GRANVILLE, Ohio—Eleventh-ranked Denison advanced to the championship of the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament after a 14-6 victory over Kenyon College in the semifinal round from Piper Stadium.
Exactly one week earlier Denison and Kenyon met in Granville and the Big Red came away with a convincing 25-1 win. The Lords returned with a much better showing on this night and managed to keep within three to five goals of Denison until the fourth quarter.
Denison sophomore attackman Peter Pittroff had an excellent night quarterbacking the offense. He had a hand in nine of the Big Red's 14 goals as he posted a hat-trick while notching six assists.
In the first quarter, Denison's first goal came in transition when Josh Happ found Ben Duhoski in an unsettled situation for his second goal of the season. Five minutes later, Brooks Davy scored on a pass from Pittroff.
Kenyon responded with a goal from Matt Pollack with 7:03 left in the first but Pittroff closed out the quarter with a pair of goals that were separated by only 38 seconds.
Denison's largest lead of the first half came midway through the second quarter when Pittroff's third goal put the Big Red up 8-3.
In the second half, Kenyon cut the deficit to 9-6 on Jonah Florence's 21st goal of the season. The Big Red squashed any hopes of a Kenyon comeback when Pittroff found Spencer Butler, then Josiah Wilson on back-to-back goals to go up 11-6. In the fourth, DU outscored Kenyon 3-0 to set the final at 14-6.
Joining Pittroff on the offensive leaderboard was Davy who scored three goals. He leads DU in scoring and is the ninth player in Denison history to score 50 goals or more in a season.
Chris Broderick had two caused turnovers and four ground balls and Peter Doering also added two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Henry DeCamp won 18-of-23 faceoffs and led all players with 10 ground balls.
Reeves McKenney posted 10 saves in goal for Denison. His counterpart, Matt Pantalon, finished with five saves for the Lords.
Denison and Ohio Wesleyan will square off at Selby Stadium on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m.