Denison Hands Oberlin Its First Loss

Granville, Ohio Oberlin College entered the game with a perfect 8-0 record, but the Yeowomen left 8-1 with a resounding 18-7 victory by the Big Red at Piper Stadium.

DU exploded for 14 first half goals, opening up a 7-0 lead through the first 12 minutes of the game. Denison first-year Molly Chapman had a hand in eight of the Big Red's 18 goals thanks to her four goal, four assist performance. The eight points were a career high for Chapman. It also highlighted a game which saw nine different Big Red players score at least one goal.

Trailing Chapman in the point category was senior Lisa Feroli who posted four goals and one assist. Molly Sbrega added two goals and one assist while Alex Thurner and Erin Keller each scored twice.

DU outshot Oberlin 37-13 while the Big Red totaled 20 draws compared to just seven for the Yeowomen. Defensively, Megan Hart paced Denison with three ground balls while Shiland caused two turnovers. Senior Carly Tschantz posted 10 draw controls, upping her season total to 64 through 10 games.

In goal, Hannah Minifie started the game and played the first half, recording two saves while allowing three goals. Laura Campbell played the final 30 minutes and notched one save. Oberlin goalie Madeleine O'Mera finished with 10 saves in 60 minutes. Bronwen Schumacher, Ilyssa Meyer, and Sarah Andrews each scored two goals for the Yeowomen.

Denison moves to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference with the win, while Oberlin falls to 8-1 and 0-1 in the NCAC. DU will host Allegheny College this Saturday (April 7) at 12:00 p.m. The Denison Sports Network will provide live video coverage of that contest beginning at 11:55 a.m.

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Granville, Ohio Oberlin suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Denison Big Red, 18-7, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Yeowomen trio Bronwen Schumacher, Sarah Andrews and Ilyssa Meyer each scored two goals, while rookie Kate Hanick added the other Oberlin tally to go along with one assist.

The Big Red jumped on the Yeowomen early by scoring the game's first seven goals until Andrews put Oberlin on the board with 15:24 left in the half. Schumacher quickly followed with her first score of the day to make it 7-2, but Denison regained control en route to taking a 14-3 lead at the break. Meyer added the other Oberlin goal of the half at the 3:44 mark on an acrobatic play as she wrapped around the backside of the cage and quickly triggered a shot into the lower right side of the goal.

The second half was much more closely contested and both teams scored four goals apiece over the final 30 minutes of play. Meyer netted the first goal of the stanza with an assist coming from Hanick, who would later add her lone score of the contest on an 8-meter attempt at the 20:41 mark.

Andrews and Schumacher added the other Yeowomen goals of the half, but unfortunately every Oberlin score was answered by one from Denison.

"I thought our second half effort was very good today, but we need to show up from the opening whistle," Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt said. "There is a lot we can learn from this as we move forward into the rest of conference play. We can build off the second half and take that confidence into our next game."

Goalie Madeleine O'Meara made 10 saves and tied for a team-high with two ground balls and one caused turnover in 60 minutes of work.

Denison won the ground ball battle by a 13-9 count and out-shot Oberlin 37-13.

The Yeowomen will look to get back on track on April 10 when they cap off their six-game road trip at The College of Wooster.


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