March 21, 2009

No. 19 Denison Cruises Past St. Mary's

from press releases

SEVERNA PARK, Md. - The No. 19 Denison University men's lacrosse team closed its spring break trip on a high note with a 14-7 non-conference win over St. Mary's College of Maryland Saturday afternoon on Lynch Field at the Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland.

Sophomore attackman Emmett Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) commanded the Big Red offense with a game-high five goals, including three in a 4:28-minute span in the fourth period.  Freshman midfielder Davis Lukens (Marietta, Ga.) contributed two goals, while senior attackman Nate Hall (Columbus, Ohio) added a goal and three assists.

St. Mary's (2-4) hung tough with nationally ranked Denison, striking first at 12:02 as freshman attackman John Dehm (Trumbull, Conn./Middlesex [Mass.]) found the back of the net with an unassisted goal.  The Big Red responded with three straight goals to claim the lead for good.  Sophomore attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) converted a feed from sophomore middie Colin Gload (Parkton, Md./Hereford) to pull the Seahawks within 3-2 with three seconds left in the first period.

Denison's (3-1) defense held the Seahawks scoreless for the next two periods as the Big Red scored three times in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead at halftime.

Jones tallied the next five goals as he netted the only two scores in the third stanza to increase Denison's lead to 8-2.

Jones then opened up the fourth period with three straight followed by Lukens' second of the day to give their team a 12-2 edge with 9:05 left in the contest.  Rosson put an end to Denison's 9-0 run with his 11th tally of the season at 8:11.  Hall notched his lone goal of the day at 5:04 before the Seahawks scored four of the game's final five, including a pair from sophomore attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel), for the 14-7 final.

The Big Red rattled off 44 shots to St. Mary's 29, while Denison claimed the loose ball battle by a 36 to 24 margin.  Junior middie Connor Detjen (Winnetka, Ill.) picked up a game-high seven ground balls as Detjen won 10-of-19 face-offs.

Senior Marc DiPasquale (Fallston, Md./Boys' Latin) helped the Seahawks in the face-off department, winning 13-of-24.  DiPasquale and senior defenseman Ryder Henry (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) led the home team in ground balls with four each.

Becraft and Rosson led the SMCM offense with two goals each, while junior captain Ryan Alexander (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) had a goal and an assist.

Freshman Gregg Shannon (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made 11 saves for Denison, while sophomore Pat Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) had 11 as well for the Seahawks.

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