Men’s Lacrosse Drops MIAA Finale to Olivet 20-7 - Will Host Elmhurst Monday
Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Knights hosted Olivet at Zuidema Field on Saturday for each team’s final MIAA contest. Unfortunately for Calvin, Olivet opened the game with an 8-0 run and the Knights could not recover as the Comets coasted to a 20-7 victory.
The Knights were held scoreless over the first quarter of the game, with Olivet building a 6-0 lead by the first quarter break.
After two Comet goals early in the second, freshman DJ VanderBaan struck first for Calvin, scoring a goal with 11:15 remaining in the period to bring the score to 8-1. After another pair of Olivet goals, VanderBaan scored his second of the match and junior Tim Marco added another as the game headed into halftime with the Comets ahead 10-3.
VanderBaan then scored his third goal of the contest to open up the scoring in the second half to cut the Olivet lead to 10-4.
The Comets responded with three more goals before junior Casey Harless cut into the Olivet lead, now eight at 13-5.
The Comets then scored five straight goals to put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter before junior Jonathon VanderLaan and VanderBaan scored back-to-back goals to bring the score to 18-7.
Olivet scored the final two goals of the match to round out the scoring at 20-7.
VanderBaan led the Knights on offense with four goals while Tim Marco scored a goal and added two assists.
For Olivet, Jack Ranson and Cameron Bazin each scored five while James Collins and Dakota Badder chipped in three apiece.
“It took us a while for us to adjust, and they lit it up on us to come out,” said head coach Joel Kamstra. “We made those adjustments on the defensive side of the field mostly, coming into the second quarter and we played them pretty even. I think Greg (Boer) and Casey (Harless) played well at the draws for us. We had probably the longest offensive possessions we’ve had all season long, guys are seeing that it’s really helpful to slow the ball down, work it around and get into our sets. Obviously not the outcome we wanted, but we’ll rest up tomorrow and get ready to take it to Elmhurst on Monday with Senior Day.”
With the loss, Calvin drops to 2-12 and 1-5 in the MIAA while Olivet is now 9-7 overall and 2-4 in conference.
The Knights now look forward to the final game of their regular season Monday night. Calvin will host Elmhurst in a non-conference matchup, with the game scheduled to start at 6 p.m.