Women’s Lacrosse Claims 15-8 Win Over Robert Morris College
Saturday, March 15, 2014
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin women’s lacrosse team hosted Robert Morris University of Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Davenport University, looking for the Knights second win of the season.
A hot start on a cold day allowed Calvin to build an early five goal lead, and the Knights never looked back en route to a 15-8 victory.
Calvin jumped out to a 5-0 advantage with 17:33 to go in the first half as a balanced attack, with four Knights scoring, set the tone of the game early.
The Eagles responded with two goals in a minute to cut the Knights lead to 5-2 with 15:07 remaining in the half.
Over the final 15 minutes of the half, the scoring was identical as the opening 15, and at halftime, the Knights led 10-4.
Calvin outshot Robert Morris 28-12 in the first half. Freshman Emily Cefaratti had three goal and two assists in the first half, while freshman Audrey Grabowski and junior Karissa Reed each added two goals.
Out of the break, the Eagles scored the first goal of the half before four straight goals by the Knights gave Calvin a 14-5 advantage with 21:31 to go in the second half.
Over the remaining time, the Knights held off Robert Morris despite being outscored, and Calvin secured its second win of the year by a score of 15-8.
Calvin outshot the Eagles 43-18 for the game and also forced Robert Morris into 25 turnovers.
Reed finished with four goals to lead the Knights, while Cefaratti totaled three goals and two assists and Grabowski chipped in three goals and an assist. Junior Lissa Busscher added two goals and senior Michelle Holwerda had two assists. Each scoring a goal was junior Nikita Blaauwendraat, sophomore Carolyn Forbes, and freshman Caroline Schneemann to round out the scoring. Senior Lauren Spoelstra made six saves in net to earn the win.
Mary Prunte paced Robert Morris with one goal and one assist. Four other Eagles each scored one goal for the team’s total of five.
“Coming out, we knew we had to press the goal more, and so that was our game plan from the beginning – every opportunity we had we were looking to press the cage,” said head coach Blake Boehm. “We knew to be effective that is what we needed to do, and the team responded well. Coming out (and going up) 5-0 was really outstanding.”
The Knights have a quick turnaround as they will play Aquinas on Monday night at Davenport University. Monday night’s contest is scheduled to be played under the lights, starting at 8 p.m.