No. 2 RIT Survives No. 16 Denison in Overtime

After a face-off win by RIT, Jordan Collins-Hart would tie the game for the sixth time with an open shot from seven yards out. With under a minute remaining in the game, RIT had the ball and was looking for the game-winner. Davis was behind the cage, looking to make a move. As he spun on the Denison defender he lost his footing and the ball squirted out of his stick. Denison's Nick Farrell snagged the ground ball with under 10 seconds left. He sent a long pass to Matt Verklin (Annapolis, Md./Severn School) at midfield who found Jones for a great attempt that was turned away by Robert Tonnessen as the last second of the quarter ticked off the clock.

In overtime, Denison won the face-off thanks to a nifty ground ball pick-up by Smith and Kyle Brown had a solid shot attempt turned away by another clutch save from Tonnessen. DU regained possession and after a timeout, they drew up the play for Smith which came so very close to working.

RIT entered the contest as the nation's fifth highest scoring team and were held to nearly three goals under their season average by the Big Red. Denison's young defense of Tommy Harrison (Westford, Mass./Rivers/Kimball), Spencer Riehl (Reisterstown, Md./St. Paul's), Austin Campbell (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and junior Nick Farrell (New York, N.Y./Millbrook School) forced the Tigers into an uncharacteristic 24 turnovers. Both teams battled hard for loose balls as RIT edged DU 45-42 in the ground ball category. Denison outshot their opponents 31-22 and both teams were 1 for 2 in extra-man situations.

Denison was led in scoring by Lukens' three goals and one assist. Molloy scored one goal and had two assists while Jones and Smith each posted one goal and one assist. In all, 10 different Denison players scored a goal while just four RIT players contributed the 13 goals for their squad.

Tonnessen finished with 11 saves in goal for RIT while Denison goalie Nick Petracca (Manhassett, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) posted five saves for the Big Red. Smith paced DU with eight ground balls while McKay gave the RIT offense fits with his six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

RIT advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where they will face Amherst College on Wednesday, May 18.

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