Sept. 1, 2019 (Sewanee, Tenn)- The DePauw University field hockey team were overpowered in their 5-0 loss to Rhodes College.
The Tigers came out with the same energy as game one, putting the pressure on early Alexa Steil kept the ball down in the Lynx's half for the opening minutes.
Rhodes, however, opened the game with an equal amount of aggression pushing the ball up the left side of the field getting deep into the striking circle. Fortunately for DePauw, a foul stopped the Lynx's attack efforts.
Staying in the Tigers' defensive end, Allie Duranceau and Maria Hewitt's combined effort, played a significant role in stopping an easy goal from slipping in. Though it resulted in a corner for Rhodes the communication by DePauw stifled the Lynx's chance to score.
Unfortunately, at the four-minute mark, Rhodes finally connected with an unassisted goal by Lynx's Sabrina Simpson.
DePauw attempted to answer with their own goal three minutes later to tie the game, but the shot on goal went just wide of the cage.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Rhodes got their second goal of the game off a rebound that was initially blocked by Duranceau, giving the Lynx a two-point advantage.
Rhodes offensive line continued to overpower the Tigers in the second quarter, hindering any chance for DePauw to find their first goal.
Despite Duranceau's incredible efforts, the Lynx's ability to crowd the circle and slip passes through the defense proved to be too much for the Tigers, as they finished the half down 3-0.
The speed and lunging accuracy of the Lynx stifled the Tigers' chances of scoring in the third. Although DePauw didn't find success in the striking circle, their efforts kept them in the game. Holding possession of the ball much more in the quarter and putting more pressure on Rhode's defensive line wore the Lynx down and kept them from scoring in the third quarter.
Though DePauw finished the fourth quarter with the final score of 0-5, there were shining moments from both ends of the field. From Duranceau's 12 saves throughout the game to Cathy Zesiger's' consistent ability to make plays on the ball, with a little time, the Tigers will reach more successful outcomes.
DePauw's next game is Sept. 6, at 6 PM EDT, against Christopher Newport University.