RICHMOND, Ind. – A pair of insurance goals by Denison University in the second half propelled the Big Red past Earlham College, 4-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey clash on Thursday afternoon at Darrell Beane Stadium.
Denison (15-2, 13-0 NCAC) struck first with Lucy Pearsall's penalty corner goal off a pass from AC Veith with 16:54 left to play in the first half.
Sofia Salvatore knotted the game at 1-1 on behalf of Earlham (7-11, 3-10 NCAC) with that originated off a penalty corner play. Denise Bergdolt's initial shot from just inside the scoring circle was wide of the mark, but deflected in front of the goal by Isabelle Bishop and onto the stick of Salvatore, who jammed it home for the score with 2:09 left on the game clock.
Earlham's momentum was short-lived, with Denison retaking the lead in the final minute of the opening half. Charlotte Godfrey fired home a shot from directly in front of the Earlham cage with 42 seconds remaining in the frame, off an entry pass from Rachel Kelsey.
Neither team was able to generate much offense over the first 10 minutes of the second half, as each squad fought over control of the ball in the midfield. Denison eventually added to its lead with 23:49 remaining when Alyssa Bahel jammed home a loose ball in front of the Quaker cage past Earlham goalie Meg Murphy.
The Big Red capped the scoring with 2:28 left in the game when Veith scored on a penalty corner shot off a feed from Caroline Little.
Denison, who entered the game as the top team outside the top 20 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III coaches poll, outshot Earlham, 18-2, and had a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Murphy finished the game with seven saves, while Denison goalie Teya Adams was charted with one stop.
Earlham closes out its 2018 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the Quakers host DePauw University in an NCAC matchup. Seniors Maite Turlings, Natalie Blatz, and Bronwen Evans will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies.
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