Kenyon vs. Denison
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
GAMBIER, Ohio (April 25, 2009) For 54 minutes, the Kenyon College Lords lacrosse team gave rival and No. 13 –ranked Denison University all it could handle Saturday at McBride Field. The Big Red, however, scored three goals in the game's final six minutes and escaped with an 8-6 North Coast Athletic Conference victory.

Denison (11-1, 5-0 NCAC) jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one quarter of play and then tacked on another goal early in the second quarter. The two teams played cautiously for the next ten minutes or so, but when junior Dominique McCoy (Portland, OR/Woodrow Wilson) scored Kenyon's next goal, at the 2:14 mark, momentum shifted in a rush. McCoy's tally was followed by a man-up goal from senior Brett Fuller (Marlborough, MA/Avon Old Farms). That goal tied up the game at 3-3 with 54 seconds showing on the clock.

Although the Big Red may have thought they weathered the storm, the Lords fired in one more goal before the break. With just six seconds remaining in the half, freshman Geoff Akie (Sherborn, MA/Dover-Sherborn) took a feed from senior Ben Alexander (West Falls, NY/East Aurora) and put the Lords up 4-3.

Denison returned the favor at the end of the third quarter. The Big Red registered a man-up goal at the mid-way point, but Kenyon junior Jordan Zimolka (Bay Shore, NY Bay Shore) neutralized it with his second score of the game. As the clocked ticked down to six seconds again, Denison's Tanner Smith tied the game at five.

The score remained deadlocked until the 6:03 mark of the fourth quarter. That's when Denison punched in three straight goals in a four-minute span and locked up the win.

Alexander scored Kenyon's final goal and finished the contest with a goal and an assist. He and Zimolka were the only two Kenyon players that notched more than one point. Juniors Adam Damskey (Geyserville, CA/Sonoma Academy) and David Page (West Chester, PA/St. Andrew's (DE)) helped out the Lords in ways other than scoring. Damskey turned in a strong showing at midfield, where he won 12-of-18 face-offs, while Page, the Lords goalkeeper, made a total of 13 saves.

Kenyon (6-6, 1-2 NCAC) will next host Oberlin College in another conference battle scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.