Denison scored 10 times in the second half to power past Oberlin on Saturday in a key North Coast Athletic Conference contest held in Oberlin, Ohio.
With the win, the Big Red remains third in the standings with a 4-2 NCAC mark, while the Yeowomen sit in a tie for fourth with Kenyon. Both teams are 3-3 in the conference and will close out the regular season with a game in Gambier, Ohio.
Denison and Oberlin played an even opening 30 minutes, scoring five goals each. Trailing by a goal when the clock read all zeros, Claudia Rafi was awarded a free position attempt that she cashed in on to tie the contest at 5-5 heading into the intermission. The goal was her 21st of the year. The Yeowomen held a slight 13-11 edge in shots. Eight of those 13 attempts required a save by DU goalie Becca Jones.
The Big Red carried the momentum from Rafi's half-ending goal into the second period as they recorded the first three tallies of the half. Sophomore Carol Allen played a part in all three goals, scoring two times and assisting on a third. Allen notched her first goal off an assist from Whitney Powel just 44 seconds into the period. At 21:01, she assisted on a score by Leah Israel to build the first multi-goal lead of the game. Allen made it a three-goal game 53 seconds later with her second goal of the afternoon.
Oberlin ended its scoring drought with just under 20 minutes to play, but Denison answered with five-consecutive goals to build a commanding 13-6 lead. Lizzy Pellicane and Claire Ludlow scored the first two of the run, while Kelsey Wright and Rafi added two more just 16 seconds apart. Rafi registered her third-straight hat trick with 7:21 on the clock.
Each team scored twice in the final 6:47 as the Big Red secured their third-consecutive win in their final road game of the regular season. Allen finished with three goals and an assists, while five other players each registered two goals. Allen scored twice and dished out three assists, while Powel finished with four helpers. Wright, Ludlow, Israel and Erin Keller were the other multiple-goal contributors.
Ludlow, Keller and Emily Marlatt each had two ground balls, while Powel finished with four draw controls. Keller and Melissa Weinsz had three and two, respectively. Jones finished with a career-high tying 11 saves in 60 minutes of work.
Suzanna Doak paced the Yeowomen (9-4) offense with three goals and an assist, while Sara Phister and Grace Barlow each had two goals and a helper. Goalie Alexa L'Insalata made seven saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Denison (7-6) will close out the regular season with two home games next week. The Big Red will open the week against DePauw on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before hosting Hiram for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m.