DePauw opens volleyball, men's soccer seasons with win; field hockey falls to Earlham

Thursday, September 2, 2021

DePauw blanked Franklin, 3-0, in Neal Fieldhouse in the opening match of the 2021 season for both teams.

In the opening set, DePauw trailed briefly before gaining as much as a 13-6 lead. Franklin battled back to take a 20-19 advantage, but the Tigers outscored the guests 6-3 down the stretch for a 25-23 victory.

The Tigers trailed the Grizzlies, 13-9, in the second set but put together a 6-1 run to take the lead for good on the way to a 25-19 win. Franklin scored the first six points of the third set before DePauw started to chip away and tied the set at 7-7. The Grizzlies scored the next two for a 9-7 lead, but DePauw never trailed after scoring five straight points at the beginning of a 13-2 stretch and a 25-20 third-set win.

Elise Monroe had eight of DePauw’s 28 kills and Grace Filbrun had eight of the Tigers’ 24 assists. Miranda Wilson paced Franklin with 10 kills and Billie Jarrett led with 32 of the team’s 40 saves. DePauw outhit the Grizzlies, .125-.051.

Katie Gansle led DePauw with three service aces, while Jenna Purichia had 14 digs. DePauw had 18 block assists paced by Lauren Ridgway’s six. Wilson led Franklin with 15 digs and Chole Holder had three block assists.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, September 4, when it hosts Anderson at 11 a.m. and Defiance at 3 p.m.

Outdoors, the DePauw University field hockey team fell 2-1 in a nail-biting home opener loss to the Earlham College Quakers.

From the start, both the Tigers and the Quakers played with a tenacity to get on the board first.

DePauw secured the first goal of the 2021 season, following a settled penalty corner by Sarah Goff, who then found Allison Quackenbush to score.

The Tigers held onto its lead across two periods however, in the 24th minute of play, the Quakers crashed the circle and slipped a goal just past the DePauw backline and goalkeeper Allie Duranceau tying the game at 1-1.

Making her college debut with just two minutes left in the second quarter, first-year Scarlett Oaks entered the game in goal. Though the Tigers did give up a second goal just before the half, DePauw managed to keep Earlham at bay despite being outshot 7-1 in the second half.

Oaks would finish the night with six saves and faced six penalty corners throughout the second half.

Joining Oaks with some key defensive stops were Libby Hennelly and Christina Bourantas, both in and out of the circle.

The Tigers face Rhodes this Sunday, September 5, at Noon EDT back in Reavis Stadium.

On the road to start the season, the DePauw University men’s soccer team shut out the Anderson University Ravens 6-0 in its first game of the 2021 season.

The Tigers scored early and often across the 90-minute matchup. Putting in the first goal was Sam Thiel, who found the back of the net after controlling a pass from Ben Weidner.

Just 13 minutes later, Jacob Fowler connected with Joel Thompkins to put the Tigers up 2-0 before the half.

In the second half, the Tigers outshot the Ravens 11-5 and tallied four unassisted goals by Weidner; off a penalty kick, Thompkins scored his second of the evening, followed by back-to-back goals by Chase Brieger within just 27 seconds of each other.

DePauw finished the night with four different scorers, 17 total shots, and three corners; while holding Anderson to just seven shots on goal across regulation.

The Tigers continue to play on the road this Friday, September 3, against Mt. St. Joseph in the Wilmington College Kiwanis Classic at Mt. St. Joseph. Game time is set for 7 pm EDT.