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DU downs Gators, remains unbeaten

Molly Chapman tied the school record with 7 assists against Allegheny.
Molly Chapman tied the school record with 7 assists against Allegheny.

Denison sophomore Molly Chapman tied the Denison single-game record for assists with seven. She also added three goals as the Big Red posted a 17-14 win over Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

Chapman's 10 point outing was just two point shy of the Denison record held by Denison hall of famer Laura Peace.

The Big Red started strong, taking a 3-0 lead in the opening two minutes of play thanks to goals by Whitney Powel, Katherine Palms and Kelsey Wright.  After an Allegheny score, the Big Red would go on another 3-0 run pwered by goals from Palms, Powel, and Carol Allen.

Leading 6-1 with 11 minutes to play in the first half, the Gators would score four of the next five goals and cut the deficit to 7-5.

Over the final 2:55 of the first half DU would go on a tear, scoring five goals.  The last goal would come from Chapman just as time expired in the period.  All three of Chapman's goals in the game came during this three-minute flurry.

In the second half, Allegheny would outscore the Big Red 9-5 but the eight-goal deficit would be too much to overcome.  Chapman's record-tying seventh assist came with 11:48 to play in the second half off a feed to Piper Logan.  She is now tied in the DU record books with Jeanne Walsh, who coincidently set the record in 1998 against Allegheny.

Following in the scoring category was Erin Keller and Allen who tallied three goals apiece.  Keller also added four draws and two ground balls.  Powell finished with two goals and two assists to go along with her team-high six draw controls and three ground balls.

DU outshot the Gators 32-27 and posted 19 draw controls to Allegheny's 13.  Denison goalie Grace Bodenmann played all 60 minutes and made eight saves.  Allegheny netminder Eliza Morgan ended with nine saves.

Allegheny was led in scoring by McKenzie Bell who posted six goals and two assists.  Kelsey Rodgers added five goals.

Denison remains unbeaten at 6-0 while Allegheny's record drops to 6-2 on the season.  DU returns to action on Tuesday (April 2) when they travel to Oberlin College for a 7 p.m. match.  The Big Red returns to Granville on Saturday (April 6) when they host Sewanee at noon.