Monday, March 03, 2014
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin attacker Chris Griffin and Albion midfielder Cameron Clements its Players of the Week in men’s lacrosse for games played through March 1. Griffin is the Offensive Player of the Week while Clements is the Defensive Player of the Week. Griffin, a freshman from Howell (Hartland HS), set a Calvin school record with seven points, including four goals, in a 15-1 victory over Defiance, Ohio. He is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is also the first player in Calvin men’s lacrosse history to receive MIAA Player of the Week honors. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Elmhurst for a game slated to start at 2 p.m. (EST).
Sunday, March 02, 2014
DEFIANCE, OH – The Calvin men’s lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the young season and the third win in program history with a 15-1 win at Defiance College Saturday afternoon. The game marked Calvin’s largest margin of victory at the varsity level. Calvin led 5-0 at halftime, 8-1 after three quarters of play and then exploded for eight goals in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Freshman Chris Griffin (Howell/Hartland HS) led the charge with four goals and three assists, setting a Calvin single-game record for most points (7) in a game. Freshman Jake Hortsman (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) was also stellar in the middle, winning 10 of 15 face offs. Senior Casey Harless (Dewitt/Dewitt HS) had five saves in goal for the Knights. Calvin returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Elmhurst for a 2 p.m. (EST) game.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
LISLE, IL – Calvin dipped to 0-2 on the year with a 14-2 loss at Benedictine University Saturday afternoon.Benedictine led 6-0 at halftime and then outscored Calvin 6-0 in the third quarter to seal the win. Benedictine outshot Calvin 43-30. The Knights received goals from freshman Andrew Haan (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman Joel Schaefer (Clarksville, MD/Annapolis Area Christian HS). Haan and junior Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) were also credited with one assist apiece. Senior Casey Harless (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 15 saves in goal for the Knights. Sophomore Tyler DeKryger (Cadillac/Cadillac HS) scooped up 12 ground balls for Calvin while Schaefer was 3-for-6 on faceoff opportunities. Calvin will now prepare to face Defiance College next Saturday at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Grand Rapids but will now be played in Ohio because of more favorable field conditions.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
PONTIAC, Mich. - The Calvin men’s lacrosse team opened its 2014 campaign with a non-conference game against the Red Men of Carthage College Friday morning at the Pontiac Ultimate Soccer Arena. Calvin dropped Friday’s contest 23-1. Freshman Andrew Haan (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had the lone goal for the Knights. Calvin is back in action on February 22 when it travels to Benedictine (IL) for a 2 p.m. (EST) game.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The Calvin men’s lacrosse season will kick off on Saturday when the Knights take on Carthage College at 11 a.m. in Pontiac, Michigan. Under the direction of head coach Joel Kamstra, the youthful Knights are in their second year as a varsity program. A year ago Calvin finished 2-13 overall but is looking for improvement in 2014. The Calvin Sports Information Office caught up with Kamstra earlier this week and produced an interview that previews the upcoming season. The interview with Kamstra can be found online at: Joel Kamstra Preseason Men’s Lacrosse Audio Interview
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Calvin men’s lacrosse team has been picked to finish sixth in the MIAA preseason lacrosse poll conducted by the league coaches. Calvin and Alma share sixth place in the poll with 33 points each. Defending league champion Adrian is the preseason pick to win the league. The Bulldogs received six first place votes. A year ago, Calvin finished 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the MIAA. Calvin is scheduled to open its 2014 campaign on February 7 when it competes against Carthage in a non-conference game in Pontiac, Michigan. Calvin will open its MIAA schedule on April 2 when it travels to Adrian for a 7 p.m. game.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Adrian (6) 6 pts. 2. Albion (1) 11. 3. Trine 17. 4. Hope 21. 5. Olivet 26. T6. Alma 33. T6. Calvin 33.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.
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.
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.