Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw women's lacrosse team opened their 2014 campaign Saturday afternoon with a 14-9 victory over the visiting Mount St. Joseph Lions.
The opening 10 minutes featured eight goals, as neither team could muster up a formidable defense. Mount St. Joseph opened the scoring just 51 seconds into the half when Chrissy O'Hara sprinted into the Tigers' zone and fired a shot that found the back of the net.
The Tigers would answer with three straight goals putting them in front 3-1 with 25:28 in the half. Carey Kunz tied the contest before Elizabeth McCracken put the Tigers ahead. Kunz would score DePauw's third goal on an assist from McCracken.
Mount St. Joseph cut the DePauw lead to 3-2 when Erica Walsh scored with 24:44 left in the half, but the Tigers answered quickly when Jamie Powell scored just 38 seconds later.
The Lions kept the DePauw lead close when Samantha Hughes scored with 21:12 remaining, cutting the Tigers' lead to just one.
DePauw went on another three goal run over a 15 minute span putting them up 7-3. Emily Scinta, Taylor Summers and Maryclaire Heldring all scored during the run. Abigail Snively and McCracken added assists for DePauw.
Before the half was over, Hughes would score for the Lions with 3:08 on the clock, but DePauw would answer yet again, scoring two goals in the final 32 seconds of the half. Kunz scored her third goal of the half with just 31 seconds left and Powell would close out the first half scoring just 13 seconds later.
The second half proved to be a tightly contested battle for the opening 12 minutes as Mount St. Joseph was able to close within two goals. However, the Tigers were able to withstand the Lions' charge and add a few insurance goals before grabbing a 14-9 victory.
Five different Tigers scored in the second half led by Kunz who had a game-high four goals. Nicole Gibson, Scinta, Powell, and McCracken would all join in on the second half scoring. DePauw outshot the Lions 29-27 and held a 13-12 edge on draw controls.
Liz Hawkins made eight second half saves for DePauw, while Sammi Ives totaled 10 saves in a losing effort.
The Tigers are back in action Friday, March 21, when they travel to Augustana (IL) for an 8 p.m. contest.