Men's Lacrosse Overpowers Alma In MIAA Opener

Eight is enough for the Hope College men's lacrosse team — at least for a night.

The Flying Dutchmen won their eighth match in a row with a 15-11 victory against Alma College on a chilly Wednesday night at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Hope (8-1 overall) pulled within one match of its longest win streak while, more important, starting Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on a winning note.

The Flying Dutchmen can match the 2016 team's nine-match win streak on Saturday when they host Trine for a 4 p.m. match.

Against Alma, Hope used a balanced attack to overcome its foe's attempt to slow the nation's third-leading goal scorer, sophomore Rocco Mularoni of Hartland, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central).

Six different Flying Dutchmen scored besides Mularoni, who was tightly marked and faced as many as four defenders when he had possession.

Junior Grant Brogan of East Lansing, Michigan (East Lansing), pictured left, and sophomore Max Kuiper of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Central), pictured right, flourished with the field opening up. Both totaled three goals and one assist.

Kuiper scored twice in the second half, including one on an assist from Brogan, as Hope outscored the Scots 9-5.

Junior Gino Battaglia of Dayton, Ohio (Lebanon) also recorded three goals for the Flying Dutchmen.

Mularoni did score twice. He tops the Flying Dutchmen with 36 goals.

Goalie Nick Schanhals of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) made six saves, but needed to make only one in the second half.

Postgame interview with head coach Michael Schanhals below

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