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Women’s Lacrosse falls 16-4 to Davenport in first game as varsity sport

Thursday, March 07, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s lacrosse team made its varsity debut on Thursday as it traveled to nearby Davenport University for a non-conference contest Thursday.  The Panthers defeated the Knights 16-4 at Davenport’s Turf Field. 

Davenport, which came into the contest riding a four-game winning streak, got on the scoreboard early with three goals in the first five minutes - two coming from sophomore Taylor Balch (Rockford/Rockford HS).

Calvin countered with a goal from senior Katie Pranger (Denver, CO/Denver Christian) at the 23:38 mark of the first half.  The Knights, however, could muster one more goal in the first half from junior MIchelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) while yielding five.  Davenport led 8-2 at halftime.

“We did a great job of transitioning from defense to offense,” said Calvin head coach Blake Boehm.

The second half scoring spread turned out to be the same as the first - eight goals for Davenport and two for Calvin.  Junior Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian) and freshman Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marion) scored the second half goals for the Knights.

As a team, Calvin was outshot 33-10.  Senior goalkeeper Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian) was credited with nine saves.

“We had great leadership from all of our seniors,” said Boehm after the game.  “Lauren [Spoelstra] played outstanding in goal.  The [Davenport] easily could have had more goals.  She kept some tough shots out of the net.”

Both teams committed 19 turnovers.  Davenport held the advantage in ground balls (19-12) and draw controls (13-9).

Calvin (0-1, 0-0 MIAA) returns to action Sat., March 9, when it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a game with the College of Mount Saint Joseph.  The game is slated to start at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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