Men’s Lacrosse Picks Up Overtime Victory Over Alma for First-Ever Conference Win
Saturday, April 20, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Hosting the Scots of Alma for a Saturday afternoon conference matchup, the Calvin Knights earned a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory to pick up the first MIAA victory in program history.
Alma scored the first goal under five minutes into the game to take the lead. With 1:59 remaining in the first, junior Tim Marco responded for Calvin by scoring a goal on the end of a wrap-around run from behind the net to tie the game at 1-1.
In the second quarter, both teams played strong defense as each squad withstood two man-down opportunities to keep the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the half.
A scoreless third quarter then set up an exciting final period of regulation for both teams.
In the fourth quarter, senior goalkeeper Drew Sroczynski played an important role in keeping Calvin in the game despite an onslaught of Alma shots. Sroczynski recorded all four of his saves in the game in the fourth quarter.
The seesaw battle continued with 2:53 remaining as Calvin took the 2-1 lead on another goal from Marco. Marco’s goal ended a scoreless drought of almost 45 minutes in the game.
Despite a momentum shift in the Knights’ favor, the Scots picked up their intensity, and just 32 seconds later, tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Tyler Bennett. The final two minutes ran off the clock and the teams headed into overtime.
Alma won the opening face-off of the extra period, but the possession ended in a shot which sailed high. After a Calvin turnover, strong defense by the Knights ended an Alma possession in a turnover which led to a man-up counterattack for the Knights.
Taking the ball up through the midfield, freshman Brandon Pott drew a defender before passing off to junior Casey Harless. Wide open with a clear look at net, Harless ripped a shot toward the back post which found net and gave the Knights a walk-off, sudden-death 3-2 overtime victory.
Calvin held Alma to 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities while also forcing the Scots into 39 turnovers. The Knights held a 40-37 ground ball advantage while Alma outshot Calvin 22-20 in the game, 9-2 in the fourth quarter.
“It’s good to get some validation for the work (our team) has been putting in. We’re going to keep working hard at building the culture and putting the program out there, and it was good to have the opportunity to do that today in a conference way” said head coach Joel Kamstra. “Drew (Scrozynski) really held in there today – if we didn’t have the big saves from Drew we wouldn’t have been in the situation we were heading into overtime. Tim Marco, another player who really came out today, dug deep. We tried to work the ball into his stick to see what he could do with it and it paid off.”
Calvin is now 2-10 overall and 1-3 in the MIAA while Alma moves to 4-10 overall and 0-5 in conference play. The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they travel to Holland to face the rival Flying Dutchmen of Hope College as part of a women’s-men’s lacrosse doubleheader.
Calvin faced Hope earlier in the year in a non-conferencing meeting, with Hope earning an 18-5 victory. Wednesday night’s matchup is slated to start at 7 p.m.