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First MIAA Victory Eludes Women’s Lacrosse in 7-6 Loss to Albion

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Looking for its first MIAA victory as a varsity sport, the women’s lacrosse team hosted Albion Wednesday afternoon at Zuidema Field. Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Calvin could not hold on for the victory as Albion responded with five straight en route to a 7-6 Britons win. Calvin drops to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA while Albion moves to 5-4 and 2-0 in conference play. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will host the Thunder of Trine for an early afternoon contest. The conference match is slated to start at 1 p.m.

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeated by Adrian 16-2 in MIAA Opener

Saturday, April 06, 2013

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ADRIAN – The Calvin women’s lacrosse team dipped to 2-8 on the year and 0-1 in league play as the Knights dropped a 16-2 decision at Adrian Saturday afternoon. The game marked Calvin’s first-ever MIAA regular season game. Calvin trailed 13-1 at halftime. Adrian held a 31-5 shots at goal advantage.  Calvin’s goals were scored by sophomore Lisa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman Cory Remy (Zeeland/Zeeland East HS). Senior Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had seven saves in goal for the Knights. Calvin will host Albion next Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Women’s lacrosse defeats Loras 20-1 in first game at Zuidema Field

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Story by Mark DeHaan

The Calvin College women’s lacrosse team hosted the Loras College Duhawks on a beautiful Thursday afternoon for its first varsity lacrosse held on Calvin’s campus at Zuidema Field. The Knights took a commanding lead early, scored five goals in the opening five minutes en route to a 20-1 victory.  The Knights outshot the Duhawks 48-3 in the contest.  Forbes and Holwerda each scored four goals and had an assist to lead the Knights. Perragaux added three goals while sophomore Lissa Busscher and junior Mary Hoogstra chipped in two apiece. Five Knights tied with four groundballs in the contest. Kaitlyn Kutsch scored the lone goal for Loras, while goalkeeper Sam Schmidt made 12 saves for the Duhawks. Calvin improves to 2-6 on the season while Loras drops to 0-6. The Knights now look forward to next week Saturday when they will travel to Adrian for their first match of conference play. The game against the Bulldogs is slated to start at 1:00 p.m.

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeated by St. Vincent 20-8

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Latrobe, Pa. - The Calvin women’s lacrosse team dipped to 1-6 on the year with a 20-8 loss at St. Vincent College Saturday afternoon. Calvin trailed 12-3 at halftime and was outscored 8-5 in the second half. St. Vincent held a 42-24 shots at goal advantage including 26-9 in the first half. Senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) led Calvin offensively with four goals to bring her team-leading total to 17. Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marian HS) also had three goals while sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat (Princeport, Nova Scotia/Coequid Educational Centre) had one goal. Senior Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had 15 saves in nets for the Knights. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to cross-town rival Aquinas for a non-conference match scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeated by Randolph-Macon 18-5

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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ASHLAND, VA - Calvin suffered an 18-5 loss to Randolph-Macon College Tuesday afternoon. The Knights are now 1-5 on the year while Randolph-Macon improves to 5-1. Calvin trailed 12-2 at halftime and could not mount a comeback in the second half. Senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) led the Calvin attack with three goals - boosting her season total to 13. Junior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also scored goals for the Knights.Pranger and senior goalie Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) scooped up four ground balls apiece. Spoelstra also had six saves in goal. Randolph-Macon outshot Calvin 29-13 in the game. Calvin is back in action on Saturday when it travels to St. Vincent (Pa.) for a 1 p.m. non-conference match.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls at Notre Dame of Maryland 8-2

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Baltimore, MD - In an early morning contest, Calvin dropped an 8-2 decision to Notre Dame College of Maryland. Calvin trailed 7-0 at halftime and then came back to score a pair of second half goals.Scoring for the Knights were junior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS)). Holwerda is now second on the Calvin team in scoring with five goals while Busscher has three.Notre Dame (2-1) held a 17-14 shots at goal advantage although Calvin outshot the host school 12-3 in the second half. Junior Mary Hoogstra (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had eight ground balls for the Knights while senior goalkeeper Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had eight saves.Calvin (1-4) is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 4 p.m. match.

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Women’s Lacrosse edges Hope 10-9 to earn first varsity victory

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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CALEDONIA, Mich. - After narrowly missing out on its first victory in a quadruple overtime 11-10 loss to the College of Mount Saint Joseph last Sat., the Calvin women’s lacrosse team was not to be denied in a non-conference matchup with Hope on Thurs. evening.  The Knights held off a late run from the Flying Dutch, defeated their rival 10-9 to earn the program’s first win as a varsity sport.  Hope’s Maddie Ferguson led all scorers with five goals in defeat.  Katie Pranger scored four goals.  Nicole Perregaux added two goals while four different Knights netted one.  The Knights scooped up 18 ground balls and won 10 draw controls.  Calvin senior goalie Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian) was credited with 10 saves. 

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Alma 12-3 in Non-Conference Match

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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CALEDONIA - On an evening filled with snowflakes, the Calvin women’s lacrosse team dropped a 12-3 decision to Alma College at Davenport University’s Turf Field. Although the team was between two MIAA schools, it was an early non-conference game as the league season will not start for Calvin until April. Alma (5-1) led 8-0 at halftime, scoring five goals in a four-and-a-half minute flurry in the first half to take control. Calvin (0-3) later came back with three unanswered goals to close to within 10-3 in the second half but the Scots scored the final two tallies to seal the win. Senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year while senior Nicole Perregaux (Upton, MA/Nipmuc Regional) scored off a feed from freshman Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marian HS) while sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat (Princeport, Novia Scotia/Cobequid Educational Centre) scored unassisted.

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Calvin Holds MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings Lead

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.

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Women’s Lacrosse Drops 4OT Thriller at College of Mount St. Joseph

Saturday, March 09, 2013

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CINCINNATI, OH - The Calvin women’s lacrosse nearly pulled off its first victory as a varsity program on Saturday afternoon as the Knights fought valiantly before falling to the College of Mount St. Joseph 11-10 in quadruple overtime.The two teams were tied at nine through regulation, sending the contest into overtime. In the second overtime, Mount St. Joseph (1-0) took a 10-9 lead with 1:30 remaining but Calvin sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat (Princeport, Novia Scotia/Cobequid Educational Centre) answered with a game-tying goal thirty seconds later to tie the game at 10. The two teams battled through another overtime and-a-half before the host Lions netted the game-winner midway through the fourth overtime session.Senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) led the Calvin offensive attack with four goals while Blaauwendraat and junior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had two goals apiece. Sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and junior Christina Howell (Dexter/Washtenaw Christian Academy) had one goal apiece. Sophomore Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS) had a team-high three ground balls. Sophomore Charlsie Cole (Lansing/Lansing Waverly HS) and senior Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) split time in goal with Cole collecting one save and Spoelstra six saves.

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