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.
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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.
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 McKenney. Hannibal 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.