GRANVILLE, Ohio-- The Denison offense put 19 goals on the scoreboard between the second and third quarter allowing them to run away from Illinois Wesleyan for the 25-9 win in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Denison advances to the third round where they will clash with archrival Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, May 12 at Piper Stadium in Granville. The start time for that game will be determined on Thursday.
Illinois Wesleyan had the upper hand early as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead behind goals from Nick Winter, James Maibuecher, and Will Rossi.
Denison's Peter Pittroff asserted himself in the closing minutes of the first, scoring three-straight goals in a span of four minutes to give Denison a 4-3 lead.
With 8:46 to play in the second, Brooks Davy scored his fourth goal of the game on an assist from Josh Happ after another faceoff win by Henry DeCamp. That kicked off a streak of five-straight goals by Denison over a span of just four minutes. Davy scored the first extra-man goal of the contest with 3:12 left in the first half after a 30-second pushing penalty on IWU's Patrick Murphy. A goal by Spencer Butler with 1:43 left opened DU's lead to 13-6.
The deciding play in the game occurred seconds later when the Titans' Jack Monssen was flagged for an illegal cross check to the head. That resulted in a two-minute non-releasable penalty and the Denison man-up unit feasted on the EMO. They proceeded to score five times in a single man-up and at the conclusion of the penalty, the Big Red led 18-6 early in the third.
Davy scored three of the five man-up goals and exited the game in the third quarter with nine goals, just two short of the Denison single-game record set by Butler in last year's NCAA Tournament game against Illinois Wesleyan. Davy is just four goals shy of breaking the Denison single-season record of 65 set by Butler and Will Donahue last season.
Pittroff ended up tying the program's the single-game record for points with 12 as he finished with five goals and seven assists. Butler scored five goals and had one assist while DeCamp dominated the faceoff with a brilliant 21-of-25, 13 ground ball performance.
Nineteen of Denison's 25 goals came from its three starting attackmen. As a team, Denison outshot IWU, 56-38 and controlled the ground ball game, 51-29. Faceoffs were decidedly in favor of Denison as they went 25-of-30 in the first three quarters.
Reeves McKenny got the start in goal for Denison and posted seven saves with three coming in the pivotal first quarter. Stephen Paras played the final 15 minutes and made five saves.
Saturday's game versus Ohio Wesleyan will mark the 10th time that the two programs have met in the NCAA postseason and the first time it has occurred since 2011. Ohio Wesleyan advanced to the third round after a 13-5 win over Aurora.