No. 11 Denison Rebounds with Win vs. Colorado College

Following Tuesday night's overtime loss to Wittenberg, the Big Red entered Friday night's clash with 9-1 Colorado College with their backs planted firmly against the wall. The opening minutes of Friday's game didn't do much for Denison coaching staff's blood pressure either.

The Tigers opened the contest with three quick goals but DU would respond by scoring nine goals to close out the first half with a 9-6 lead. In the second half, Denison would outscore the Tigers 8-3 to earn a much-needed 17-9 victory over their pool B rival from the west.

Denison sophomore attack Cory Couture (San Diego, Calif./Coronado) had arguably his best game since taking over as a starter for '09 graduate and all-conference standout Nate Hall. Couture made excellent decisions, knowing when to pass and when to score and he ended up with a career-high eight points (four goals, four assists).

In the third quarter Colorado College's Moses Taylor cut the DU lead to 9-7 when he scored his third goal of the game off an assist from Brenden Gangl. Denison responded with 8:21 left in the third quarter when Colin Molloy (Stamford, Conn./Fairfield Prep), who had a breakout game himself, scored his third goal of the contest. That goal would spark a 6-0 Denison run that would put the game out of reach.

Joining Couture with four goals for the Big Red was senior attack Brady Burton (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome). His four scores run his season total to 27 and it gets him to within four points of passing Dave Baxter '81 for third-place on the DU career points list.

Denison senior Connor Detjen (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) won 15 of 26 face-off's and led the team with five ground balls. Tanner Smith (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School) scored two goals and added four ground balls. Molloy finished with a career-high three goals and two assists and Alex Hardt (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) chipped in two goals and three assists for DU.

Colorado College goalie Brendan Haas posted 14 saves for the Tigers while Denison goalie Gregg Shannon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./St. Anthony's) finished with six saves.

The Big Red (8-2) will return to action next Saturday (April 24) when they host Kenyon College at 7:00 p.m.

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GRANVILLE, Ohio The Colorado College men's lacrosse team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 17-9 loss to No. 11 Denison University on Friday night. The Big Red scored six consecutive goals midway through the second half to build a 15-7 lead and the Tigers never recovered.

CC grabbed an early lead after Carson Christman struck twice during the opening 3:03 and Hunter Sprole scored 45 seconds later, but Denison answered with four consecutive goals to take a one-goal lead after 15 minutes.

Moses Taylor tied the game with the first of his three goals 59 seconds into the second quarter, and after Emmett Jones put the Big Red back in front 24 seconds later, Brendan Gangl knotted the score with 10:10 remaining in the first half.

Denison took the lead four good with four consecutive goals during a span of 4:01 late in the second quarter. Taylor scored with 1:04 to go in the first half and 3:32 into the third quarter to cut DU's lead to 9-7.

The Big Red took control midway through the second half when they scored six straight goals to take a 15-7 lead with 6:46 to play. James Mauk struck for a pair of goals during the final 6:17 to close out the scoring for CC.

Brendan Haas made 14 saves for the Tigers, who were outshot by a 46-30 margin. Greg Shannon stopped six shots for Denison.

Corey Couture had four goals and four assists for DU, while Brady Burton had four scores. The Big Red improved to 8-2, while CC slipped to 9-2.

Colorado College plays the last of four consecutive games in Ohio on Sunday when the Tigers travel to Wittenberg University.

2010-04-17



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