Women's lacrosse comeback falls just short against Kenyon

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 Sophomores Nicole Gibson and Maryclaire Heldring
fight Kenyon defenders for a ground ball.
DePauw fell to the Lords 10-17 in the home finale on Saturday.
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DePauw University's women’s lacrosse team closed out the home portion of their schedule on Saturday afternoon, falling 17-10 to Kenyon College.

The loss drops the Tigers to 6-8 on the season and 2-4 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. While the win by the Ladies moves Kenyon to 8-4 and back to .500 at 3-3 inside the NCAC.

The Tigers got off to a good start, however, sophomore Emilye Denny scored for DePauw just 13 seconds into the game off of an assist from first-year Emma Flynn.

The Ladies scored the game’s next two goals to retake the lead at 2-1. Senior Cary Kunz tied the game for the Tigers with a goal at 23:49 of the first half. The two teams would each score two goals over the span of five minutes to tie the score at four with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half.

Kenyon would go on to score four of the half’s final five goals to take an 8-5 lead into halftime. When the second half resumed, the Ladies made sure it was not a lead that they would relinquish.

The Ladies widened the lead to five, scoring the first two goals of the second half to make the score 10-5.

After swapping goals, the Tigers made a final attempt to pull off a comeback and get back into the game. Sophomore Taylor Summers closed the gap to four with 15:53 to play in the game. Her goal was quickly followed up with one from first-year Marisa Ellison making it a three goal game. The comeback continued when sophomore Nicole Gibson found the back of the net with 13:10 to play to make the score 11-9 in favor of the Ladies.

Kenyon quickly replied with a goal of their own to halt the Tigers torrent pace, but Flynn quickly added a goal for DePauw to pull back within two.

Having seen their once large lead nearly evaporate, the Ladies defense locked the Tigers down for the final 10 minutes. DePauw was held scoreless over the final 10:20 of play, while Kenyon closed out the game scoring the final five goals to round out the scoring at 17-10.

Denny and Gibson both led DePauw in goals with two each. Katherine Englert led the way for the Ladies, finding the back of the net five times on the afternoon.

The Tigers finish up regular season play with a matchup at Denison University on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Allegheny College on Saturday at 11 a.m.