Denison women’s lacrosse advanced to the third-round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament after a 21-4 victory over Calvin College last Saturday at Piper Stadium.
With the win, Denison advances to the third round where they will play Salisbury on Saturday, May 19 at a site to be determined. Salisbury defeated Meredith, 19-11, in a second round tilt last Sunday.
Denison jumped out to a 5-0 lead 12 minutes into the game thanks to scoring tallies by Leah Israel (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Cranbrook Kingswood), Claudia Rafi (Mason, OH/Ursuline Academy), Liza Farnham (Barrington, RI/Moses Brown) and two from Molly Fischer (Barrington, RI/Moses Brown). Calvin broke through with its first goal with 18:01 left in the first half. Three minutes later, Denison’s Lindsey Karsh (Glenview, IL/Glenbrook South) gave the Big Red a 6-1 lead. After the goal, lightning was spotted in the area, sparking a 54-minute delay.
When play resumed, Denison went on a tear, scoring seven-straight goals over an eight-minute stretch. The run was powered by three-straight goals by Kiely Noonan (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) that pushed her over the 70-goal plateau for the season.
DU went into halftime with a 13-3 lead and scored two more goals early in the second half. With 18:47 left in the second half, more lightning in the area stopped play for another 50 minutes.
Denison returned from the delay with five-consecutive goals to end the game, including two goals and two assists from Lee Hayman (Edgartown, MA/Marthas Vineyard Regional) during that stretch.
Noonan and Hayman finished the game with five points each, highlighted by a game-high four goals from Noonan. Goodspeed led the Big Red in draw controls (6) while Emily Marlatt (Clarksville, MD/River Hill) tallied three ground balls and three caused turnovers on the day.
Goodspeed has totaled 98 caused turnovers in her career, breaking the program’s all-time record of 93, set by Molly Lamdin in 2006. She has also collected 68 ground balls this season, ranking second in the single-season record books.
Continuing her ascent to the top in the Denison record books, Noonan’s four goals and one assist moved her two points behind Cheryl Connolly’s single-season best of 102, while her 72 goals place her one goal back of Maria Phoenix (73) for second all-time for goals in a season.
The win improves Denison to 17-2 overall, breaking the single-season record for victories (16) set in 1992. This also marks DU’s first NCAA Tournament victory since May 9, 2012, when they defeated Adrian College in double overtime, 11-10