Men’s Lacrosse Closes Out Inaugural Season With 9-8 Loss to Elmhurst
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.
Junior Casey Harless opened up the scoring with 12:39 remaining the first quarter to take a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays responded with three straight goals before Harless netted his second of the game as the contest headed into the quarter break with Elmhurst leading 3-2.
The Knights tied up the game minutes into the second quarter as junior Jonathon VanderLaan beat the Elmhurst keeper to make the score 3-3.
Heading toward halftime, Elmhurst scored three goals and junior Tim Marco scored one for the Knights as the Blue Jays took a 6-4 lead into the halftime intermission.
Elmhurst took its largest lead out of the break at 7-4 on a goal less than a minute and a half into the third quarter.
Freshman DJ VanderBaan responded less than a minute later to cut into the Blue Jays lead, putting the game at 7-5.
Another goal by Elmhurst again saw the Knights in a three goal hole at 8-5. Calvin then went on a three goal run to tie up the game with 11:41 remaining in the game, with Marco, VanderLaan, and VanderBaan all scoring their second goals of the contest, respectively.
With 1:28 remaining, the Blue Jays were able to find a crease in the Calvin defense and put the ball into the back of the net to take the late 9-8 lead.
The Knights, able to take possession late, held the ball in Elmhurst’s defensive zone for the last half minute of the match, but unfortunately, were unable to get off a shot and the Blue Jays took the down-to-the-wire 9-8 victory.
Boer was 9-for-17 on faceoffs on the evening, while Sroczynski made eight saves and Wiersma led the team with 11 ground balls. VanderLaan, Marco, Harless, and VanderBaan each scored two goals for the Knights.
Tyler Dailey scored three while Alex Opyd added two goals and two assists for the Blue Jays.
“All the work, all the sacrifice, all the intangible stuff you put into the game is not evident out on the field by points in the game, and it’s no reflection on (the team), you put in a lot of work and sometimes you see the results much later, and I think where we’re going with this program is a good, strong direction,” said head coach Joel Kamstra. “We had a strong senior class. People don’t rave about the foundation, but it takes a good, strong foundation to get to the point so that other people can lay the next few layers on. Two-and-fourteen is not where we wanted to be when we set out on the season but we saw a lot of development, and we’re really proud of all the time these guys put in. Tomorrow starts our offseason and we’ll be ready to go next season.”
Calvin ends the year at 2-14 overall.