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Tigers Make History; Lose to Wilmington 8-6  

February 23, 2013

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Wilmington, Ohio – The DePauw men’s lacrosse squad went to new heights early this afternoon after they played their first match as a varsity sport, an 8-6 loss at the hands of Wilmington College on February 23 at Williams Stadium in Wilmington, Ohio.

After the inaugural game for both squads, DePauw dropped to 0-1, while the Quakers moved to 1-0.

The goal that will go down in DePauw program history came at the 9:02 mark of the first quarter when junior attacker, Sam Johnson broke free and scooped the ball in the back of the net, giving the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.

Wilmington would take a 2-1 lead from  the Tigers after two goals a mere three minutes apart, the first from Corey Stevens at 8:46 and the go-ahead goal at 5:54 from Kirby Dearth.

DePauw’s Johnson wasn’t done yet as you corralled a brilliant pass from Austin Schile a few moments into the second stanza and once again found the twine, knotting the match at two with 11:29 to play in the half.

The Quakers would take back the lead while on a man advantage just 64 seconds later from a shot from Alex Gossard to put Wilmington up 3-2.

Sophomore attacker Pierce Ellinwood and the Tigers came out of the locker room ready to roll in the second half. Ellinwood scored the equalizer off a pass from Nick Lucca at 13:19 to bring the score to 3-3.

For the next few minutes the match went back and forth through the field, Ellinwood then found some room in the Quakers defense and netted his second goal of the match to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.

DePauw’s offense would be squelched by the Quakers backline over the next 15 minutes of play, and Wilmington took advantage, netting three goals in that span. Jalen Jackson tied up the match with an unassisted tally at 1:55 of third quarter. Wilmington would take the lead for good after Dearth collected a pass from Jackson and netted his second goal of the game to put the Quakers up, 5-4.

Heading into the final quarter, DePauw trailed by a goal, 5-4. Unfortunately, there was no stopping Dearth as he slotted his third goal of the afternoon to put the Tigers in a 6-4 hole with just 9:20 remaining in the game.

Trailing by a pair, DePauw would not go away as freshman Andrew Bartucci scored off an Ellinwood pass to cut the deficit in half.

DePauw’s chances would come to an end after back-to-back goals by Wilmington’s Evan Osborne  and Gossard that made the score 8-5.  With just 3:22 remaining in both programs inaugural match.

DePauw’s Johnson would finish the scoring, tallying the hat trick after scoring his third goal off a pass from Chris Deaver with 48 seconds left in the game.

Wilmington’s Ian Hamilton registered the win after tallying 11 saves, while the DePauw’s JR Strubbe collected nine saves in the loss.

Both squads received four penalties in the match for a total of 3:30 in penalty time.

DePauw collected 12 faceoffs to Wilmington’s six during the match.

The Tigers return to action on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. as they travel to Elmhurst, Ill. to face Elmhurst.

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