Burton Sets Record in #10 Denison's Rout of St. Vincent

After 26 years, Denison University men's lacrosse has a new career scoring leader. Senior attack Brady Burton (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) continued his assault on the record books by scoring seven goals and adding two assists on Saturday afternoon, helping his 10th ranked Big Red to a 23-9 victory over St. Vincent College.

Burton entered the day needing four goals to break the school's career scoring record of 170 goals which had been held by Andy John since 1984. Burton and his Big Red teammates zapped any drama the day could have potentially held thanks to an explosion of 11 goals in the first quarter.

Burton scored his first goal in the fourth minute of play when Justin Hess (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) found him, giving DU a 3-1 lead. Just over a minute later Burton was the one doing the distributing when he hit Emmett Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) for his second goal of the day.

Junior Kyle Bliss (Basking Ridge, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) would score with 8:46 to go in the quarter and Jones would add another goal before Burton posted back-to-back goals in a span of 42 seconds to tie the record. As the crowd waited in anticipation of the inevitable, Jones and Bliss would score again, giving their team a convincing 10-1 lead.

A 30 second technical on St. Vincent's Will DeLanoy put Denison in their first extra-man situation of the day and almost fittingly, Burton would break the record where he has burned so many teams in the past. After patiently working the ball around the offense, Tanner Smith (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School) found Burton who sent a laser past Adam Gunter securing his place in history. The goal was the 171st of Burton's career and his 35th career goal in extra-man.

So with the crowd buzzing throughout the short intermission between the first and second quarter, the Big Red kept the pedal to the metal, scoring five more times in the second period to take a 16-2 lead into halftime. Denison's second quarter goals would come off the crosse of Davis Lukens (Marietta, Ga./Holy Innocents), Burton, Kyle Brown (Glenview, Ill./New Trier), Colin Molloy (Stamford, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and Porter McKay (Louisville, Ky./Trinity).

In the second half, Burton would go on to score two more times, giving him a season-high seven goals and two assists. The nine points tie a career-high set in an NCAA Tournament match victory over Ohio Wesleyan in 2008 when he scored a career-best eight goals with one assist. Burton now has 174 career goals and 29 career assists. His big day also moved him into fourth-place on the career points list with 203. He needs 11 more points to pass Dave Baxter '81 for third-place.

The DU offense owes a tip of the cap to senior face-off specialist Connor Detjen (Winnteka, Ill./New Trier) who won 15 of 19 face off's in the first half. He was 16 for 21 for the game and led the team with nine ground balls. Following Burton in the scoring category was Jones who posted five goals off 11 shots. Bliss and McKay each scored twice and Molloy and Hess each scored one goal but had two assists.

St. Vincent was led by Zach Wilfong and DeLanoy, who each scored two goals on the day. The Bearcats starting goalie, Adam Gunter posted 10 saves in 45 minutes.

DU outshot St. Vincent 48-32 and finished with 50 ground balls to their opponent's 36. DU was 2 of 3 in extra-man while St. Vincent went 2 for 7. Big Red goalie Gregg Shannon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./St. Anthony's) played 45 minutes and made six saves.

Denison will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Springfield, Ohio for a 7:00 p.m. clash with the Wittenberg Tigers.

2010-04-10



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