Tigers Fall in Season Opener

Tigers Fall in Season Opener

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw men's lacrosse team opened its 2014 campaign Saturday afternoon as it hosted Rhodes at Blackstock Stadium, and a second-half comeback fell short as the Tigers dropped a 7-4 decision to the Lynx.

After their opening loss, DePauw dropped to 0-1, while the Lynx improved to 3-1 on the year.

Rhodes took an early lead, scoring twice in the opening quarter on Cooper Robinson's goal with 11:04 on the clock, followed by Merrill Charette's goal with 7:32 remaining in the quarter.

Robinson would add another goal early in the second quarter when he stretched Rhodes' lead to 3-0. The Lynx would add a fourth goal before the half when Jason Lee found the back of the net with 9:04 on the clock.

The Tigers would get on the board with 1:30 left in the half when Sam Caravana scored on an assist from Sean Coyne.

In the second half Rhodes was back on the attack, scoring with 8:40 left in the third on Lee's second goal assisted by Charette.

Freshman midfielder Sam Alkema took advantage of a Rhodes penalty and cut the Lynx lead to 5-2 when he connected on a pass from Caravana with 1:05 left in the third quarter.

Caravana cut the Tigers' deficit to just two with 12:26 left in the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal. Ned Hartfiel scored on Alkema's assist just three minutes later cutting the Rhodes' lead yet again to 5-4 and became the third DePauw freshman to score on the day.

The Lynx would eventually regain control of the game and add two insurance goals before it was said and done. Lee would secure a hat trick on the day scoring on a pass from Andrew Salamunovich with 8:53 left in the final quarter and MG Jadick would round out the scoring on an unassisted shot with 7:33 on the clock.

Rhodes' Braxton Carr registered the win after netting 13 saves, while DePauw's Tom Kryspin was tabbed with the loss after grabbing 12 saves.

DePauw collected eight faceoffs to Rhodes' six during the match. Both squads had nine penalties in the contest.

The Tigers return to action on March 1 at 12:00 p.m. when they host Elmhurst.