Tigers Dominate in Program's First Victory
Greencastle, Ind.- After a winless 2013 campaign the DePauw men's lacrosse team was hungry to get into the win column. Following a hard fought loss in their season opener, the Tigers returned to action Saturday afternoon taking on the visiting Elmhurst College Blue Jays.
The Tigers dominated every facet of the game cruising to their first win in program history by a final score of 14-6.
With the win DePauw improved to 1-1 on the year, while Elmhurst dropped to 0-2.
Robert Lapp opened up the scoring for the Tigers when he found the net on an unassisted goal just four minutes into the contest. Elmhurst would answer when Drew Wassenaar with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Tied 1-1 after one, DePauw quickly took control of the game in the second quarter, scoring three goals in the opening five minutes. Lapp would put the Tigers ahead for good with 12:41 left in the half. With 10:36 left in the second, Adam Bridges scored on an assist from Sam Caravana stretching DePauw's lead to 3-1. Sam Alkema would add another Tiger goal just 23 seconds later giving DePauw a firm hold on the game.
Lapp would add two more of his six goals before the second quarter was over, scoring on an assist from Alkema with 3:10 left and an unassisted strike with 1:56 on the clock.
Up 6-1 at halftime, the Tigers would keep their foot on the gas adding eight more goals in the second half. Lapp and Bridges would net goals and Caravana would grab an assist in the third quarter.
Elmhurst would tally a goal when Alex Opyd scored on an extra man opportunity with 10:18 left in the third. The Blue Jays added four goals in the final quarter by Wassenaar (2), Matt Westhaver, and Ben Porter.
The Tigers would put an explosive finishing touch on their historic day, scoring six goals in the fourth quarter. Bridges would score four goals, while Lapp and Alkema each added one. Eric Speer registered two assists, while Grant Skipper, Bridges and Lapp each tallied an assist in the fourth.
DePauw shattered their previous team and individual offensive records led by Bridges and Lapp who each scored six goals. The Tigers outshot Elmhurst 45-30 and held a 38-25 edge on ground balls.
Elmhurst goalkeeper, Nick Bonastia had 15 saves in the loss, while DePauw's Tom Kryspin made eight saves in the victory.
The Tigers committed eight penalties for 6:30 of penalty time and the Blue Jays committed seven penalties for 5:00 of penalty time.
DePauw returns to action Saturday, March 8, when they host Hope College. Saturday's contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be played on Boswell Field.