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Denison topples Calvin in NCAA second round

Kiely Noonan  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Kiely Noonan | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Denison women's lacrosse advanced to the regionals (third-round) of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament after a 21-4 victory over Calvin College on Saturday at Piper Stadium. 

With the win, Denison advances to the third round (Sweet 16) where they will play the winner of the Salisbury-Meredith second-round contest on Saturday, May 19 at a site to be determined.  Salisbury and Meredith will play their game on Sunday, May 13 in Salisbury, Maryland.

Denison jumped out to a 5-0 lead 12 minutes into the game thanks to scoring tallies by Leah Israel, Claudia Rafi, Liza Farnham and two from Molly Fischer.  Calvin broke through with its first goal with 18:01 left in the first half.  Three minutes later, Denison's Lindsey Karsh gave the Big Red a 6-1 lead. After the goal, lightning was spotted in the area, sparking a 54-minute delay.

When play resumed, Denison went on a tear, scoring seven-straight goals over an eight-minute stretch.  The run was powered by three-straight goals by Kiely Noonan that pushed her over the 70-goal plateau for the season.

DU went into halftime with a 13-3 lead and scored two more goals early in the second half.  With 18:47 left in the second half, more lightning in the area stopped play for another 50 minutes.

Denison returned from the delay with five-consecutive goals to end the game, including two goals and two assists from Lee Hayman during that stretch.

Noonan and Hayman finished the game with five points each, highlighted by a game-high four goals from Noonan. Goodspeed led the Big Red in draw controls (6) while Emily Marlatt tallied three ground balls and three caused turnovers on the day.

Goodspeed has totaled 98 caused turnovers in her career, breaking the program's all-time record of 93, set by Molly Lamdin in 2006. She has also collected 68 ground balls this season, ranking second in the single-season record books.

Continuing her ascent to the top in the Denison record books, Noonan's four goals and one assist moved her two points behind Cheryl Connolly's single-season best of 102, while her 72 goals place her one goal back of Maria Phoenix (73) for second all-time for goals in a season.

The win improves Denison to 17-2 overall, breaking the single-season record for victories (16) set in 1992. This also marks DU's first NCAA Tournament victory since May 9, 2012, when they defeated Adrian College in double overtime, 11-10.