pittroff who is third in the nation in assists with 46. Junior attackman Brooks Davy leads the team in goals with 39. He was named to the USILA Division III Team of the Week on Tuesday. Senior defenseman Ben Duhoski leads the team with 18 caused turnovers and faceoff specialist Henry DeCamp is winning 63 percent of his faceoffs this season (161-of-246).
Ohio Wesleyan is led in scoring by Max Tennant who leads the NCAC in goals with 51. Steven Hildebrand follows with 35 goals and a team-best 26 assists. Ben Rigger boasts the NCAC's top save percentage at .556 while holding the opposition to just 7.8 goals per game.
Denison head coach Mike Caravana is in his 25th season leading the Big Red. He is 22-21 in his career against OWU. Mike Plantholt is in his eighth season in Delaware and is 3-10 when taking on the Big Red.
On Sunday, April 15, Denison University will be taking over the @NCAALAX Instagram account. Follow the stories feature there along with the @DenisonSports Instagram feed for behind the scenes action surrounding this once-in-a-lifetime event.
If you can't make it to Piper Stadium for the 1 p.m. start, the Denison Sports Network will be streaming the game live in high definition. Watch the game on your computer or mobile device or you can stream via the Denison Sports Network app that is available on Roku, AppleTV, AmazonFireTV and AndroidTV streaming devices. The app is free and all home Denison broadcasts are available. Just search "Denison" in the app store of your streaming device.