GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Earlham College field hockey's early two-goal lead could not withstand the rally effort from DePauw University, and the Quakers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Tigers on Tuesday night at Reavis Stadium.
The loss dropped Earlham's record to 9-9 overall, 3-4 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, and dashed the Quakers' hopes for a winner-take-all matchup with Wittenberg University on Friday night for the fourth and final spot in next week's NCAC Tournament.
DePauw improved to 10-8 overall and claimed the no. 4 seed for the tournament with a 5-3 conference record.
Earlham got on the board at the 9:20 mark of the opening quarter when sophomore Molly McKellar beat DePauw goalie Allie Duranceau to put the Quakers up, 1-0. First year Guin Schalck was credited with an assist on the score.
Junior Sofia Salvatore extended the Quakers' lead to 2-0 with an unassisted goal just 1:23 into the second quarter. With the clock ticking down at the end of the second quarter, DePauw cut the margin to 2-1 on Kate Milner's score from Maddie DeAscentis with 1:51 remaining in the frame.
Earlham held its 2-1 advantage until the 3:02 mark of the third quarter when Alexa Steil struck for the Tigers to knot the game at 2-2. DePauw found the go-ahead score with 12:31 remaining in the fourth quarter on Milner's second goal of the game, off an assist by Kelsey Doerr.
The Tigers' defensive unit kept the Quakers locked down the rest of the way, not allowing a single shot on Duranceau in the final quarter. DePauw finished the game with a 15-8 advantage in total shots, and a 7-1 lead in penalty corner opportunities.
Goalie Meg Murphy recorded two saves in the Earlham cage, while first-years Hannah Grushon, Alyssa Johnson, Makenzie Handley, and Karina Steitz each recorded one defensive save. Duranceau charted five saves in the DePauw goal.
Earlham completes its 2019 season on Friday, Nov. 2, at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Game time is 6:00 p.m. A win would give the Quakers their first 10-win season since 1991.