Men’s Lacrosse Drops 18-5 Decision to Hope in Non-Conference Game
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The first meeting of the Rivalry in men’s varsity lacrosse took place Wednesday evening at Davenport’s Turf Field. Hope opened up the game with six unanswered goals before the Knights first scored. The Flying Dutchmen continued to pull away on their way to an 18-5 victory.
Hope struck first as senior captain Josh Kamstra scored less than a minute into the contest. The Flying Dutchmen continued to pull away in the opening minutes as they opened their lead to 6-0 on a goal from Peter Stuckey with 6:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Freshman D.J. VanderBaan scored the first goal of the game for the Knights with 5:21 remaining in the first quarter. VanderBaan added a second goal with 2:22 remaining to cut Hope’s lead to 6-2.
The Flying Dutch put two more goals in before the end of the quarter to take an 8-2 lead.
Hope scored three goals out of the intermission before Tim Marco answered for Calvin to bring the score to 11-3.
The teams then traded goals the remainder of the half, Calvin’s VanderBaan adding two more to his game total as the teams headed into halftime with Hope leading 13-5.
The Flying Dutch held a 24-9 shots advantage at halftime while winning 12-of-20 face-offs.
Hope’s Nicolas Raycraft opened the scoring in the second half with a goal with 12:15 remaining in the third quarter. Osterink added another Flying Dutch goal with 6:36 remaining to go up 15-5. The teams headed into the fourth quarter with that 15-5 score.
Hope scored two goals out of the intermission before play was halted by the stadium lights turning off with 8:46 remaining in the game.
In the final 8:46, the Flying Dutch added one final goal and the Knights could not respond as the game ended in an 18-5 Hope victory.
VanderBaan scored four goals for Calvin. Senior goalie Drew Sroczynski made 12 saves.
Hope was led by Kamstra, who scored 4 goals. Niko Pagkanlungan added 3 goals and 4 assists while Stuckey chipped in 3 goals and 3 assists and Raycraft 3 goals.
The Flying Dutchmen outshot Calvin 48-20 while holding a 25-20 advantage in ground balls and winning 17-of-27 face-offs.
“It was a good opportunity to get out here for the first time we play (Hope) this season. Definitely not the result that we’d like to see here but I thought we played tough,” said head coach Joel Kamstra.
“Offensively, we played really well and got some goals from guys who don’t typically score goals. Defensively, we started to change some things that weren’t working for us and we’re going to go back to practice and play some games on spring break and see if we can’t correct it and get some better results in the future.”
Calvin now looks forward to next week Wednesday when it will travel to Augustana to face the Vikings with face-off scheduled 7 p.m. central time.