Denison Hands Oberlin First Defeat

Denison outscored Oberlin 6-1 over the final 30 minutes of play to cap off a 10-6 victory over the Yeowomen at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium. Powered by three first half goals by Grace Barlow, Oberlin found themselves leading the Big Red, 5-4, at the intermission despite being outshot 19-7 over in the half.

DU kept the pedal to the metal in the second half, scoring six-straight goals over the first 20 minutes of play. All six of DU's second half tallies were scored by different players as Elsie Humes got things started with her game-tying goal at the 26:43 mark of the period. Erin Keller followed with an unassisted goal eight minutes later. Then Claire Ludlow found Whitney Powel for her third goal of the contest with 17:21 remaining. Just over one minute later, Reid Hirschey slammed home an unassisted score to put DU on top 8-5.

That would be all of the breathing room DU would need as Lauren Adams and Ludlow rounded out Denison's scoring in the half.

Powel paced Denison with three goals, eight ground balls, and six caused turnovers. The six caused turnovers and eight ground balls were both season-highs for Powel.

Humes contributed four caused turnovers, and five ground balls while Keller ended with four caused turnovers, and four draw controls.

Denison outshot Oberlin 39-12. The Yeowomen committed 37 turnovers, 21 of which were caused by the Big Red. The ground ball game was won by Denison, 28-23, while Oberlin held an 11-4 advantage in saves.

With the win, Denison improves to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Oberlin falls to 5-1 and 1-1 in conference play. Denison will hit the road for back-to-back games at Augustana (Ill.) on Saturday (April 5) and at DePauw on Sunday (April 6).

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Granville, Ohio Losing for the first time this season, Oberlin fell to the Denison Big Red, 10-6. In a physical battle, the Yeowomen led 5-4 at the intermission but were stifled by the Big Red's defense, being limited to one goal on five shots in the second half.

The Big Red opened the scoring just over two minutes into the affair when Carol Allen finished off a pass from Molly Chapman. Chapman finished the day with three helpers.

But Grace Barlow would convert a free position opportunity to open the Yeowomen's scoring a minute and a half later.

Denison would strike back quickly as Chapman collected her second assist of the evening on a goal by Whitney Powel.

Halfway through the half, Oberlin would tie the game at 2 as Barlow registered another goal on the game. It came shorthanded as Suzanna Doak was issued a yellow card prior to the goal, one of five handed out in the first half.

Two minutes later they would take the lead when first-year Sara Phister scored an unassisted goal to give Oberlin the 4-3 edge.

But Denison would strike back with two goals of their own, one off a free position and the other came after Emily Kipling had been shown a yellow card.

Barlow responded by registering her third goal of the half, bringing her season total to 17. And before the half, Bronwen Schumacher converted a free position opportunity following a Denison yellow card to give Oberlin its 5-4 halftime lead.

The Big Red came out strong in the second half, scoring six unanswered goals to secure the victory.

Oberlin's final goal was an unassisted effort by first-year Sloane Garelick, her second of the season.

Denison held a 21-10 shots on goal margin for the match as Alexa L'Insalata played all 60 minutes in cage, making 11 saves. The Big Red also controlled the ground balls, 28-23, and draw controls, 11-7.

The loss drops the Yeowomen to 5-1, 1-1 in the NCAC, while the Big Red are now 5-2, 1-1 in the NCAC.

Oberlin will now prepare for a match-up with DePauw University, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday in Greencastle, Ind.


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