#4 Denison just too much for Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio – Denison University (12-1, 7-0 NCAC) notched its 12th consecutive win on Wednesday as the No. 4 Big Red came away with a 23-5 victory against Kenyon College (5-7, 3-4 NCAC) at McBride Field in North Coast Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse action.

Will Donohue led the Big Red with six goals while Liam Rooney added five. In total, nine different players found the back of the net for Denison. In goal, freshman Stephen Paras notched six saves.

The visitors out-shot Kenyon 66-22, held a 21-to-9 advantage in face-offs won and 41-20 margin in ground balls.

Within the first 1:42 of the opening quarter, Owen Armstrong and Jake Waxter found goals for the Big Red. Denison would tally the game’s first six scores overall and led 6-0 with 12:22 left in the second after Wills Hutras tallied a goal.

Kenyon then got on the board 10:18 left in the second. Junior Pierce Kraft spun around a defender about 15 yards from the Denison goal and fired a laser by Paras bringing the count to 6-1.

That would not spark the Lords, however, as Denison followed with a 9-0 run that reached into the third stanza. By the end of the first half, DU held a 12-1 lead and then in the third, their big run was capped off by Donohue’s fifth goal of the game at the 11:17 mark. That brought the count to 15-1.

Chris Ferraro stopped the big stretch a couple minutes later as he fired low into the Denison net for his 13th goal of the season.

The Lords did find a few more scores the rest of the way as senior Alex Lopez scored once while Robert Jacobs added two more.

In goal, Gabriel Avis notched 16 saves for Kenyon. It was the sixth time this season Avis recorded at least 13 saves for the team. Additionally, Noah Gurzenski saw some action for the second time this year and recorded a save.

Kenyon will close out its 2017 season this coming Saturday when they travel to Hiram College for a 3:30 p.m. conference game.

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