Women’s lacrosse victorious, sets win record

The women’s lacrosse team played Adrian College last Saturday for their sixth consecutive win of the season. The streak broke the team’s previous record of five consecutive wins from 2013 and 2016! The Flying Dutch won the game 11-7, moving their MIAA record to 3-0. They are now in a first place tie with Albion College and Saint Mary’s College in MIAA standings. Sophomore goalie Helen Holt had six saves in the game. “She showed us some great saves,” head coach Kim Vincent commented. “The team always rallies around our goalkeeper, and the energy they got from her saves was incredible.”

Midfielder Paige Wilmer, another sophomore, scored her career high of three goals. She also had two assists during the game. Two other teammates also had three goals during the game, sophomores Rachel Elder and Carly Pieri. “Getting contributions from different players is the key to our game,” Vincent commented. “We don’t have one or two playmakers. We rely on the whole team to make plays.” Two other players scored during the game, sophomores Jane Ragains and Paige Rosenbrook. “The top goal scorers always get credit, but there is so much more to the lacrosse game. Paige [Wilmer] is one of our top allaround players. She’s a top player in all areas, not just in scoring.” The men’s team has also had success so far, with an 8-3 record, going 2-0 in the MIAA.

They played Trine University last weekend, winning 16-6 with an impressive 10 goal streak that was unanswered by Trine. Senior goalie Nick Schanhals held the team together, blocking 18 of Trine’s shots on the goal. Junior attacker Max Kuiper also led the team, making five goals, followed by junior Rocco Mularoni at four goals and senior Gino Battaglia with three. “We had really good play, not just at the top but coming off the wings on the faceoffs,” head coach Michael Schanhals commented. “We were able to get possession, and that’s a really big advantage against Trine because they want possession to keep the clock and keep it a lowscoring game. So that was key to give our offense more chances.” The team also spent 12 minutes in the penalty box. “I’m not sure we’ve ever been in the box that much, but our mandown defense really gave us a life,” Schanhals commented. The men’s lacrosse team plays again this Saturday at home against Calvin College. Come out and support the team!

Megan Grimes (‘20) was the Lifestyle editor at the Anchor during the 2019-2020 academic year. She has a biology and English double major and computer science minor at Hope, and she spends most of her free time playing with her 1-year-old son, Teddy. Running is one of her favorite activities, along with any other outdoor activity, reading, writing, yoga and spending time with friends and family. She loves to share people’s stories with the belief that hearing more about other people’s experiences can help you better navigate your own. After Hope, she intends to find a job in science writing to help better communicate science through story and quality writing.

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