Women’s Lacrosse Beaten by Pacific (OR) 10-3 in Non-Conference Action
Saturday, April 20, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s lacrosse team took a weekend break from its conference schedule on Saturday to host Pacific University of Oregon at Zuidema Field. Unfortunately for the Knights, a slow start allowed the Boxers to jump out to a 6-0 lead en route to a 10-3 victory.
Pacific scored its first goal of the match under five minutes in to take a 1-0 lead.
With 20:38 remaining, the Boxers added a second goal, taking advantage of a Calvin penalty and a man-up situation to extend its lead to 2-0.
Off the draw, Pacific went straight to goal, and sixteen seconds after its previous goal, added another to make the score 3-0.
The Boxers then extended their lead to 6-0 with three more goals over the next twelve minutes.
With 8:48 remaining, the Knights were able to get on the board as sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat took advantage of a free position attempt and put the ball in the back of the net to make the score 6-1, which is where the teams would stand as they went into halftime.
Out of the intermission, Pacific added two more goals before junior Michelle Holwerda responded with a goal of her own to cut the Boxers lead to 8-2.
After another Pacific goal, Blaauwendraat added her second of the contest to make the score 9-3.
A final Boxers goal came with 0:28 remaining in regulation, and the game would end at a 10-3 score in Pacific’s favor.
Blaawendraat scored two goals on the afternoon while Holwerda added one. Senior Yelena Davis led the Knights with five groundballs.
For Pacific, Amy Mayhugh scored three goals while Kaitlyn Harper added two goals and one assist.
It was a bit of a slow start for us, and Pacific was able to get out to a bit of a lead, said head coach Blake Boehm. I think a lot of that is winning in the middle of the field. We called a time out, adjusted some things, and we started to win a few more of the 50-50 balls, which slowed them down quite a bit, but coming back from behind is always tough. The team kept its spirits up, stayed focused on what it had to do, but it just wasn’t enough (for the win) today.
Calvin moves to 3-11 on the year while Pacific is now 8-4. The Knights return to conference action on Wednesday against rival Hope College. The game will be played at Hope, with the game scheduled to start at 4 p.m.