February 26, 2014

No. 11 Denison Breezes Past No. 14 Roanoke

from press release

SALEM, Va. - For the second time this week, Denison has handed a nationally ranked opponent from Virginia a loss on its home field. On Wednesday, the 10th ranked Big Red rolled to a 12-4 win over No. 13 Roanoke at Kerr Stadium in Roanoke, Va. Denison opens North Coast Athletic Conference play this Sunday with a 3-0 record and a sparkling resume after road wins over Washington and Lee and the Maroons.

From the opening horn, Denison dominated possession and put pressure on the Roanoke defense. DU led 2-1 after the opening quarter, despite having the ball for the majority of the period. In the second quarter the flood gates opened as DU got five goals from five different players. The Big Red outshot the Maroons 14-3 in the second quarter. Current NCAC Player of the Week, Chris Thomas, who was coming off a stellar performance that saw him make 15 saves at W&L, was not tested in the first half. He faced only six shots from the Maroons and had to make just one save.

Leading 7-1 at the intermission, the two teams would each hang three goals on the board in the third quarter, making it a 10-4 game with 15 minutes to play.

Midway through the final period, Eddie Vita scored his second goal of the day off a feed from Liam Rooney. Three minutes later the pair would team up once more, completing the hat-trick for Vita.

Eight different players scored for Denison as Vita led with three goals and one assist. Luke Walsh followed with two goals while All-American long stick middie Austin Campbell scored on a laser from 18-yards out in the first quarter. He added his second goal of the game at the 10:45 mark in the third quarter.

As a team, DU outshot Roanoke 51-21 and won the ground ball battle 44-28. While the offensive barrage was impressive, it may not have been possible without the play of face-off specialists Chip Phillips and Eric Baumgardner. Phillips was 9-for-13 at X while Baumgardner was a perfect 7-for-7. For the game, Denison won 16-of-20 face-off's and did not allow the Maroons to win a draw in the second half.

Denison was 1-for-5 in extra-man situations with the lone goal coming from Nick Caravana in the second quarter. The Big Red did not commit a penalty in the contest. Campbell finished with two goals, five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Baumgardner and Phillips led the way with six ground balls. Thomas played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with five saves. Charles Pease's day in goal was a bit different. The senior did finish with a career-high 25 saves but that came at a price as 37 of Denison's 51 shots were on-cage.

This marked the Big Red's second-straight victory over Roanoke at Kerr Stadium. The last win came in the second-round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament when Denison upset the third-ranked Maroons, 14-7 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

DU will return to action on Sunday when they travel to The College of Wooster for a 1 p.m. face-off against the Fighting Scots.

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