The College of Wooster overcame a slow start and took control during the second half, outscoring DePauw University 5-1, for a 9-6 win in North Coast Athletic Conference women's lacrosse action Saturday at Greencastle, Ind.
With the victory, Wooster (10-4, 3-3 NCAC) remains in contention for a berth into the four-team NCAC Tournament heading into the final week of the regular season.
DePauw (5-9, 3-3 NCAC) jumped out to a surprising 5-2 lead through 25 minutes of play, then the Fighting Scots closed the first half strong and dominated the second. Ellie Hudson-Heck converted a free-position attempt 4:36 before halftime and netted another goal during an extra-man opportunity at the 1:43 mark as the visitors closed within one.
Hudson-Heck continued her personal scoring barrage with an unassisted tally 4:56 into the second to tie the game 5-5, and about six minutes later, Heather Szymanski gave Wooster its first lead of the day via a free-position goal.
The Tigers tied it back up, only to see Szymanski strike again with another go-ahead score with 12:42 left in regulation. Hudson-Heck helped clinch the outcome with two more goals, the first assisted by Heather Honn.
All of the Scots' goals came from three players – the five from Hudson-Heck, plus two apiece by Abby Szlachta and Szymanski. In addition to Honn's assist, Szymanski and Jamie Wren-Jarvis each delivered a helper.
Another key to the win was Isabel Perman's nine-save effort, which included five stops during the second when DePauw managed just one goal.
On Wednesday evening, Wooster faces off against rival Wittenberg University (10-3, 4-2 NCAC) in what will be the Fighting Scots' final home game of the season.