Four Register Hat Tricks as Denison Downs Allegheny

Four different players logged hat tricks and Alex Thurner matched a career-high with seven goals as the Big Red moved to 2-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play following a 17-10 win over Allegheny.

Prior to the game the Big Red honored its six senior members and all of them made an impact in this game. A pair of quick goals by Thurner and scores by Molly Sbrega and Molly Chapman put Denison up 4-0 in the opening four minutes of the game.

The Gators would respond by scoring five of the next six goals, tying the game at 5-5 with 16 minutes to play in the first half. After a seven-minute scoring drought, Denison would answer with six goals to close out the first half with an 11-6 lead. Scoring four of those goals was Thurner who led Denison's offensive explosion with six first half tallies.

In the second half, goals by Chapman and Lisa Feroli would push Denison's lead to 13-7 but a pair of scores from Allegheny's Monique Villanueva and Kelly Dickson kept Allegheny's hopes alive with 20 minutes to play.

The Big Red would answer once again, scoring four-straight goals thanks to Feroli, Chapman and Thurner setting the eventual final score at 17-10.

Thurner's seven goals and two assists were one off her career high of 10 points set as a freshman in 2009. Her seven goals matched a career-high and ran her career total for goals scored to 113. Following with three goals and one assist were Chapman and Olivia Shiland. Two of Shiland's three goals came via 8-meter attempts. She also tied Carly Tschantz for the team lead in draws with four and led the way with three caused turnovers.

Denison's fourth hat-trick came from Feroli who netted three goals off six shot attempts. Sbrega rounded out the Denison scoring with one goal and one assist. DU goalie Hannah Minifie came off the bench in the first half and recorded five saves in 46 minutes of action.

Allegheny was led in scoring by Kiah Voyer-Colbath who ended with three goals and one assist. She also paced the Gators with five draws and three turnovers. Gator goalie Carly Minsterman turned in eight saves in her 60 minutes of action.

In a game that was marred by 53 total fouls, Denison managed to out-shoot Allegheny 31-18. DU also made the most of its free-position chances by converting 5 of 9 attempts. The Gators were efficient, scoring 10 goals on just 18 shot attempts.

Denison moves to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the NCAC while Allegheny falls to 6-5 and 1-1 in confernece play. This was the final weekend home game of the season for the Big Red and prior to the game the team was able to honor its six seniors (pictured left); Molly Sbrega Lisa Feroli, Olivia Shiland, Carly Tschantz, Alex Thurner, and Alyssa Zinsser. The group has won 34 games and one NCAC championship since 2009.

The Big Red's next contest will be on Tuesday (April 10) when they travel to Kenyon College for a 4:30 p.m. draw.

2012-04-07



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