Tigers Open NCAC Play with Loss at Fourth-Ranked Denison

Tigers Open NCAC Play with Loss at Fourth-Ranked Denison

Granville, Ohio - For the opening 22 minutes, DePauw and fourth-ranked Denison were hooked up in a tight battle, but the Big Red scored five in the final 6:45 of the first half on the way to a 16-2 North Coast Athletic Conference win over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 3-3, while Denison moved to 5-0 in the NCAC opener for both schools.

Denison's Peter Pittroff scored for the hosts just 33 seconds into the contest, but the Tigers countered as Ben Davis took advantage on an extra-man opportunity with 13:15 remaining in the first. Spencer Butler, who assisted on Denison's first goal, made it 2-1 with 6:01 left in the opening stanza.

The teams went over 14 minutes without scoring before the Big Red's Brooks Davy delivered with 6:45 left to start a string of five straight goals that gave Denison a 7-1 halftime lead. The Tigers' second and final score came in an unusual manner as goalie Charlie Robson fired the ball from three-quarters length of the field and into the goal.

Denison, however, scored three more in the third and six in the fourth for the win.

While Davis and Robson scored DePauw's goals, Butler and Jake Waxter paced Denison with three each, while Peter Pittroff finished with five assists.

Robson totaled 11 saves with Denison's Cole Poyfair finishing with five and Spehen Paras one.

The Big Red won 21 of 22 faceoffs as Henry DeCamp won all 21 of his and totaled 20 ground balls. Sam Rivera paced the Tigers with four ground balls as the Big Red held a 48-13 advantage. Denison also held a 49-15 lead in shots and committed 16 turnovers to DePauw's 17. The Big Red were successful on 20 of 23 clears with the Tigers finishing with 11 of 18.

DePauw returns to action on Wednesday, March 14, with a 4 p.m. contest at Hope.