Denison Holds Off #18 Shorewomen, 13-10

Denison Holds Off #18 Shorewomen, 13-10

Pantazes Scores First Three Collegiate Goals in Loss

BAYAMON, P.R. — Denison University used a three-goal run in the second half to take a 9-6 lead and held 18th-ranked Washington College at bay the rest of the game en route to a 13-10 non-conference women's lacrosse win at Bayamon Soccer Complex #2 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The Big Red improved to 2-3 this season while handing the Shorewomen (3-1) their first loss of the year. 

Denison 13, #18 Washington College 10

How It Happened
- Denison quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead as Claire Ludlow scored on a free-position shot 1:10 into the game and added another unassisted goal 1:24 later. Carley Kendall put Washington on the board off an assist from Katherine Vincent with 25:47 left in the half, but the Big Red answered with 15:25 showing on a Virginia Hamilton goal to make it 3-1.
- The Shorewomen tied the score at 3-3 with back-to-back goals by Vincent, the first on a free position with 11:38 left and the other with 10:33 remaining in the first. Denison responded with another Ludlow goal at 10:08 and a Kristine McNulty tally with 8:42 on the clock. Washington evened the score at 5-5 before halftime on an Alli Dudley goal off a Vincent assist with 6:56 left and the first collegiate goal from Emily Pantazes off a Kendall assist with 2:02 remaining.
- The first half saw the Shorewomen with a 17-13 advantage in shots, but Denison goalie Becca Jones made nine saves in the period.
- The two teams exchanged free-position goals to open the second half as McNulty scored 56 seconds into the period and Vincent found the back of the net with 28:11 left to tie the score at six.
- Denison then went on a three-goal run to take the lead for good. Carol Allen found Annie Reese for a man-up goal with 21:13 left, Reid Hirschey scored with 16:15 remaining, and Annie McMahon scored off a Ludlow feed with 15:11 left.
- The Shorewomen then went into a pressure defense and that strategy quickly bore fruit as Kendall assisted on a Cara Pascarella goal with 12:38 left and then scored one of her own 28 seconds later to slice the deficit down to a single goal at 9-8.
- Denison held Washington off and pushed the lead back to two with a Colleen Muldoon tally at 9:23, but Pantazes answered with a free-position goal with 8:18 left. The Big Red scored again just 42 seconds later, however, as Halle Walsh found Claudia Rafi for a goal to make the score 11-9.
- The score remained 11-9 until Pantazes fired in a free-position goal from just a step inside the fan to make it 11-10.
- Washington's Autumn Spence controlled the next draw, but Denison's Briana Alberghine came up with a big caused turnover and Walsh scooped up the ground ball at 2:31 to end the Shorewomen's possession without a shot.
- The Big Red scored just 14 seconds after that as Carol Allen fired in a goal off an assist from Lizzy Pellicane with 2:17 to play. Spence again won the next draw, but a shot by Vincent was saved by Denison goalie Hannah Magarian, who played the second half, with just under two minutes left. Emily Marlatt picked up the ground ball, the Big Red cleared it, and called timeout with 1:25 left. Seven seconds after the timeout, Rafi scored off a Pellicane assist with 1:18 remaining to push the margin back to provide the final margin.

For the Shorewomen (3-1)
- Scorers: Vincent (3 goals, 2 assists), Kendall (2 goals, 2 assists), Pantazes (3 goals), Dudley (1 goal), Pascarella (1 goal)
- Goalie: Maddie Mullen (11 saves, 13 goals allowed, 60:00)
- Washington controlled 19 of the game's 24 draws, with Spence winning eight of those. The Shorewomen also held a 32-28 advantage in shots.

For Denison (2-3)
- Scorers: Ludlow (3 goals, 1 assist), Rafi (2 goals), McNulty (2 goals), Allen (1 goal, 1 assist), Pellicane (2 assists), Hirschey (1 goal), McMahon (1 goal), Rose (1 goal), Hamilton (1 goal), Muldoon (1 goal), Walsh (1 assist)
- Goalies: Jones (9 saves, 5 goals allowed, 30:00); Magarian (5 saves, 5 goals allowed, 30:00)
- Denison had a 24-16 advantage in ground balls in the game. 

Notes
- The relatively average number of goals in the game belied the fast pace of the contest. The two teams combined for 60 shots and 29 turnovers in the game. Denison was 22-for-27 clearing the ball, while Washington was 15-for-15. 

Up Next for the Shorewomen
3/16 v. St. Mary's (Md.) (in Bayamon, Puerto Rico) - 10:30 a.m.