Men's Lacrosse Charges Past Northland (Wisconsin)

Stephen Holpuch poses for a headshot 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.

Junior Max Kuiper of Grand Rapids, MIchigan (Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Luke Elder of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) each contributed two goals and two assists.

Northland goalie Matt Follmer made 22 saves against Hope. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422