This past Saturday, the Kalamazoo College men’s and women’s lacrosse teams began their conferences regular seasons. The men played only their second home game of the year as they hosted Albion, while the women travelled to play Trine.
The women put on a dazzling display as they shutout Trine 12-0. They came out on fire, putting up seven goals in the first half on 15 shots. In the same half, they held Trine to only nine shots, and no goals. The Hornets continued to dominate in the second half, adding five more goals and sophomore Katie Johnson recorded her first shutout of the season. There is no question that the women cruised to a 12-0 victory through a combination of dominant offense and stellar defense.
Kalamazoo’s offense was led by first year Amanda Moss who netted five goals on six shots. Juniors Cecilia DiFranco and Nicole Huff each added two goals. Along with her shutout, goalkeeper Johnson saved all seven of the Thunder’s shots on goal.
When asked about the hot start of the MIAA season and their recent victory, Junior Thania Stavrapoulos said “our win over Trine was a really good boost for our team. With the recent NCAA ban, we really want to do as much as we can to have a great regular season, and this was the start of that. Our team has come a long way and been through a lot as the first lacrosse team at K, and that experience has made us a strong family and will help us succeed this season.”
The women will have their next two games at home, hosting Hope on Tuesday at 7:00pm and then Olivet on Saturday at 1:00pm.
The Men’s team hosted their first ever MIAA game on Saturday, against defending MIAA champion Albion. The first year Hornets squad hung tough throughout the first two quarters but eventually the defending champs were just too much.
The men only trailed 2-1 after the first quarter, thanks to an equalizer goal from sophomore Nick Swain, before Albion scored with exactly 00:00 remaining on the first quarter clock to take a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for K, they would score only two more goals, while the traveling Britons would step up the scoring as the game went on. The final score was an 11-3 loss for the Hornets.
Kalamazoo showed much promise though with their strong and tight defensive play, excellent goalkeeping, and many contributions across their extremely young lineup. Two first years, Alex McDonnell and Zach Morales, scored the second and third goals for the Hornets. Goalie Michael Dutcher K’19 made 11 saves on the day. First year defender Alex Dykema picked up a game high seven ground balls and forced two turnovers.
After the loss, goalie Michael Dutcher said, “The score did not dictate how the game went; playing tough against the conference champions was a great feeling. That game was a nice confidence builder for the remainder of conference play.”
The team will now play two away conference games before returning home. They travel to Trine on Tuesday as they continue MIAA play, and then travel to rival Hope on Saturday.