Tigers Trample Terriers in NCAC Opener
Hiram, Ohio- Grant Skipper's goal just seven seconds into Saturday's contest against Hiram set the tone for a record setting day for the Tigers who would smash the Terriers by a final score of 19-5.
DePauw improved to 3-3 overall and picked up their first North Coast Athletic Conference win in program history. With the loss Hiram dropped to 1-3 on the year and 0-1 in NCAC play.
The Tigers would net five goals in the first quarter led by Robert Lapp with two and Adam Bridges who added two assists. Ned Hartfiel scored on an assist from Bridges with 12:30 on the clock followed by the first of Lapp's first quarter goals on an assist from Sam Caravana.
Hiram did manage to score a first quarter goal with 6:19 left, but DePauw quickly answered with Lapp's goal on an assist from Bridges with 4:49 on the clock. Richard McGowan would cap the Tigers' first quarter scoring when he found the net on an assist from Sam Alkema with 3:42 left.
Up 5-1 after one, the Tigers drove the nail in the coffin in second quarter outscoring the Terriers 6-0. Bridges had three goals and Caravana added two goals, while Benton Givens tallied one goal. Lapp, Caravana, Bridges and Alkema all had assists in the second quarter.
Over the final two quarters DePauw would keep up the offensive pressure leading to a program record for most goals scored in a game with 19. John Zupancic, Hartfiel, Bridges, Alkema and Givens would all tally goals in the second half, while Alkema, McGowan and Bridges would provide assists.
In total, nine Tigers scored on the historic day and DePauw outshot Hiram 62-24. The Tigers held a 57-26 edge on ground balls and Skipper won 21-of-23 face-offs.
The one blunder, on an otherwise impressive day for the Tigers, was their 19 penalties for a total of 17:30 of penalty time. Hiram committed 13 penalties for 12:00 of penalty time.
DePauw is back in action Tuesday, March 25, when they travel to Whittier for a 7 p.m. showdown.