Severna Park, Md. – Six players scored for No. 7 Denison University as the Big Red posted a 10-7 non-conference victory over St. Mary’s College of Maryland Wednesday afternoon at the Severn School. Junior midfielder Tanner Smith (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School) netted a hat trick and two helpers in leading Denison to the win.
Sophomores Cory Couture (San Diego, Calif./Coronado) and Alex Hardt (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) each scored a pair for Denison while Couture dished out one assist as well.
St. Mary’s (3-3) notched a 2-1 lead after the first period as midfielders Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John’s) and Ryan Alexander (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) gave their team the edge.
The Big Red (3-0) claimed the lead for good in the second quarter as the Denison defense forced four turnovers and held the Seahawks to just four shots while the DU offense tacked on four unanswered goals. Couture tallied back-to-back goals in a 23-second span as his team headed into halftime with a 5-2 advantage.
Alexander paced the Seahawks in scoring with a hat trick and an assist while junior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) found the back of the net twice at his old stomping grounds.
Denison outscored the Seahawks, 4-1, in the third stanza as Smith struck twice. Alexander tallied St. Mary’s lone goal at 10:54.
The Seahawks forged a late rally in the fourth period with a 4-1 run but time ran out as St. Mary’s cut its six-goal deficit in half with 1:09 left to play. Rosson, who was quiet all game, was finally able to beat sophomore goalie Gregg Shannon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Saint Anthony’s) with his two goals of the game.
Denison rattled off 50 shots to the Seahawks’ 29 while the Big Red captured the ground ball battle, 32-19, as senior midfielder Connor Detjen (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) scooped up a game-high eight and won 10-of-17 face-offs.
Shannon finished the contest with eight saves and two ground balls while junior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) picked up 11 saves, two ground balls and one caused turnover for St. Mary’s.
The Seahawks return to action next Wednesday, March 24 as St. Mary’s kick off Capital Athletic Conference action with Marymount (Va.) University at 4:00 pm at Seahawk Stadium.