Greencastle, Ind.- After grabbing their first win in program history over Elmhurst earlier this season, the DePauw men's lacrosse team was back in action hosting Hope College at Blackstock Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Tigers fended off a late Dutchmen comeback winning the contest by a final score of 8-6.
DePauw improved to 2-1 on the year, while Hope dropped to 0-2.
The Tigers struck first when Ryan Mauro's shot found the back of the net just 1:20 in the first quarter. Hope would answer on Gunnar Elder's goal with 8:24 left in the first. DePauw's Sam Caravana would put the Tigers ahead with 4:57 in the first and DePauw would hold a 2-1 advantage at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter Adam Bridges extended DePauw's lead when he fired home a shot with 7:53 in the second. Robert Lapp's unassisted goal would put the Tigers in front by a score of 4-1 with 6:26. The Flying Dutchmen would cut into DePauw's lead on Elder's second goal of the game on an assist from Jacob Kamstra with 6:18 left in the half.
With a 4-2 halftime lead the Tigers started the third quarter on a strong note scoring the first two goals. Lapp tallied his second of three goals on an assist from Sam Alkema with 12:12 left in the third followed by Mauro's unassisted strike with 9:28 on the clock.
Despite trailing 6-2 Hope would not stop fighting as Zach Weber found the net on an assist from Niko Pagkanlungan with 8:08 left in the third. Bridges would close out the third quarter scoring on an unassisted goal with 5:07 putting DePauw up 7-3.
Hope dominated the fourth quarter scoring two straight goals and grabbing some momentum. Peter Stuckey and Nicklas Raycraft cut the Tigers' lead to 7-5 with just 4:57 left in the game.
DePauw would answer just four seconds later when Lapp fired in his third goal of the day on an assist from Grant Skipper. Hope would score a goal with 44 seconds left, but it was too little too late for the Dutchmen as the Tigers held on for the victory.
The Tigers held a 39-29 advantage on ground balls, but were outshot by Hope 50-49. Leading the Tigers was goalkeeper Tom Kryspin who made 20 saves in the win. Connor Miedema made nine saves for Hope in the loss.
The Flying Dutchmen committed five penalties for 3:30 of penalty time, while the Tigers committed three penalties for 4:00 of penalty time.
DePauw is back in action Saturday, March 15, when they travel to Carthage for a 3 p.m. contest.