Denison leads NCAC All-Sports race after fall season
GRANVILLE, Ohio. (November 23, 2021) – After winning the North Coast Athletic Conference regular season championships in women’s soccer and volleyball, Denison University leads the 2021-22 race of the NCAC All-Sports Championship. The Big Red finished in the top five in six of the seven fall championship sports.
In addition to scoring the maximum 10 points in women’s soccer and volleyball, Denison has 8.5 points in field hockey, eight points in men’s soccer and men’s cross-country, 6.5 points in football and 4 , 0 points in women’s cross-country.
In addition to leading the overall NCAC sports standings with 55.0 points overall, 6.5 points ahead of second-placed DePauw University, Denison also leads the women’s standings with 32.5 points, five points ahead of Kenyon. Middle School. In the men’s standings, DePauw leads with 26.0 points while Denison is second with 22.5 points.
The Denison volleyball team won the program’s first NCAC championship with a perfect 8-0 conference record. Junior mid hitter Lucy anderson (Third Team All-American) and first-year outside hitter Daria rodriguez (Honorable Mention All-American) became the first NCAA All-Americans in Denison volleyball program history, while Anderson was also the first Big Red volleyball player to be named NCAC Player of the Year. Rodriguez was the first to win the region’s freshman award and the third in a row to win the NCAC Newcomer of the Year award. In addition, the head coach Carter Cassell was named NCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in a row.
Women’s soccer won its 11th NCAC championship, its best in its conference, going 7-1 in the conference. Elders Abby king and Katie Livingston were named NCAC Midfielder and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while Head Coach Gail Murphy was named NCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
After finishing third in the regular season standings with a 6-2-1 conference record, the men’s soccer team earned a pair of 1-0 wins over No. 18 Ohio Wesleyan and No. ° 14 Kenyon College to win the NCAC Tournament Championship for the third time in program history. The Big Red went on to make their 10th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but unfortunately failed by a 1-0 score in the first round against Covenant College. Senior goalkeeper Dylan brown was named MVP of the NCAC tournament and was joined in the first team of all conferences by the junior midfielder Lorenz Hoover.
Field hockey is tied for second in the regular season standings with a 6-2 record in the conference. The Big Red qualified for their fourth straight game of the NCAC tournament championship before missing a 2-1 overtime scoreline against Ohio Wesleyan University. Second-year defender Cary Mauck was the only Big Red selection in the first team of all conferences and was named in the second team of all regions
Football ended its season 6-3 in the conference, which was tied for fourth place, and had 14 players from all conferences, led by the first teams. Trey Fabrocini, Trey dawkins, Kevin Pierre, Jeff moore, Ryan hallinan, and Cory swartzmiller.
Men’s cross country placed third in the NCAC while Kenan Ginell Sr. won the NCAC Individual Championship, was named NCAC Rider of the Year, is part of the All-Region team and is became the first Big Red men’s cross country racer to compete in the NCAA Championship since 2011, where he set a new personal best and was 93rd overall in NCAA Division III. The women’s cross country, meanwhile, placed seventh in the NCAC as a senior. Emily willson won first team honors in all conferences and all regions.
The All-Sports Champion receives the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, presented annually to the best performing school in the 23 NCAC sports. Denison has won this trophy a record 17 times and ranks first in the conference in terms of total conference championships at 159.