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Denison Hosts Carthage to Open NCAA Play

Denison Senior Liam Rooney
Denison Senior Liam Rooney

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After winning the NCAC Tournament last Saturday with a 16-8 victory over Ohio Wesleyan, the Denison men’s lacrosse team will now host Carthage in the opening-round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament this Wednesday, May 10th, at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. Game time is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children (ages 3-12).

Denison and Carthage will be meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, with the winner advancing to the third round to square off against either Aurora or Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, May 13.

The Big Red, who are ranked seventh in the nation on the latest USILA national poll, will be making their 22nd NCAA Div. III Tournament appearance, and their ninth bid since 2005. This is the second-straight year DU has entered the NCAA postseason on a 15-game winning streak. 

The Big Red boasts the nation’s second ranked scoring offense and the seventh ranked defense. Senior Liam Rooney (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) leads all of collegiate lacrosse with 68 assists. His 99 points rank fourth nationally.  He needs only two points to become Denison’s career leader.

Fellow senior, Will Donohue (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin School) is the squad’s leading goal scorer.  He has a career-high 52 goals this season and recently surpassed 100 goals for his career.

Junior Ben Duhoski (Millbrook, NY/The Millbrook School) spearheads a Denison defense that has limited opponents to just 6.28 goals per game.  He has 27 caused turnovers and collected 41 ground balls in 16 starts. NCAC Tournament MVP, Henry DeCamp (Washington, DC/Deerfield Academy) is winning 63.4 percent of his faceoffs taken this season.  He is also the team leader in ground balls with 99.

Carthage is 16-4 and was the recipient of one of three Pool B bids to the tournament. They are coming off a 12-8 loss to Illinois Wesleyan in the CCIW Tournament Championship. Carthage is led in scoring by Andy Szun who has 51 goals and 28 assists in 20 starts. Andy Myers is winning 74 percent of faceoffs this season for the Red Men.

This will be Denison’s 35th NCAA Tournament game in program history. The Big Red is 13-21 all-time in the Division III playoffs.  They have advanced to quarterfinals 13 times and have advanced to the semifinal round, twice.