Men’s Lacrosse Defeated by Beloit 16-8 in Home Opener at Zuidema Field
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Calvin men’s lacrosse hosted the Buccaneers of Beloit College Saturday afternoon at Zuidema Field. A strong first three quarters saw the Knights in a position to make a run at the game late, but Beloit played strong defense in the fourth and increased their lead en route to a 16-8 victory over Calvin.
The Buccaneers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Jacob Pritscher.
Calvin freshman D.J. VanderBaan answered with a goal with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter.
By the end of the period, Beloit held a 4-1 lead.
In the second quarter, the Buccaneers extended their lead as Aidan Whinnery scored a goal and assisted on another to bring the score to 6-1 by halftime.
After the break, the Knights came alive and began to apply pressure to Beloit’s net. Sophomore Tim Marco began the scoring. On a cut through the middle, Marco was found on a pass from VanderBaan and quickly put the ball into the back of the net to bring the score to 6-2.
Senior Greg Boer then scored on an assist from junior Casey Harless and Tim Marco added his second goal of the period to cut the Buccaneers lead to 6-4. The teams then traded a goal to bring the score to 7-5.
Beloit added two more goals and VanderBaan responded with one for Calvin to bring the score to 9-6 in favor of the Buccaneers heading into the fourth quarter.
With a short bench, the Knights began to feel the effect of the long game at the beginning of the fourth when Beloit began to pull away. The Buccaneers scored the first goal of the quarter less than 30 seconds in. Marco responded to cut Beloit’s lead to 10-7.
The Buccaneers then scored six straight, two goals from Ryan Hazuka and two assists from Pritscher to put the game out of reach. Calvin scored the last goal of the contest as Marco connected with Harless who buried it in the back of the net with 1:46 remaining. The game ended with the final score in Beloit’s favor, 16-8. The Buccaneers outscored the Knights 7-2 in the final period.
Marco led Calvin on offense with three goals and an assist while VanderBaan and Harless added two and Boer had one. Whinnery led Beloit with four goals and three assists while Hazuka added three goals and one assist and four other Buccaneers chipped in two goals. Beloit built a 34-25 shots advantage throughout the game while also winning 18-of-26 faceoffs.
“We’re starting to really come together as a unit. Some of the issues of having a new team and having a handful of guys that have never played the sport before is getting them to understand the nature of the game” said head coach Joel Kamstra. “We had real good glimpses of solid offense and solid defense, and our special teams are coming along which were really helpful for us today. We didn’t win a whole lot of draws but we’re working on all that stuff each week and I think we’re laying a really good base as we head into conference play next week.”
Calvin is now 1-7 on the year, while Beloit moves to 3-6.
The Knights now look forward to next week Saturday when they will host the Bulldogs of Adrian for their first varsity lacrosse MIAA contest. The game is slated to start at 1 p.m.