Milner Scores Hat Trick, Tigers Advance to NCAC Championship Game

Milner Scores Hat Trick, Tigers Advance to NCAC Championship Game

Freshman Kate Milner put herself in a position to score three times and led the DePauw field hockey team to a 5-2 win over Wittenberg in the NCAC tournament semifinal game.

Milner sits at 15 goals on the season after scoring in the 13th minute of the first half and in the 55th and 64th minutes of the second half. Senior Addie Ball assisted on the first two, and Milner scored on a rebound for her final goal.

Paige Berliner got things rolling with her team-high 20th goal of the season only just nine minutes into the game. Milner was on the assist.

Wittenberg cut a two goal lead to one in the 19th minute via a goal by Fleur Vaandrager, but DePauw made it a 3-1 game when Grace Waldman deflected a shot attempt in by Reilly Bruce, who was credited with the assist. Waldman also recorded a defensive save in the second half.

The second half was more of the same from the Tigers with Milner's final two goals. Wittenberg's Audrey Coler closed the scoring with her 10th goal of the year.

DePauw outshot Wittenberg 17-16 but took fewer penalty corners at 8-3. Sarah Foye made one save in the win.

The No. 1 seeded Tigers improve to 17-3 overall, while Wittenberg concludes their season at 10-9.

The Tigers will face Kenyon at 2 p.m. in the championship game Saturday at Reavis Stadium. Kenyon upset second-seeded Denison 2-1 in overtime Wednesday afternoon. Kenyon and DePauw split their regular season games.