Ohio Wesleyan vs. Denison
March 26, 2005
The Game Story:
Sophomore attacker Brian McCommons (Smyrna, Del./Dover) scored with
1:11 left in regulation time to cap a frantic rally that lifted Ohio
Wesleyan over Denison in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
With the Bishops trailing, 13-10, with less than 5 minutes to play,
junior midfielder Chris Riehl (Upper Arlington) scored and freshman attacker
Harrison Iuliano (Mendham, N.J./Blair Academy) added a man-up goal just over
a minute later to pull Ohio Wesleyan within 13-12.
Senior midfielder Brian Small (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored
to tie the game at 13-13 with 2:30 remaining and McCommons notched the
game-winner off a feed from senior midfielder Seth McNally (Gibsonia,
Pa./Pine-Richland). Ohio Wesleyan won the ensuing faceoff and was able to
run out most of the rest of the remaining time before turning the ball over
with :09 to play, but Denison was not able to get off a shot at the tying
goal.
Ohio Wesleyan raced to a 3-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game,
with senior attacker John Schlegel (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) scoring twice
during that span. McNally added a goal with 6:27 left in the first quarter
for a 4-0 Bishop lead.
Denison rallied with 3 straight goals, 2 coming from the stick of
sophomore attacker Chris Boehl (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall), but Ohio Wesleyan
answered with 3 straight goals, with Schlegel scoring one and assisting
another. Denison came back with 2 scores, but the Bishops got a man-up goal
from freshman attacker Nick Gallagher (Columbus/Dublin Scioto) to take an
8-5 lead into the locker room.
Denison struck quickly in the third quarter, scoring a pair of
man-up goals in the first 2 minutes of play. Ohio Wesleyan got those scores
back with a pair of goals less than a minute apart, but Denison came back
with 2 more man-up goals and finished the quarter with a 3-0 run. The Big
Red scored 6 straight goals during the third and fourth quarters, with 6
different players scoring, to take a 13-10 lead midway through the period.
Schlegel led the Bishops with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Iuliano
finished with 2 goals and junior attacker Jarred Law (Littleton,
Colo./Arapahoe) added a goal and 2 assists.
Senior Paul McCommons (Smyrna, Del./Dover) stopped 10 shots in the
Ohio Wesleyan goal, and sophomore defenseman Peter Hargrove (Medina) was
credited with a save in the fourth quarter.
Boehl led Denison with 4 goals, senior midfielder Tom Moschos
(Worcester, Mass./St. Mark's) had 2 goals and an assist and senior attacker
Craig Pastor (Upper Arlington) and sophomore attacker Clay Wawner
(Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) scored 2 goals apiece.
Junior Porter Hayes (Exeter, N.H./Bridgton Academy) had 10 saves for
Denison.