Wooster vs. Denison
March 30, 2008
The Game Story:
No. 18 Denison University scored five unanswered goals from the final moments of the first quarter to midway through the third, taking a 5-1 lead on The College of Wooster in the key North Coast Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse contest Sunday afternoon, and the Big Red went on to prevail 10-5 inside John P. Papp Stadium.

Denison, which defeated Wittenberg University on Wednesday (10-6), remains perfect with a 2-0 league record, while Wooster (5-1, 0-1 NCAC) suffers its first loss of the campaign.

On Sunday, the Scots tied it 1-1 on an unassisted goal with 3:37 left in the first period from sophomore Pat Coyne.

That was as close as Wooster would be, though, as the Big Red combined to outshoot the Scots 21-13 during the second and third quarters. Wooster goalie Matt Biester produced saves on seven of those attempts including five in the second to keep the Scots within reach, but Denison got the ball past him and into the net four times during that stretch, including two scores coming on man-up opportunities.

The Scots were able to stop the run with three-straight goals in the third, when Chris Gatsch found the back of the Big Red net twice at the 6:25 and 4:27 marks, and Coyne connected on his second goal of the afternoon with 1:46 left to pull Wooster within striking distance at 6-4.

The Big Red responded scoring the first two goals by Brady Burton in the fourth quarter to take an 8-4 advantage. Wooster came back with Coyne’s third goal for the game, giving him eight goals on the season, with an assist from sophomore Alex Mies. Two late Big Red goals in the final 3:15 of action sealed the road victory.

In net for Wooster, Biester ended up with 10 saves.

Denison was led by Burton with five goals, while Rick Mackessy and Dan Maude each finished with two goals and two assists, respectively. Goalkeeper Alex Baruch came up with nine saves on 24 Wooster shots.

The Scots will have to quickly regroup, as they travel to Adrian, Mich., and take on the Adrian College Bulldogs (1-4) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.