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Denison Falls to Salisbury in NCAA Quarterfinals

Denison Falls to Salisbury in NCAA Quarterfinals

2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Bracket

After being up by only one goal after the first 15 minutes of action, 5-4, No. 2 Salisbury used a seven-goal second period to pull away from No. 9 Denison recording a 19-10 victory in the 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinal matchup. This was the fourth time the two teams faced off in either the quarterfinals or the semifinals since 2014 and their eighth overall meeting in the NCAA Tournament.

The Big Red would see four first period goals from four different players including Owen Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin), Brooks Davy (Wilmington, NC/Episcopal), Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) and Chris Haimbaugh (Dublin, OH/Dublin Jerome). The Sea Gulls would then net six-consecutive goals in the second frame, before Jake Waxter (Baltimore, MD/Gilman) was able to find the back of the net for the Big Red. Salisbury connected on the final goal of the half to take a 12-5 lead.

Davy and Waxter netted one goal each in the third period, which were matched by two more goals by Salisbury. Goals from Michael Bomes (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) and Wills Hutras (Dublin, OH/Dublin Scioto) in the fourth period would not be enough to overtake the Sea Gulls. 

Davy led the Big Red with three goals, while Spencer Butler (Essex Fells, NJ/Millbrook School) would notch a game-high three assists and Reeves McKenney (Roanoke, VA/Culver Academy) collected 14 saves on the night.

Denison ends the 2019 season with an 18-3 record, while Salisbury will move on to compete in the national semifinals this weekend against Cabrini.

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Contributions courtesy of Denison Athletic Communications

GRANVILLE, Ohio --  Denison advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament after an 11-7 win over Rhodes College on Saturday at Piper Stadium.

With the win, Denison improves to 18-2 and will face the winner of the Salisbury-Lynchburg NCAA 3rd round matchup on Wednesday, May 15.

The Big Red has been a slow-starting team through much of the season, but Denison opened Saturday's contest red-hot, scoring four goals in the first three minutes of play. Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) scored the first goal of the game on an unassisted roll to the cage from close range.

The Big Red took a 5-0 lead with 7:27 left in the first on Camden Bowdy's (Dublin, OH/Dublin Coffman) unassisted goal.  After Bowdy's score, Rhodes found its sea legs and turned to freshman attackman Jonathon Hazlehurst who scored three unanswered goals to get the Lynx back into the game at 5-3 heading into the second.

Addison Mueller's unassisted goal at the 9:39 mark in the second made it a 5-4 game but DU responded with three goals to close out the first half to take an 8-4 lead into the intermission.

In the third, the Denison defense kept Rhodes off the scoreboard and the fourth quarter belonged to Reeves McKenney (Roanoke, VA/Culver Academy) who turned in seven of his 13 saves in the period.  The Big Red won 14-of-21 faceoffs and Henry DeCamp (Washington, DC/Deerfield Academy) led the way with nine ground balls and 13 faceoff wins.

Pittroff led all players with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) while Armstrong, Davy, and Butler all finished with two goal, one assist afternoons.  Junior defenseman Richie Bartozzi (Bethesda, MD/The Heights School) was all over the field as he finished with five ground balls and two caused turnovers. 

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GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Denison Men's Lacrosse team rolled to a second-round victory in the NCAA Division III tournament Wednesday night against Concordia (WI). The Big Red tallied six goals in the first quarter en route to a 12-6 win over the Falcons.

Concordia jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Denison returned fire in the form of an Owen Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) goal. The goal jumpstarted the Denison offense as the Big Red reeled off straight goals to take a 6-2 lead. Denison maintained its four-goal lead heading into halftime, leading 9-5. The Big Red went cold in the third quarter but tallied three fourth-quarter goals en route to a 12-6 victory.

Denison senior Brooks Davy (Wilmington, NC/Episcopal) tallied a team-high four goals, while also picking up two groundballs and an assist.

The victory moves Denison to round three of the NCAA Tournament where they will take on Rhodes College. The Lynx advanced to the third round by handing Illinois Wesleyan its first loss of the season, 22-9, on Wednesday night. In a previous matchup this season, Denison defeated Rhodes, 16-10, on Mar. 23. 

The third round matchup will be Saturday, May 11, in Granville, OH. The time is still TBA as of Wednesday night.

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Seedings:

After capturing the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament title on May 5, the Denison Big Red earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins this week. The Big Red will open up against Concordia (WI) in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday, May 8, at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. 

Concordia (WI) (15-3) is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament after a 9-7 win over Aurora in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship game. No. 8-ranked Denison (16-2) will play in its 42nd NCAA Tournament game since 1982.

The winner of Wednesday's second round matchup advances to play the winner of the Illinois Wesleyan-Rhodes second-round contest, on Saturday, May 11.

This year's finalists will advance to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field, which will be played at 4 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, May 26, and shown via web stream on NCAA.com. That game will be preceded by the Division II championship at 1 p.m. Eastern time, which can also be seen on NCAA.com. The Division I semifinals and championship are Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27 at the same site.