Large first-half deficit too large for DePauw University women's lacrosse to overcome against Big Red

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DePauw University women’s lacrosse traveled to Granville, Ohio on Wednesday evening to face Denison University. After 86 minutes of competitive play the Tigers fell to the Big Red by a final score of 15-4.

“It was hard because Denison has had a program for many, many years and are a very good and fast team,” first-year Emma Flynn said. “Our defense had some really difficult plays they’d never seen before. They’re just a great team, and deserve a lot of credit.”

The Tigers went scoreless until 8:06 was left in the first half when sophomore Taylor Summers put one up on the board making the score 8-1 going into intermission. Stepping onto the field for the remaining half of the game Denison led off with five more goals to widen the margin to 13-1.

DePauw wasn’t going to let the Big Red defeat them by that big of a margin though. The Tigers came back and put three more goals in the back of the net to a final shot count of four. Flynn, junior Elizabeth McCracken and sophomore Nicole Gibson all scored for the Tigers.

First-year goalie Liz Hawkins totaled 13 saves for the Tigers and sophomore Emily Scinta dominated on groundballs picking up four.

The Tigers played a tough defense, however, the Denison offense was able to break through them.

“They were very fast and had a lot of great shots,” sophomore Annie Barrett said. “Denison’s a tough team and we couldn’t play as well as we’d hoped.”

The Tigers played mostly a defensive game, but the women were still able to work the ball around and up the field.

“We played a really great transition game yesterday, and did a lot of good movement on offense,” Flynn said. “Also, our defense played very well despite the score, they had great stops and quick slides, ending with great stops from Liz Hawkins.”

After playing the Big Red, DePauw saw their overall record drop to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The Tigers will have their last chance to add another win to their record on Saturday against Alleghany College in Pennsylvania.

“We are really looking to end our season on a high note, and play a great last game for our seniors,” Flynn said. “It’ll be really fun just to play together and have fun playing the sport we all love.