Denison vs. Ohio Wesleyan
April 12, 2003
Current Record
Ohio Wesleyan6-2
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The Game Story:
GRANVILLE, OHIO-- This match up needs very little introduction or build-up, and trust me, none of the 600 plus in attendance paid a second of attention to the two schools records heading into the game.

On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon the Denison Big Red played a near picture-perfect game and avenged a loss two weeks prior to the Battling Bishops to hang on to a 16-12 victory at Barclay-Thomsen Field.

The Big Red came out with momentum on their side as Tom Moschos and Craig Pastor racked up the first two goals of the game in the opening three minutes of the first quarter to put Denison on top, 2-0.

Ohio Wesleyan answered Denison?s opening scores with two quick goals, the first by Kevin Lakani off an assist from Andy Rowe and another goal by Frank Bedford just 41 seconds later.

The rest of the first period would be controlled by Denison as they would go on to score four more times in the opening stanza to take a 6-4 lead into the second quarter.

The second period was where Denison proved they were not going to fade out of this contest. Senior Greg Mavraganis immediately asserted his presence with a goal 37 seconds into the quarter. The Big Red would add four more scores over the next 14 minutes to shut out Ohio Wesleyan and head into halftime with an 11-4 advantage.

Hanging that goose egg on OWU in the second quarter was the key to victory for the Big Red. The Bishops would fight back in the second half but never got within four goals of Denison?s lead.

Pastor had an absolutely huge day for the Big Red. The sophomore attack had a career-high seven goals and one assist to lead the squad. Not enough can be said about the way junior goalie Tom Moriarty played as well. The first-year starter racked up 13 saves for the Big Red and held his ground, staving off a furry of Ohio Wesleyan pressure in the third quarter.

Moschos, a junior finished with four goals while attempting five shots. Mavraganis netted two goals while first-year Jason Anderson scored one goal and added one assist.

Rounding out the scoring for Denison was Eric Campbell and Kevin Sullivan who both scored one goal apiece. Ted Douglass and Graham Riley both contributed assists for the victors.

Denison attempted 35 shots on the day compared to 39 shots for the Bishops and more importantly for the Big Red, they controlled the face-off?s, winning 20-of-30.

The victory improves Denison?s record to 4-5 overall while Ohio Wesleyan, ranked 12th in NCAA Division III entering the contest, falls to 6-2.

Denison will host Colorado College next Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.