First MIAA Victory Eludes Women’s Lacrosse in 7-6 Loss to Albion
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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 sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat opened up the scoring just over five minutes into the match. Two more goals, one from senior Nicole Perregaux and another from freshman Carolyn Forbes, put the Knights up 3-0 ten minutes into the contest.
The Britons then locked down on defense, turning to forward Ashley Glenn to bring them back. After nearly ten scoreless minutes, Glenn scored her first goal of the game with ten minutes remaining in the first half.
Glenn added two more goals in those final ten minutes as Albion tied the game at 3-3 heading into the break.
Picking up where she left off, Glenn scored the first two goals of the second half for Albion to bring her unanswered goal streak to five and give the Britons a 5-3 advantage.
With 12:10 remaining in the game, Forbes responded for Calvin to cut the Albion edge to 5-4.
The Britons then spaced themselves from the Knights as Mackenzie Novak scored a goal and assisted on another as Albion took a 7-4 lead with just under five minutes to go.
Again answering for Calvin was Carolyn Forbes. Forbes scored a pair of goals within a minute to bring the score to 7-6 in Albion’s favor with just over two minutes left in the game.
Unfortunately for Calvin, Albion won the ensuing face-off, and using possession and clean passing, the Britons ran down the clock and claimed the hard-fought 7-6 victory.
The Knights outshot Albion 24-13 on the game. Calvin also had a 19-14 advantage in groundballs and an 11-4 edge in face-offs.
Forbes led Calvin on offense with four goals and an assist. Blaauwendraat and Perregaux each had one goal for the Knights.
For Albion, Glenn scored five goals, while Novak added one goal and three assist and Julie Wood had a goal and an assist.
I kind of wish we hadn’t had the (offensive) lull in the first half, that was really the determining factor in this game, said head coach Blake Boehm. We let them get back into the game, and that’s a tough pill to swallow because between that and some inaccurate shooting it could have been a different story.
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.