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Sat Feb 16
Final
13 #12 Washington and Lee
14 vs. #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 23
Final
13 Stevenson
6 vs. #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 02
Final
20 #13 Denison
6 at #12 Roanoke
in Salem, Va.
Sat Mar 09
Final
16 #11 Denison
6 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Fri Mar 15
Final
9 #10 Denison
14 vs. #8 Dickinson
@ Stevenson in Owings Mills, Md. - Mustang Classic
Sat Mar 16
Final
12 #14 Franklin & Marshall
15 vs. #10 Denison
@ Stevenson in Owings Mills, Md. - Mustang Classic
Sat Mar 23
Final
10 Rhodes
16 vs. #13 Denison
@ St. Anne's Belfield in Charlottesville, Va.
Sat Mar 30
Final
7 Albion
24 vs. #13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Apr 03
Final
4 Oberlin
16 vs. #14 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 06
Final
3 Wabash
27 vs. #14 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 09
Final
15 #13 Denison
12 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Sat Apr 13
Final
5 Whittier
12 vs. #13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Apr 17
Final
23 Denison
9 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Apr 20
Final
10 Wittenberg
17 vs. #13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 23
Final
25 #11 Denison
3 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Apr 27
Final
16 #11 Denison
13 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Thu May 02
Final
8 Wooster
17 vs. #11 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Semifinal
Sun May 05
Final
11 Ohio Wesleyan
17 vs. #11 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Championship
Wed May 08
Final
6 Concordia Wisconsin
12 vs. #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAA Tournament 2nd Rd.
Sat May 11
Final
7 Rhodes
11 vs. #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAA Tournament Third Round
Wed May 15
Final
10 #9 Denison
19 at #2 Salisbury
in Salisbury, Md. - NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
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Battling Bishops oust Denison from NCAA Tournament

Spencer Butler  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Spencer Butler | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Entering the night, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan had played 11 times since 2015 and five of those contests were decided by one goal. 

You can add another one to the list.

In what was the utter definition of a back-and-forth contest, Ohio Wesleyan escaped with an 11-10 victory over Denison University under the lights at Piper Stadium.  The Battling Bishops (18-3) advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will meet Gettysburg on Wednesday, May 16 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Denison's season comes to a close at 16-4.

With Denison clinging to a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Battling Bishops won the opening faceoff and one minute later, Lucas Smith buried his 12th goal of the season to tie the game for the sixth time, 9-9.

With 11:45 left in the quarter, Owen Armstrong scored on Peter Pittroff's 74th assist of the season.

On the ensuing faceoff, Ohio Wesleyan was awarded possession after a foul on the Big Red.  Luke Leyden tied the game at 10-10 after accepting a nice pass from Cole Jamieson.

With 7:25 left in the contest, Cole Jamieson called his own number and scored the eventual game-winner.  The Big Red did have some strong chances down the stretch.  Two shots by Spencer Butler just missed wide and OWU goalie Ben Rigger took one off the board on a shot by Pittroff. 

With 1:28 left in the game, Leyden tried to slam the door but was denied by Denison goalie Reeves McKenneyHannibal George gathered the loose ball and after the clear, the Big Red called a timeout with 1:13 to draw up a potential game-tying play.

With 25 seconds on the clock, Jake Waxter fired a shot that was wide.  Armstrong made an attempt with nine seconds left but Josiah Wilson managed to get the ground ball.  He tried to create some space for himself but had to take a desperation attempt from 20+ yards out.  The shot was just wide of the cage and Rigger was there to stifle it as time expired.

Ohio Wesleyan's Max Tennant finished with three goals while Jamieson, Steven Hildebrand, Leyden, and Smith all scored two goals apiece.

Denison was led by Butler's three goals.  Brooks Davy scored two goals and had one assist.  He finished the year with 64 goals, one shy of the single-season record set last season by Will Donahue and Butler.  Waxter scored twice and had one assist and Armstrong chipped in two goals.  Sophomore Wills Hutras rounded out the scoring with one goal and an assist.  Pittroff led all players with four assists.

The Big Red outshot the Battling Bishops 37-30.  There were only two penalties issued in the game spanning 1:30.  Denison converted both EMO's in the first half.  McKenney finished with a career-high 11 saves.  Rigger posted 10 for OWU.

Henry DeCamp was 14-for-24 at the faceoff dot. He added nine ground balls.  Senior defenseman Ben Duhoski closed out a remarkable career with five ground balls and five caused turnovers.  The two-time All-American and four-year starter leaves Denison with 164 ground balls and 88 caused turnovers in 76 games.