Experience Plentiful for 2016 Tigers

Experience Plentiful for 2016 Tigers

The DePauw field hockey team won't have to wait too long in an attempt to avenge the loss that ended their 2015 season.

The Tigers open the season Saturday when they play Hendrix at Rhodes College, but on Sunday they get the host Lynx, who ended DePauw's season in the first round of the NCAA DIII Field Hockey Championship last year.

Second year head coach Erika Dombkowski brings her squad back after going 15-5 overall and 12-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Tigers hit their stride in October, going 8-1 in the month and closing the year at 10-2 in lieu of their NCAC Tournament Championship title.

DePauw averaged 3.5 goals last year on 18.8 shots per game, while only giving up 1.48 goals against. They return their top three point scorers in Paige Berliner (48), Reilly Bruce (32) and Rose Revolinski (19) and 81 percent of their scoring.

Berliner, Bruce and Revolinski were All-NCAC selections along with defenders Maddy Burds, Riley Miller and Annie Wyman. While those six return, the Tigers lose their other All-NCAC selection and NCAC co-player of the year Grace Goodbarn. Another loss will be Natalie Abbott, who posted five goals and three assists last season.

Berliner led the team with 19 goals and 10 assists. Bruce followed with 15 goals and Corina Bourantas was third in goals with eight.

DePauw is again a youthful bunch with just three seniors on the roster in Wyman, Sofia Carretero and Addie Ball. Eight freshmen enter the fray with hopes of earning playing time.

The Tigers are on the road for their first seven games before hosting Denison in their home opener on Sept. 24, which starts a stretch of four consecutive home games. Their first NCAC contest is Sept. 7 at Wittenberg.