Second-Half Surge Pushes Illinois Wesleyan to Win

Second-Half Surge Pushes Illinois Wesleyan to Win

Bloomington, Ill. - DePauw and Illinois Wesleyan entered the third period deadlocked, 7-7, but the host Titans scored 11 goals in the third including six in the first six minutes and sent the Tigers to a 22-15 defeat. DePauw dropped to 1-5, while Illinois Wesleyan improved to 5-1.

The Tigers needed just eight seconds to score as Tyler McCoy gave DePauw a 1-0 lead, but that would be the Tigers' only lead of the contest. The Titans held a 7-4 advantage in the second before DePauw rallied with three goals in the final four minutes of the half to knot the contest at 7-7 at halftime.

Illinois Wesleyan grabbed a 10-7 lead with three scores in the first two minutes of the third. Steen Jorgensen stopped the run with 10:50 left in the frame, but the Titans scored three more times in a 2:07 span to push the lead to 13-8. DePauw's Dylan Garvey scored midway through the period, but the Titans' onslaught continued with five goals in the final 6:16 of the quarter for an 18-9 lead.

The Titans stretched the lead to as many as 11 before DePauw scored five in the last 6:05.

Matthew Dauw and McCoy each scored three in the loss, while Jack Richey assisted on five scores. Will Rossi led Illinois Wesleyan with six goals and Cole Harden added five.

Luke Ruiz-Funes recorded 15 saves for the Tigers, while Will Harris had seven for the Titans.

Illinois Wesleyan outshot the Tigers, 63-42 and led in ground balls, 45-36 wile also winning 23 of 41 faceoffs.

The Tigers committed 33 turnovers to Illinois Wesleyan's 27.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Alma.