Explosive Second Half Sends Big Red by Fontbonne

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Denison outscored Fontbonne 10-2 in the second half and, thanks to a 9-0 run late in final period, the Big Red topped the Griffins 13-6 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

The Big Red offense was working early but they just couldn't slip many past Fontbonne goalie Claire Kallio. In the first half DU outshot their opponents 16-7 but trailed 4-3 at the intermission.

For the first part of the second half the story was similar. With 15:04 to play Dneison finally tied the game at 5-5 after Cassedy O'Neill's (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) goal off a pass from Olivia Shiland (South Hamilton, Mass./Hamilton-Wenham). That goal by O'Neill would spark a 9-0 DU run over the next 13 minutes of play that would put the game out of reach.

Two minutes after O'Neill's goal, Sara Langsam (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends) netted the eventual game-winning goal off a free position shot with 13:09 to play. Megan Lafferty (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) would score her first goal of the season with 11 minutes to play and then first-year Alex Thurner (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day) exploded with three goals over a five minute stretch to close out the victory.

Thurner led all scorers with three goals, one assist and two ground balls off six shots. Langsam also finished with a hat trick off seven shot attempts. Sophomore reserve Liz Haughton (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) scored two goals and had one assist off the bench. Lulu Carter (Greenwich, Conn./Millbrook School) led the team with three ground balls and freshman Carly Tschantz (Omaha, Neb./New Trier) controlled four draws.

DU dominated possession, winning 16-of-22 draws and were 10-for-12 in clears. The Griffins struggled advancing the ball, going just 11-for-24 in clearing attempts. Denison's defense expecially clamped down late, holding Fontbonne to just four clears out of 12 attempts in the second half.

Denison outshot their opponents 45-13 and senior goalie Amanda Wilson (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve) had four saves.

Denison will close out its spring trip to Colorado on Wednesday (March 18) when they take on host, Colorado College at 4:00 p.m. MST.


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