Lacrosse teams pick up wins

The Dutchmen both had wins at home this past weekend to boost season records


LAX BROS CELLY— The boys posted up a big win this past weekend and take a moment to celebrate. (Melissa Bazany)

Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams came up with solid wins this past weekend. The men are now 7 3 on the season after posting a big 18 2 win over Adrian. The stats were well spread across the team with 10 different scorers for the Dutchmen. Max Kuiper (’20) started off the scoring for the game with an assist by Gunnar Elder (’17) about one and a half minutes into the first period to give Hope a quick start. Adrian came back to tie it up a few minutes later, but after two back to back goals by Elder and Andrew Pavey (’20) 12 seconds apart, the Flying Dutchmen went on a scoring streak for five more consecutive goals.

Gino Battaglia (’19) and Rocco Mularoni (’20) snagged two of these goals in the first period. Micah Bieri (’19) capitalized early in the second, and Mularoni grabbed his second and third for the game giving him 28 goals thus far in the season. Adrian was finally able to sneak one past the Dutchmen with 6:55 left in the second to pull the score to 8 2. However, Battaglia, on an assist from Mularoni, put another shot past the Bulldogs with a man down at :50 left in the period.

The Dutchmen would continue putting another 10 shots past Adrian to give them an easy win. Third period goals came from Andrew Caris (’20), Elder, Mularoni, Scott Brooks (’20) and Pavey. Zach Weber (’17) put in two in the fourth with two more goals scored by Jon Kloostra (’20) and Elder for a final score of 18 2.

The Dutchmen took on the Calvin Knights Tuesday night and will face Kalamazoo this Saturday on the road.

On the women’s side of things, the ladies took down Kalamazoo posting a 13 6 score and making them 4 4 on the year. Alexandra Webb (’17) put the first point on the board giving her 17 points for the season. Erin Caton (’18) followed up with another goal a little less than a minute later. Emily Deane (’18) put up two goals after that and Kalamazoo then snuck two past the Dutch a little later in the first to pull the score to 4 2. Hope bounced back a few minutes later and Deane put in other goal with :25 left to pull Hope to a 5 2 lead going into the second half.

Defensive player Audrey Park (’17) was able to snag a goal in the second as well as three by Dana Kym (’17), another by Webb, another by Caton and another by Deane. The big second half for the Dutch gave them an easy win over the Hornets this past weekend.

Four of the goals in the second half came in the opening six minutes of the half. Park’s goal gave the Dutch the needed energy as the senior posted her first career goal. Caton delivered two assists and snagged four ground balls in the game to help the Flying Dutch put up their thirteen goals. Alexandra Webb (’17), Mara Droppers (’17) and Julianna Burlet (’20) each had five as well. Park and Kym both had six ground balls. The Dutch grabbed 45 of the 76 ground balls recorded for the game and had 24 shots on goal over Kalamazoo’s 15 showing tenacity to steal the win last Saturday.

The Flying Dutch faced Trine University Tuesday night and are set to play Olivet College this coming Tuesday on the road. Hopefully both teams can snag another conference win.

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