This week all six Varsity Spring sports are in action for the first week this year for Kalamazoo College, including four teams in action at home.
On Wednesday night, the Hornet Men’s Lacrosse team looks to bounce back from their season opening 11-1 defeat to Depauw when they take on Concordia Chicago at MacKenzie Field. Last season Kalamazoo defeated the Cougars 10-3 in Chicago. In just their second year as a varsity program, the team is looking to improve on their 4-9 record from a season ago. The team will travel to Benedictine (Ill.) on Saturday.
Thursday evening the Women’s Lacrosse team open their season at home against Illinois Tech. This season marks the team’s fourth as a varsity program, and its first year with seniors that have been in the program since their first year on campus. Last season the Hornets finished fourth in the MIAA, and held a 7-5 lead over regular season champions Albion in the fourth quarter of the MIAA Tournament semifinal. Returning all but one player from last season’s squad, the team will look to build on last season’s strong performance. The women travel to Oberlin on Saturday for their second game in three days to start the year.
This weekend the Hornets Baseball team travels to Louisville, Kentucky to kick off their season against Anderson, Central and Spalding. A year ago, Kalamazoo won the MIAA tournament, and qualified for the NCAA Regionals. After losing just one senior from last season, the Hornets have high hopes and expectations for this season in the MIAA and potentially on the national level.
Saturday the Kalamazoo College Softball team will look to bounce back from their opening weekend losses when they travel to Franklin for a double header. The Hornets bats will look to recover after driving in only three runs during the double header two weeks ago, and build some momentum leading into next week’s home opener against Manchester.
The Women’s Tennis team will try to build on last weekend’s victory on the road at Coe when they return home Saturday to take on Principia, and Sunday when they host Denison. After a slow start, the Hornets went on the road to defeat regionally ranked Coe College in Iowa this past weekend.
Prior to the Women’s match on Sunday, the Men’s Tennis team will look to continue their undefeated season (4-0), against Denison in Markin. The Big Red are ranked #33 nationally, and #7 in the Central region, giving the Hornets another opportunity to knock off a higher ranked opponent during the non-conference portion of their schedule.