by Alan Babbitt
A scoreless second quarter fired up the Hope College men's lacrosse team on a chilly Friday night.
The Flying Dutchmen erupted for eight third-quarter goals and marched to a 20-4 victory against Northland College (Wisconsin).
Hope improved to 6-2 overall.with one non-league match remaining in the season: Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at home against Carthage College (Wisconsin)
Head coach Michael Schanhals said it took a little bit for the Flying Dutchmen to adjust to utilizing a lot of players early.
"Their goal did a great job of making some saves, but we needed to run the field a little better. I think we sort of were playing at their pace, rather than ours," Schanhals said. "We came out in the second half, shared the ball a little more quickly, were running harder and getting up the field faster.
"Credit to Northland. They have a shot bench but hustled the whole time."
Hope jumped out to a 6-1 first-quarter lead, but Northland (2-4 overall) scored the second quarter's only two goals.
The Flying Dutchmen dominated the third quarter with goals from seven different players that resulted in a 14-3 lead.
Sophomore Stephen Holpuch of Oswego, Illinois (Oswego), pictured, led a balanced attack with three goals.
Three different Hope players registered multi-goal and multi-assist games.
Sophomore Ben Staubus of Westville, Indiana (Mount Carmel Catholic) finished with two goals and a team-high three assists.
Northland goalie Matt Follmer made 22 saves against Hope.