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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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#11 Denison takes down the Bishops for the second time

2019 NCAC Tournament Champions  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
2019 NCAC Tournament Champions | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Denison men's lacrosse captured the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship following a 17-11 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday at Piper Stadium.  This is Denison's fifth NCAC Tournament championship since it was introduced by the conference in 2013. 

Sophomore goalie Reeves McKenney turned in a career-high 21 saves and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player in the postgame awards ceremony.  McKenney posted six saves in the first quarter, helping offset Ohio Wesleyan's hot start.  The Battling Bishops took a 4-1 first quarter lead after Max Tennant's man-up goal with 4:35 left in the period.

Denison came alive in the second, outscoring the Bishops 6-1 behind two goals from Spencer Butler and goals from Jake Waxter, Brooks Davy, Owen Armstrong, and Sam Asman.  The scoring flurry allowed DU to take an 8-5 lead into halftime.

The Battling Bishops roared out of the gates once again, scoring three-straight goals to open the second half, knotting the game at 8-8. 

With the score tied 9-9 late in the third, Camden Bowdy found Jake Waxter who scored his second goal of the afternoon.  With 1:21 left in the third, Chris Haimbaugh dodged and scored at the doorstep to put DU on top, 11-9.

Denison went on to score three goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter to take a five-goal lead.  With 44 seconds remaining, Peter Pittroff connected with LSM Aidan O'Neill on the final of the game.  The assist moved Pittroff past Liam Rooney '17 as Denison's career leader in assists with 163. 

Another career record was broken on Sunday as senior faceoff specialist Henry DeCamp became the all-time leader in ground balls, passing Eric Baumgardner '16.  DeCamp was brilliant in this year's NCAC Tournament.  After returning from a lengthy injury last Saturday in the regular season finale versus Ohio Wesleyan, he went 24-for-28 with 20 ground balls against Wooster and was 23-of-31 with 18 GB's against OWU.  He was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Michael Bomes, Davy, and Waxter.

The Big Red held a decisive 60-40 advantage in shots and a 37-26 lead in ground balls.  Ohio Wesleyan goalie Joey Sichenzia finished with 15 saves while Tennant and Steven Hildebrand tallied four goals apiece. 

Davy led Denison's offense with four goals and one assist.  Waxter scored twice with four assists.  Asman and Haimbaugh scored a pair of goals while Bowdy scored once with two assists. 

With the win, Denison advances to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 24th time in program history.  The Big Red improves to 56-47-1 all-time against Ohio Wesleyan.  Over the last decade, the Big Red holds a 14-5 advantage in rivalry games with the Battling Bishops.

The NCAA Division III Selection Show will take place on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.