Women’s Lacrosse Picks Up First Conference Win - Defeats Trine 9-6
Saturday, April 13, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin College women’s lacrosse team earned its first MIAA victory in program history on Saturday afternoon. Hosting the Thunder of Trine University, Calvin broke a 6-6 tie with 24:33 remaining in the game and added two insurance goals en route to a 9-6 victory.
Senior Nicole Perragaux scored the first goal of the game just over two minutes in. Freshman Caroyln Forbes then added a goal off a free position attempt before Trine scored its first goal of the match.
The two teams then traded goals until junior Michelle Holwerda put the ball in the back of the net with 1:53 remaining in the first half to give the Knights a 6-4 advantage, which they would take into halftime.
Out of the intermission, the Thunder scored two goals in the opening four minutes, the second while up a player, to tie the game at 6-6.
A pair of beautiful assists from Holwerda to Perragaux and sophomore Lissa Busscher then gave the Knights an 8-6 lead before Holwerda netted her second goal of the game with 19:39 remaining to bring the score to 9-6.
In the remaining time, Calvin played stout defense and held a large portion of the possession to keep Trine scoreless the rest of the way as the Knights closed out their first MIAA conference victory in program history.
Holwerda tallied two goals and two assists while Perragaux and junior Mary Hoogstra each netted two goals apiece. Senior Lauren Spoelstra earned the win in net, making five saves.
As a team, Calvin outshot Trine 33-13, held a 28-16 advantage on ground balls while forcing the Thunder into 24 turnovers.
Trine was led by Kassi Armstrong who scored two goals and added one assist.
“We managed the middle of the field well today. We were very conscious of ball possession in transition, we adjusted some things with where the midfield and attack are as we transitioned, which opened (Trine) up a lot, and we executed on offense,” said head coach Blake Boehm. “We found a way to get ourselves in scoring position and we put the ball in the back of the net. It’s good stuff to build off of in the next week.”
The Knights improve to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the MIAA while Trine drops to 1-4 and 0-2 in the conference.
Calvin’s next game is scheduled for next week Friday when the Knights travel to Alma for another conference match. The game against the Scots is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.