May 15, 2016
Denison saw its successful season come to a close in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament as the Big Red fell to Mary Washington, 12-8, on Sunday afternoon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Mary Washington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game thanks to a pair of goals from Sabrina Elliott. Senior Carol Allen (Nashville, TN/Ensworth) got the Big Red on the board when she scored her 51st of the season at the 11:22 mark in the first. The Eagles would respond however, scoring three of the final four goals in the half to take a 7-2 advantage into the break.
Mary Washington opened the second-half quickly on two goals from Holly Hudson in the first two minutes but the Big Red responded with a run of five-straight, capped by a strike from Leah Israel (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Cranbrook Kingswood) with 16:20 left to pull Denison within two at 9-7.
The Eagles took control down the stretch with three-straight goals and held on to the lead despite a late tally from Allen on as assist from Lizzie Pellicane (Short Hills, NJ/Morristown-Beard) for the Big Red for the four-goal victory.
Defensively, Denison successfully cleared 16 of their 16 opportunities, while Mary Washington was 17-for-22 in clear attempts. Mary Washington held a 19-18 edge in ground balls and 12-9 advantage in draw controls.
In the goal, DU sophomore goalie Becca Jones (Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Acad.) and freshman Hannah Magarian (Minneapolis, MN/Blake) combined to make eight saves on 23 shot attempts, while Mary Washington’s Hanna Ashby faced 19 shots and made eight saves for the Eagles.
Allen would finish the game with two goals and two assists to lead Denison with four total points, while Pellicane ended with a goal and two assists in her final contest for the Big Red.
Mary Washington’s Hudson finished the game with five goals for a game-high five points for the Eagles.
Denison head coach Amanda Daniels ends her third-year at 13-6 for the Big Red. This season marked the 10th North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Title in school history and the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Big Red.
Mary Washington improves to 15-4 and will face the Trinity (CT) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.