Big Red Falls to Wittenberg on Senior Day

Wittenberg utilized an 8-0 run in the first half to win the battle for first-place in the NCAC standings, 12-7. Denison would outscore the Tigers 5-4 in the second half, but a six-goal halftime deficit would be too much for the Big Red to overcome.

Denison got on the scoreboard first as Molly Chapman notched her 36th goal of the season just 2:15 into the first half. Turnovers would plague both teams on this day, and in the first half, 19 turnovers on the Big Red would grant the Tigers possession for a majority of the period.

Over a 15 minute span in the opening half, Wittenberg would score eight goals, with three coming from sophomore midfielder Logan Warye, to take an 8-1 lead with 10:15 left in the half.

After a yellow card was issued to Wittenberg's Katie Warner, Denison's Carol Allen scored while the offense was in extra-man off a feed from Erin Keller.

In the second half, Chapman would start things off again with her second goal of the day via an assist from Whitney Powel. Just as Denison was starting to build some momentum, Warye would respond with two goals in a three-minute span, putting the Tigers on top, 10-3.

DU would respond with a three-goal run thanks to a pair by Powel and one by Elise Humes, making the score 10-6 with 11:54 to play.

Denison needed to continue to push the envelope on offense to have a chance, instead the two teams would combine for eight turnovers over the next six minutes of play before Wittenberg's Nicolette Lyons scored with 5:14 left. Each team would score once over the last four minutes of play, setting the final at 12-7.

Wittenberg outshot Denison 39-17 and held a 26-25 advantage in ground balls. DU senior goalie Grace Bodenmann posted 16 saves while Wittenberg's Katie Bondy finished with seven. Offensively, Chapman and Powel paced Denison with two goals and two assists apiece. Powel also tied with Melissa Weinsz for the team lead in ground balls with five. Weinsz and Keller each finished with three caused turnovers.

Denison drops to 12-1 on the season and 5-1 the NCAC while Wittenberg improves to 10-3 overall and 6-0 in conference play. DU will look to get back on track on Wednesday (April 24) when they host Kenyon College at 4:30 p.m.

NOTABLE: Denison honored seniors Grace Bodenmann, Molly Cornbrooks, Sara Forbes and manager Elizabeth Harbison prior to the start of the game. Since 2010 Denison has posted a record of 47-18 and has won two NCAC Championships while making two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.


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