No. 4 Denison Defeats Wittenberg

Chapin Speidel scored four goals and Luke Walsh added three as fourth-ranked Denison picked up victory No. 13 following a 14-8 win over Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio.

It was a tight first quarter as the two teams were tied, 2-2 with under two minutes to play. Denison would strike late as Walsh found Teddy Powell with 1:35 remaining. After Eric Baumgardner won the draw for the Big Red, Walsh beat the buzzer, giving his squad a 4-2 lead entering the second period.

The momentum would carry over into the second quarter as Denison would score four of the first five goals in the quarter. An extra-man goal by Wittenberg's Andrew Fuss 24 seconds before halftime sent Denison into the intermission with an 8-4 lead.

In the second half, Denison would outscore the host Tigers, 6-4, completing the six-goal victory. The Big Red outshot Wittenberg, 34-25 and dominated face-off's, winning 22 of 26. Baumgardner won all 22 draws, finishing just one win shy of his career-high. He did set a new career high with 14 ground balls.

Teddy Powell checked in with two goals and two assists, while Justin DeMarchi and Eddie Vita both ended with one goal and two assists. Sophomore goalie Chris Thomas finished with six saves. Wittenberg goalie Jay Dolan turned in eight saves in 44 minutes in cage.

Denison will return to action on Wednesday (April 16) when they host Ohio Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. in what will be the Big Red's regular season home finale. The game will also decide the NCAC championship as both teams enter with identical 5-0 records in conference play.

2014-04-13



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