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Ohio Wesleyan takes third meeting against Denison to reach Elite 8 of NCAA's

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GRANVILLE -- Another one goal game between rich lacrosse rivals Ohio Wesleyan and Denison.

Before Saturday night, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan had played 11 times since 2015 and five of those contests were decided by one goal.

Ohio Wesleyan escaped with an 11-10 victory over Denison University under the lights at Piper Stadium. The Battling Bishops (18-3) advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will meet Gettysburg on Wednesday, May 16 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Denison's season comes to a close at 16-4.

With Denison clinging to a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Battling Bishops won the opening faceoff and one minute later, Lucas Smith buried his 12th goal of the season to tie the game for the sixth time, 9-9.

With 11:45 left in the quarter, Owen Armstrong scored on Peter Pittroff's 74th assist of the season.

On the ensuing faceoff, Ohio Wesleyan was awarded possession after a foul on the Big Red. Luke Leyden tied the game at 10-10 after accepting a nice pass from Cole Jamieson.

With 7:25 left in the contest, Cole Jamieson called his own number and scored the eventual game-winner. The Big Red did have some strong chances down the stretch. Two shots by Spencer Butler just missed wide and OWU goalie Ben Rigger took one off the board on a shot by Pittroff.

With 1:28 left in the game, Leyden tried to slam the door but was denied by Denison goalie Reeves McKenney. Hannibal George gathered the loose ball and after the clear, the Big Red called a timeout with 1:13 to draw up a potential game-tying play.

With 25 seconds on the clock, Jake Waxter fired a shot that was wide. Armstrong made an attempt with nine seconds left but Josiah Wilson managed to get the ground ball. He tried to create some space for himself but had to take a desperation attempt from 20+ yards out. The shot was just wide of the cage and Rigger was there to stifle it as time expired.


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