Denison women's lacrosse suffered a 14-3 loss on Saturday afternoon to No. 1 Gettysburg in the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Clark Field. The Big Red finished the 2019 season at 16-5 overall, while the Bullets will advance to the quarterfinal round on Sunday and take on the winner of the Wesleyan (CT) vs. Washington & Lee matchup.
Gettysburg netted seven consecutive goals in the first half before Denison's Casey McTague (Arlington, VA/Stone Ridge) would find the back of the net at 6:52. The Bullets would score 30 seconds after the McTague goal, while Molly Fischer (Barrington, RI/Moses Brown) answered back for a Big Red goal at 5:50. Two more scores by Gettysburg would end the half with the Bullets owning a 10-2 lead.
The second half would see three unanswered goals by the Bullets, before a Virginia Hamilton (Richmond, VA/St. Catherine's) goal late in the half to chip away at the deficit. Gettysburg would net the final goal of the game at 2:53, earning the 14-3 final.
Hannah Magarian (Minneapolis, MN/Blake) would make eight saves between the pipes for Denison, while Bailey Pilder recorded 11 saves for the victors.
This was the fifth time in school history the Big Red competed in the round of 16.
GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Denison women's lacrosse team rolled to a second-round victory in the NCAA Division III tournament Sunday afternoon against Transylvania. The Big Red tallied 15 goals in the first half en route to a 19-6 win over the Pioneers.
Transylvania jumped out to a 1-0 lead before Denison returned with four goals, three of which came from Kiely Noonan (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley), giving the Big Red a 4-1 lead. The Pioneers would strike back with one goal, followed by two more by Denison. Transylvania was able to put two more goals in before the half, but it wasn't enough to match the Big Red's nine goals taking a 15-4 lead into halftime.
Denison went on to score four consecutive goals in the second half, while Transylvania was only able to find the back of the net twice in the final three minutes of regulation.
Noonan tallied a game-high six goals, while also earning one draw control and an assist, while Casey McTague (Arlington, VA/Stone Ridge), Hope Adams (Denver, CO/Cherry Creek), Maddy Heher (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and Liza Farnham (Barrington, RI/Moses Brown) all tallied two goals in the game.
The victory moves the Big Red to round three of the NCAA Tournament where they will take on Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, May 18, at a time to be determined. The Bullets advanced to the third round by handing Westminster (PA) a 24-1 loss Sunday afternoon. In a previous matchup this season, Gettysburg defeated Denison, 14-4, on March 3.
After capturing the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women's Lacrosse Tournament title on May 5, the Denison Big Red earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Big Red will open up against Transylvania in the second round of the tournament on Sunday, May 12, at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio.
The Big Red qualified for the NCAA postseason tournament by winning the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the sixth-straight year and the 14th time overall. This is Denison 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
For Transylvania, the Pioneers earned a spot in the tournament after defeating Hanover 20-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament on Saturday, May 4.
Ten first-round games will be conducted Saturday, May 11 with the winners advancing to the second round. Sixteen second-round games will be conducted on Sunday, May 12 with the winners advancing to one of four regional sites Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Winners of the four regionals will advance to the semifinals and final, which take place Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 at Day Field in Ashland, Virginia. Randolph-Macon College and Richmond Region Tourism will serve as hosts for the championship.