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.
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.
Monday, April 29, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The inaugural season of Calvin men’s varsity lacrosse came to a close Monday night as the Knights hosted the Blue Jays of Elmhurst. Monday night was also senior night as Calvin honored seniors Greg Boer, Drew Sroczynski, and Adam Wiersma. The Knights played strong all game long, but with the game tied late, allowed a goal by Elmhurst that turned out to be the game-winner as the Blue Jays claimed a 9-8 win. Calvin had an opportunity to tie in the final minute but could not capitalize, and the Knights rounded out their season 2-14 overall.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Knights hosted Olivet at Zuidema Field on Saturday for each team’s final MIAA contest. Unfortunately for Calvin, Olivet opened the game with an 8-0 run and the Knights could not recover as the Comets coasted to a 20-7 victory. Freshman D.J. VanderBaan led the Knights on offense with four goals while Tim Marco scored a goal and added two assists.The Knights now look forward to the final game of their regular season Monday night. Calvin will host Elmhurst in a non-conference matchup, with the game scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo by Dan Vos
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s lacrosse team traveled to Van Andel Stadium Wed. evening for an MIAA game against rival Hope. The Flying Dutchmen outscored the Knights 7-1 in the first quarter, and coasted to a 20-5 victory. Calvin was led in scoring by a pair of Grand Rapids Christian graduates. Sophomore Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored a goal in the third and fourth quarter while sophomore Jonathan VanderLaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored the game’s final two goals. They came at the 7:14 mark and 6:48 mark of the fourth quarter. Calvin was outshot 53-19 in the contest including 26-9 in the first half. Calvin senior goalkeeper Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian) was credited with 10 saves. Calvin’s biggest undoing, perhaps, came in the faceoff circle. The Knights won just three of 28 faceoffs, and did not win their first until midway through the third quarter. Hope outgained Calvin in ground balls, scooping up 51 compared to Calvin’s 25. Both teams cleared at a decent percentage. Calvin converted 16 of 25 attempts while Hope was 13-17. Calvin falls to 2-11 on the season and 1-4 in MIAA play. With the loss, Calvin is mathematically eliminated from MIAA Tournament contention. Calvin returns to action Sat., Apr.27, when it hosts the Comets of Olivet College.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Hosting the Scots of Alma for a Saturday afternoon conference matchup, the Calvin Knights earned a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory to pick up the first MIAA victory in program history.Alma scored the first goal under five minutes into the game to take the lead. With 1:59 remaining in the first, junior Tim Marco responded for Calvin by scoring a goal on the end of a wrap-around run from behind the net to tie the game at 1-1. In the second quarter, both teams played strong defense as each squad withstood two man-down opportunities to keep the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the half. A scoreless third quarter then set up an exciting final period of regulation for both teams. In the fourth quarter, senior goalkeeper Drew Sroczynski played an important role in keeping Calvin in the game despite an onslaught of Alma shots. Sroczynski recorded all four of his saves in the game in the fourth quarter. The seesaw battle continued with 2:53 remaining as Calvin took the 2-1 lead on another goal from Marco. Marco’s goal ended a scoreless drought of almost 45 minutes in the game.The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they travel to Holland to face the rival Flying Dutchmen of Hope College as part of a women’s-men’s lacrosse doubleheader.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
ANGOLA, IN – The Calvin men’s lacrosse team suffered an 18-1 defeat at Trine on Saturday. The Knights are now 1-10 overall and 0-3 in the MIAA. Calvin trailed 8-0 at halftime and 13-0 after three periods. Calvin’s lone goal was scored by freshman D.J. VanderBaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) – his team-leading 12th of the season. Freshman Tyler DeKryger (Cadillac/Cadillac HS) and sophomore Luke Bosscher (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) scooped up six ground balls apiece. DeKryger’s scrappy play also caused six turnovers. Senior goalie Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) was credited with 13 saves in defeat. Calvin is back in action on April 20 when it hosts Alma in a 1 p.m. conference game.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out. On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a “Year in Review” video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.
Don’t miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ALBION, MI - Looking for its first MIAA win in program history, the Calvin men’s lacrosse team traveled to Albion for a game against the Britons. Both teams braved the cold weather conditions as the host Britons sent the Knights back to Grand Rapids with a 22-1 loss. Albion sophomore Joel Hedemark (Chesterfield/Leanse Creuse North) scored the game’s first goal at the 9:25 mark of the first quarter. The Britons would add four more goals in the first quarter en route to a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. The second quarter did not go much better for the Knights. Albion complied 11 goals in the quarter while outshooting Calvin 17-0. The Britons scooped up 21 ground balls compared to four for the Knights. Albion won nine of 12 faceoffs in the quarter. Calvin’s lone goal came in the third quarter. Sophomore Jonathan VanderLaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored with 3:58 remaining in the quarter on a pass from junior Casey Harless (DeWitt/DeWitt HS). The Knights couldn’t muster another goal, and watched the Britons score three goals in third quarter as well as the fourth. Calvin was outshot 46-6 in the contest, and earned 19 ground balls compared to Albion’s 60. Calvin senior goalie Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian) was credited with 10 saves. Calvin, 1-9, 0-2 MIAA, returns to action Sat., Apr. 13, when it travels to Angola, Ind., to face the Thunder of Trine University. The game is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. EST.
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