DePauw Battles Back Against Poets before Losing

DePauw Battles Back Against Poets before Losing

Whittier, Calif. - DePauw fell behind by seven goals in the opening half at Whittier, but responded with six straight goals to close to within one, but the Poets outscored the Tigers 5-2 over the final 15 minutes for a 15-11 victory. DePauw dropped to 1-8, while Whittier improved to 3-8.

The Tigers led briefly at 2-1 following goals by Erica Rapelje and Caleigh Ranjo over a 23-second span, but Whittier scored eight straight to gain a 9-2 advantage. The teams exchanged goals before Sophie Hensley scored two and Tori Salanty one to cut the lead to 10-6 at halftime.

Sarah Ramsey, Rapelje and Ellie Strauch scored to open the second half to close the gap to 10-9, but Whittier scored four straight including three in a span of 49 seconds. 

Ramsey scored twice in 37 seconds to cut the margin to 14-11 with 7:14 left, but that would wrap up the Tigers' scoring.

Ramsey paced DePauw with four goals, while Rapelje and Hensley each added two. Kate Flynn led with three assists. Lexie Meanor paced the Poets with four goals and Emily Hansen followed with three. Gabby Boller led the way with three assists.

Kathryn Hopkins stopped 10 Whittier shots in goal, while Madison Topping finished with 10 saves for Whittier.

Whittier held a 30-24 edge in shots including 25-21 on goal. Whittier led in draw controls, 16-10, as Hansen and Noelle Tamas each had five. Ranjo totaled four for the Tigers.

The Poets also held a 26-21 edge in ground balls as Strauch and Hopins had three each for the Tigers while Meanor, Hansen and Topping each totaled four for Whittier.

DePauw returns to North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday, January 31, with a Noon game at Hiram.