Loncar and Flynn's Sparkling Debuts Not Quite Enough for DePaul
Aug 30, 2013
CHICAGO - In the beginning, everything was looking sunny and bright for DePaul on Friday.
But a second-half combination of dark storm clouds and giving up the lead sent the Blue Demons onto a 3-2 loss against Green Bay in their season opener at Wish Field.
Just one minute and 23 seconds into the new season, Brandon Loncar got his DePaul career off to a fast start with a bullet shot into the lower left of the Phoenix net after an assist from Michael Stankiewicz.
Jordan Dover retaliated for Green Bay when a Sam Krenzien pass set him up on the open side of the DePaul net in the 29th minute.
Green Bay rallied for two goals in less than two minutes early in the second half.
Krenzien hit a shot from the middle of the field from 20 yards out in the 48th minute to deadlock the match. In the 50th minute, Audi Jepson took a pass from Tyler Swanner and put away the game-winner.
With a little more than six minutes left in the match, lightning and thunder forced a suspension. More than an hour later, the storm forced officials to call the game.
"With a season opener come first-game jitters and learning lessons," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "It was encouraging that we were ahead 2-1 at halftime, and our offense did well in those first 45 minutes.
"Green Bay made plays in the second half, and it was disappointing that we allowed those two goals. But give our guys credit for battling back near the end and creating a number of good scoring opportunities. We gave ourselves a chance down the stretch.
"It's going to happen when chances like those turn into goals."
The Blue Demons return to Wish Field on Monday for a 1 p.m. Labor Day match against No. 19/22 Northwestern.
NOTES: For both Loncar and Flynn, it was their first collegiate goal and first collegiate points... Stankiewicz picked up the second assist of his career... Yesilli recorded the first assist and point of his NCAA career... Joe Brinckwirth led DePaul with three shots while Loncar had two... Brinckwirth, Loncar and Flynn each had a shot on goal... Green Bay outshot DePaul 10-8 and had a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.