April 19, 2014

Gators' Fast Start Dooms Tigers

Greencastle, Ind.- A strong first half by the visiting Allegheny Gators proved to be too much for the Tigers as they fell, 15-10, Saturday afternoon at Blackstock Stadium.

With the loss, DePauw dropped to 3-9 on the season and 2-5 in North Coast Athletic Conference play, while the Gators improved to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the NCAC.

Allegheny started the game scoring three straight goals in the opening four minutes. Carey Kunz would score an unassisted goal with 25:58 to put the Tigers on the board. Abigail Snively scored just one minute later on an assist from Emilye Denny to draw DePauw within one.

The Gators took control of the contest outscoring the Tigers 9-1 to close out the half. Kelsey Rodgers and Kelly Dickson each scored two goals for Allegheny in the final 22 minutes of the half.

Taylor Summers scored DePauw's third goal with 6:05 left in the half on an assist by Denny. The Tigers trailed 12-3 entering halftime and the contest appeared to be all Allegheny.

However, DePauw came out of the locker room with a heightened energy, scoring the opening three goals of the second period. Denny struck first on an assist from Summers just two minutes into the half. Summers and Denny would connect again just 12 seconds later, but this time it was Summers who netted the goal. Kunz added a goal on a free position shot with 27:10 on the clock to make the score 12-6.

Allegheny would score three goals over the next five minutes lead by McKenzie Bell who tallied two goals in the run.

The Tigers closed the game on a comeback run that fell just short as they were only able to net four goals. Kunz's unassisted goal made the score 15-7 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the contest. Denny and Jamie Powell would add unassisted goals to draw the Tigers within six and Powell would score the final goal of the contest with 2:04 left on a free position shot.

Rodgers and Gusty Mead paced Allegheny with three goals each and Bell added four assists. Kunz tallied three goals in the loss, while Denny totaled three assists for the Tigers.

Kaelin Clogan made nine saves in goal for the Gators, while Liz Hawkins grabbed 13 saves in the loss for DePauw.

Allegheny outshot DePauw 35-24 and held a 25-19 edge on ground balls. The Gators had 14 draw controls to the Tigers' 13 and committed 21 penalties to DePauw's 25.

DePauw is back in action Saturday, April 26, when they travel to Kenyon for a 1:00 p.m. NCAC showdown.