Men's Lacrosse Powers Past Alma In MIAA Opener

Jack Radzville poses for a portrait Nathaniel Hentschel poses for a headshot by Alan Babbitt

Nathaniel Hentschel and Jack Radzville sparked a short-handed Hope College men's lacrosse team in its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener on Wednesday night.

The two combined for eight goals, including four during a critical first-half stretch, and propelled the Flying Dutchmen to a 13-9 victory at Alma College.

Hope raised its record to 7-3 overall.

Hentschel, a junior midfielder from Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS), and Radzville, a freshman from Howell, Michigan (Howell), helped the Flying Dutchmen break a 2-2 tie with four consecutive goals over an 11-minute span.

Hentschel, pictured left, struck twice during the final 1 minute, 23 seconds of the first quarter. Radzville, returning to the lineup after missing five games due to injury, assisted on both goals.

Radzville, pictured right, followed with goals at the 9:44 and 6:09 marks of the second quarter to extend Hope's lead to 6-2.

The Flying Dutchmen never trailed. Alma (4-8, 0-1 MIAA) tied the score at 6-6 early in the third quarter before junior midfielder Andrew Pavey of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern) gave Hope back the lead for good with a man-up goal at the 3:43 mark of the third quarter.

Head coach Michael Schanhals was proud of how his team, which has dealing with injuries and illness, remained focused on the road amid more lineup changes. Leading scorer Rocco Mularoni was ill and did not play.

"Alma is always a tough place to play," Schanhals said. "They had a lot of emotion to begin the game, so we wanted to make sure we were consistent with our effort. We did a nice job of letting the environment go and just playing.

"We had some good ground ball battles and got some possessions. Alma fell back into a zone. We had time to attack their zone. At first, we had to figure out how to attack it, but we solved the puzzle. We figured out how to make some runs in transition. We had hockey-style assists: pass, clear, score. That enabled us to stretch out our lead."

Junior attacker Max Kuiper of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Central) chipped in two goals and three assists for Hope. Pavey finished with two goals.

Goalie Nick Schanhals of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) made nine saves.

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