GRANVILLE, Ohio – Highlighted by a five-point performance from Maddy Heher and four goals from Kiely Noonan, Denison women's lacrosse pulled away in the second half to secure a 17-11 victory over Rhodes College on Thursday evening at Piper Stadium in Granville.
Leading the way with 35 of their 47 shots on goal and taking 20 of 30 draw controls, the Big Red outshot the Lynx 47-24 and grabbed control in the first half with 10 goals in the first 30 minutes of action.
Despite giving up the first goal of the game to Rhodes' Madison Rubino, the Big Red scored the next three goals, starting with Heher's feed from Virginia Hamilton at 21:50 to tie the game at 1-1. Twenty seconds later, Noonan followed with an unassisted goal to put DU in front, and Molly Fischer extended the lead to 3-1 at the 16:57 mark off an assist from Colleen Muldoon.
Leading 8-6 with 4:07 left in the first half, Noonan and Muldoon scored in the final three minutes of action to give Denison a 10-6 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Big Red wasted no time when Hope Adams scored her sixth goal of the season at 22:46, accepting a pass from Lindsey Karsh to put DU ahead by five, 11-6. A minute later, Heher tallied her third and final goal of the contest on an assisted effort from Casey McTague that put Denison in control with less than 22 minutes to play.
After Baylee Barker and Muldoon traded goals to make it a 13-7 Denison lead at the 17:52 mark, a DU yellow card gave the Lynx the advantage, and after a Big Red foul, Rhodes' Annika Hedlund capitalized on a free-position goal to trim their deficit to five, 13-8.
Leading 13-9, Denison's Noonan and Karsh tallied back-to-back goals for the Big Red, 14 seconds apart from each other, to build their lead back to six. Scoring four of the game's final six goals, Denison secured their second win of the season, moving to 2-2 on the year. The loss dropped Rhodes to 2-3 in 2019.
Noonan led the Big Red with four goals on 14 shots and added six draw controls. Heher followed with three goals and two assists on eight shots. Karsh totaled two goals and Jane Goodspeed led DU with 10 draw controls. Charlotte Godfrey and Goodspeed each added four ground balls.
Rhodes received three goals from Barker on four shots. Rubino, Hedlund, and Aidan Pike finished with two goals each, while Izzy Parker secured six draw controls.
The Big Red will return to action next Wednesday, March 13 when they travel to Meadville, Pa. for a 5 p.m. opening draw at Allegheny College.