VanderLaan scores lone goal in men’s lacrosse’s 22-1 defeat at Albion
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ALBION, MI - Looking for its first MIAA win in program history, the Calvin men’s lacrosse team traveled to Albion for a game against the Britons. Both teams braved the cold weather conditions as the host Britons sent the Knights back to Grand Rapids with a 22-1 loss.
Albion sophomore Joel Hedemark (Chesterfield/Leanse Creuse North) scored the game’s first goal at the 9:25 mark of the first quarter. The Britons would add four more goals in the first quarter en route to a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.
“We came out really soft,” said Calvin head coach Joel Kamstra.
The second quarter did not go much better for the Knights. Albion complied 11 goals in the quarter while outshooting Calvin 17-0. The Britons scooped up 21 ground balls compared to four for the Knights. Albion won nine of 12 faceoffs in the quarter.
“We played in our defensive zone about 90 percent of the game,” said Kamstra after the game. “Albion is a good team. They won the majority of the faceoffs and got most of the ground balls.
Calvin’s lone goal came in the third quarter. Sophomore Jonathan VanderLaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored with 3:58 remaining in the quarter on a pass from junior Casey Harless (DeWitt/DeWitt HS). The Knights couldn’t muster another goal, and watched the Britons score three goals in third quarter as well as the fourth.
Calvin was outshot 46-6 in the contest, and earned 19 ground balls compared to Albion’s 60. Calvin senior goalie Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian) was credited with 10 saves.
According to Kamstra, clearing proved to be Calvin’s biggest problem in the game. The Knights converted six of 21 attempts.
“Albion played a 10-man ride when we attempted to clear,” Kamstra said. “In this formation, the goalie acts as another defender. This put a lot of pressure on us [Calvin], and really hindered our ability to clear.”
Calvin, 1-9, 0-2 MIAA, returns to action Sat., Apr. 13, when it travels to Angola, Ind., to face the Thunder of Trine University. The game is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. EST.