Fourth quarter blitz sends #11 Denison past Ohio Wesleyan

Spencer Butler  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Spencer Butler | Photo by Jace Delgado

DELAWARE, Ohio—No. 11 Denison outscored Ohio Wesleyan 7-1 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 16-13 victory over the Battling Bishops on Saturday at Selby Stadium.  With the in, Denison captures the program's 18th North Coast Athletic Conference championship.  The Big Red will be the No. 1 seed in next week's NCAC Tournament.

The Battling Bishops had the momentum early as they built an 8-4 lead heading into the second half.

Jack Jeschke opened the third quarter with his second goal of the afternoon to give the Bishops a 9-4 advantage.

In the third, Denison senior attackman Spencer Butler began to heat up.  He scored three-straight goals over a two-minute span to get his squad to within two goals at 9-7. 

OWU fended off the Denison run with two goals to close out the third quarter, sending them into the fourth with a 12-9 lead.

The fourth quarter belonged to Denison.  Senior All-American faceoff specialist Henry DeCamp made his return to the Big Red lineup after missing the last six games with an injury.  His gritty 18-for-30 performance at the faceoff dot was pivotal in Denison's comeback.  He finished with seven ground balls.  Chris Broderick continued his stellar play at LSM and on the wing with eight ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Big Red scored the first seven goals of the fourth quarter to ride a wave of momentum to the 16-13 victory over their rivals.

Butler scored three more goals in the fourth to finish with seven goals on 13 shots.  The senior moved past Andy John into second place on Denison's all-time scoring list with 176 goals.  Brady Burton is the program's all-time leading goal scorer with 189 goals.

Reeves McKenney turned in a career-high 17 saves highlighted by a brilliant eight-save second quarter.  OWU's Joey Sichenzia posted 14 saves.  Jake Waxter scored two goals and had two assists and Chris Haimbaugh scored two goals on three shots.

With the win, Denison improves to 54-47-1 all-time against Ohio Wesleyan. 

The Big Red (14-2, 8-0 NCAC) will host Wooster in the semifinals on the NCAC Tournament on Thursday (May 2) at 4 p.m. at Piper Stadium.