RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College field hockey team got within one goal of DePauw University on two occasions, but the Quakers' comeback fell just short in a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Tigers in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season finale for both teams on Saturday.
Kate Milner scored the only goal of the first half using a pass from Cathy Zesiger in the 21st minute. DePauw doubled its lead midway through the second half as Reilly Bruce found Paige Berliner at the 53:52 mark.
Trailing 2-0, the Quakers could have packed it in, but Maite Turlings found Megan Hut with under 10 minutes to play. Hut fired a low shot off the far post and in for her ninth goal of the season. Two minutes later, Berliner netted her second goal of the game in the 64th minute.
The Hut-Turlings connection found the back of the net for the second time this season with under a minute to play to get Earlham within a single goal, but the Quakers ran out of time to score the potential game-tying goal. The goal was Hut's 10th of the season and 34th of her career.
DePauw outshot Earlham 19-7 in the contest as well as holding a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Camille van der Vaart took the loss for the Quakers despite making seven saves in the game. Hut took six of the Quakers' seven shots with Turlings, who also earned a defensive save, fired the other shot.
Earlham finishes its 2017 season with a 6-10 record including a 5-9 mark in NCAC competition. The 2017 campaign marks the fifth time since the 1993 campaign that the Quakers have won six contests in a season.