Maroons Topple No. 19 Denison on the Road 14-4 in Top 25 Matchup

Grace Koutouzis (33) scored five goals and two assists against the Big Red.
Grace Koutouzis (33) scored five goals and two assists against the Big Red.

The Basics
Score: No. 25 Roanoke 14, No. 19 Denison 4
Records: Maroons 1-0; Big Red 0-1
Location: Granville, Ohio

The Lead: The No. 25 Roanoke women's lacrosse team showed why they are one of the top teams in the country on Saturday with a 14-4 win over No. 19 Denison in both programs' season opener. 

How it Happened:

  • Grace Koutouzis opened up scoring for the Maroons this season with a goal just over five and a half minutes into the game at 9:28 off an assist from Lilly Blair. The Big Red answered right back just 30 seconds later to level the match at 1-1. However, the Maroons went on a 3-0 scoring run to close out the first quarter with a goal each by Blair, Koutouzis, and Libby Bowman
  • Maddie Stopkoski gave the Maroons a 5-1 lead a little more than a minute into the second quarter. After Denison got back within three, the Maroons added another goal right before the half to lead 6-2 at the break.
  • The third and four quarters were identical to the first from a scoring perspective with Roanoke adding four goals in each to just one for the home team as the Maroons held on for the 10-goal win over a nationally-ranked team.  

By the Numbers: 

  • Kyleigh Chickering made six saves against the 10 shots she faced while playing all 60 minutes in goal to earn her first win of the season. 
  • Koutouzis and Bowman led the Maroons with five goals apiece with Koutouzis adding two assists and Bowman adding one. 
  • The Maroons went 26-28 on clear attempts while leading the Big Red in shots (27-13), ground balls (18-12), and free position shots (2-0). 

Up Next: Roanoke will be back on campus on Sunday, February 26 when they host St. Mary's (Md.) in their home opener. The first draw control is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Kerr Stadium.