Friday, September 06, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The Calvin men’s soccer team dropped another hard-fought contest on Friday, falling 3-2 to the nationally-ranked DuHawks of Loras College in a first round game of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raider Classic. A national semifinalist a year ago and ranked third nationally, Loras (3-0-0) took a 1-0 lead on a goal in the 39th minute of play. Calvin (0-3-0) was able to tie the game at one on a goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) in the 52nd minute with senior Ben Honeycutt (Grandville/South Christian HS) drawing an assist on the play. The Knights then suffered two bad breaks on long free kicks. The first came on an “own” goal as a Loras free kick was mistakenly headed backward into the Calvin goal by a Knight defender in the 60th minute. In the 68th minute, another long free kick was sent into the Calvin box. The free kick was not touched and subsequently took a hard bounce up and over Calvin goalkeeper Andrew Claucherty (Sterling Heights/Bishop Foley HS) and into the net to give the Duhawks a 3-1 lead. Calvin came back to within a goal at 3-2 as Vegter scored on an unassisted goal with 14 minutes left to play but the Knights could not score again. Calvin will take on Milwaukee School of Engineering in the consolation game on Saturday at noon.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
DELAWARE, OH Ė For the second straight day, the Calvin menís soccer team was unable to hold on to a second half lead as the Knights suffered a 4-2 defeat to Kenyon College on the second day of competition at a tournament hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Against Kenyon, Calvin grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of first half goals by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS). Vegter scored just 3:02 into the game off feeds from senior Zach Willis (Grandville/Unity Christian HS) and sophomore Taylor Pruis (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). He then scored unassisted on a 25-yard blast in the 30th minute of play. The second half proved to be a different tale however as the Lords of Kenyon exploded for four second half goals including three in a span of 16 minutes. Vegter and junior Reed Bowden (Uxbridge, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) were both named to the all-tournament team from Calvin. Calvin is back in action next Friday when it takes on Loras College in a tournament hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Friday, August 30, 2013
DELAWARE, OH - The Calvin men’s soccer team was forced to swallow a bitter pill on Friday evening as the Knights dropped a 2-1 decision to nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan. The game was part of a season-opening tournament hosted by Ohio Wesleyan. Calvin took a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Travis Vegter (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) in the 57th minute of play but the 21st-ranked Battling Bishops scored a pair of goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to pull out the win. Calvin will face Kenyon College on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan’s Roy Rike Field.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Defending champion Calvin has been chosen the preseason favorite to win the 2013 MIAA menís soccer championship.The Knights, who won the both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament last fall, edged out Hope in the preseason poll by one point, with both teams receiving three first-place votes. Kalamazoo, which was picked to finish third, received two first-place votes in the poll of the leagueís coaches. Olivet, which advanced to the championship game of the MIAA tournament last fall, was picked fourth, followed by Adrian, Alma, Trine and Albion. Calvin will open its season on August 30 at 2011 national champion Ohio Wesleyan University. Calvin’s opening conference game is slated for September 17 at home vs rival Hope at 4:30 p.m. Calvin has won at least a share of the last six MIAA regular season titles.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (3) 13 pts. 2. Hope (3) 14. 3. Kalamazoo (2) 21. 4. Olivet 22. 5. Adrian 32. 6. Alma 36. 7. Trine 39. 8. Albion 47.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
The Calvin College Menís soccer team enters the 2013 season having established very high standards for success. The team has won six consecutive regular season MIAA titles and also made the NCAA tournament six years in a row. There proved to be no drop-off during the 2012 season under the direction of new head coach Ryan Souders, and the Knights look to build off this foundation this year. Out of the 24 players listed on the varsity roster last year, 16 return for the 2013 campaign, including an impressive 11 players who have started for the team before.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).
Thursday, June 06, 2013
For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
By Mitch Blankespoor
Not many things keep Dan Nederhood off of the soccer field. During his career at Calvin, Nederhoed started 95 of 98 games wearing the maroon and gold. An injury at the start of his sophomore year held Nederhood out of a three-game trip to Rochester, N.Y. A graduate of East Kentwood (Mich.) High School, Nederhoed chose Calvin primarily because of the soccer program.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:
BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis
RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters
ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball
PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament
MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer
FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer
FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field
EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving
GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope
KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik
BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field
The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.