No. 14 Denison completed its regular season on Saturday night with a 27-0 victory over Hiram College from Piper Stadium. The victory sends them into the first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed. It also assured them the program's 14th conference championship.
The Big Red took control of the contest in the opening minutes and after one quarter led 11-0. By halftime DU held a commanding 19-0 lead.
For the game, Denison would see 16 different players account for its 27 goals. Benjie Colberg, Matt King and Connor Carroll led the way with three goals apiece. Colberg also added two assists. Teddy Powell posted two goals and three assists while Mike Soumekh checked in with two goals and two helpers. Junior attack Eddie Vita led the team in assists with four. He also scored once.
DU outshot the Terriers 53-7 while posting 61 ground balls and forcing Hiram into 24 turnovers. The Big Red won 22-of-29 face-off's and were led by Chip Phillips who was 8-for-9 with six ground balls. Ben Hearn and Evan Chaberski led the team with seven ground balls.
Up next for the Big Red will be the NCAC Tournament's No. 4 seed, Kenyon College. The two squads will meet on Tuesday (April 23) at 7:30 p.m. in Granville. If Denison advances to the championship game that would take place on Saturday (April 27) at a time to be determined.
NOTABLE: Prior to the game Denison honored its six senior members, Corey Daff, Matt Ekroth, Bart Farinholt, Tyler King, Spencer Riehl, and Nick Verklin. Since 2010 the group has posted a record of 48-12 and has gone 19-3 in NCAC play while capturing three conference championships and making three-straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.