No. 5 Denison Dispatches Oberlin to Go 10-0

James Meager scored three goals, and Eddie Vita added three assists as No. 5 Denison defeated Oberlin, 12-4, at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium on Tuesday night. The win marks the first 10-0 start to a season by the Big Red since 1967.

Denison led 6-1 at the half, despite outshooting the Yeomen 30-5 over the first 30 minutes of play. Oberlin goalie Erickson Andrews posted eight of his 14 saves in the opening half, and the visiting Yeomen won 4 of 6 draws in the first quarter.

Senior Austin Campbell led the Denison defense with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. The Yeomen committed 29 turnovers, 17 of which were caused by Denison. Aside from Campbell's four caused turnovers, Ryan Smith, Matt Neeson, Ben Hearn, Tommy Harrison, and Drew Newman all posted two CT's apiece. Newman also scooped up five ground balls.

Meager, Vita, and Chapin Speidel (2g, 1a) led Denison in points with three. Luke Walsh and Teddy Powell also scored two goals for DU. Eric Baumgardner was 10 for 18 facing off, and sophomore Chris Thomas posted five saves in his 45 minutes of action.

DU outshot Oberlin 45-15, and posted 41 ground balls to 23 for the Yeomen. Denison did commit 18 turnovers which tied for the second highest total in 2014. There were five extra-man situations. Oberlin was 1 for 4 in man-up and Denison was 0 for 1.

Denison will return to Piper Stadium on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. contest against Adrian.

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Granville, Ohio Oberlin faced off with No. 5 Denison on Tuesday night. It was the nationally ranked Big Red that prevailed, 12-4.

Denison entered the match with the No. 4 scoring offense in the country, averaging 16.89 goals per game. While the Yeomen held them below that mark, it did surpass the 5.44 goals against that ranked Oberlin the ninth-best scoring defense in Division III.

The Big Red jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Yeomen would get on the board, courtesy of a Mac Husted goal. Sean Seaman assisted on the goal that came with 5:38 left in the first quarter. This goal marked Husted's second goal of the season and Seaman's first point of the season.

Denison would score four more goals in the first half to carry a 6-1 lead into the intermission. The Big Red held a 30-5 shot advantage at halftime and a 20-10 edge in ground balls.

Oberlin scored two goals in the third quarter, the first an unassisted effort from Connor Jackson, his 14 score of the season.

The second came from Nick Lobley in a man-up situation, for his team-leading 18th goal of the campaign. Sophomore Alex Wright picked up his second assist of the season on Lobley's goal.

The Yeomen's final goal was the last of the game, scored by John Firestone with 3:08 left in regulation. Lobley picked up his sixth helper of the season on the goal.

Denison proved why they're the No. 5 team in the nation, outshooting Oberlin, 44-15, controlling the ground balls, 41-23, and being nearly flawless on clear attempts, going 16 of 17.

Kinori Rosnow and Jason Gibson combined to win 9 of the games 20 faceoffs for the Yeomen. Junior Erickson Andrews played all 60 minutes in cage and made 14 saves.

The loss drops the Yeomen to 5-5 overall, 0-3 in conference play, while the Big Red remain perfect at 10-0, 3-0 in the NCAC.

The Yeomen will have the next week off, as their next scheduled contest is Tuesday, April 8, at Wittenberg. The game in Springfield is set to faceoff at 4:00 p.m.

2014-04-01



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