by Alan Babbitt
Andrew Pavey saw his defender turn his head for just a second and quickly made his move.
Bedlam soon erupted for the back-to-back MIAA champion Hope College men's lacrosse team.
Set up by teammate Jack Radzville, Pavey scored 1 minute, 15 seconds into overtime to lift the Flying Dutchmen past visiting Albion College for a 9-8 victory on Tuesday night.
Photo of Hope players celebrating a goal by Tom Renner
Hope (11-3 overall) earned a share of its second consecutive MIAA regular-season and clinched the No. 1 seed for next week's MIAA Tournament. The Flying Dutchmen, who are 5-0 in league play, conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 27 at home with a 1 p.m. match against Kalamazoo College.
"Right in the huddle before we went out, we said we wanted to push our offense," Pavey said. "I knew there was going to be some space there. I saw Jack look me off and saw my defender turn his head. I knew if I'd do a back cut, I'd be open and he'd hit me.
"I'm just happy we got the win. I'm just so proud of our guys for pulling through like that."
Pavey, pictured right, cut between two Albion defenders before catching the pass and charging toward the goal. From about eight yards out, the junior midfielder from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern HS) buried the ball in the top right corner of the net before a game Albion goalie Trevor McManus could react.
McManus recorded 28 saves for the Britons (6-8, 4-1 MIAA). The most by a NCAA Division III goalie this season is 33.
The Flying Dutchmen received goals from seven different players. Junior attacker Max Kuiper of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Central) topped with three goals and one assist.
Hope goalie Nick Schanhals of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) finished with 10 saves.
The Flying Dutchmen overcame a deflating end of regulation that saw Albion score twice over the final 3 minutes, 14 seconds to force overtime. The Britons' Jace Conley struck with his fifth goal of the game with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
Freshman Cole Scheffler of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford) won the faceoff to start overtime, then picked up the ground ball to give Hope possession.
The Flying Dutchmen worked the ball deep behind Albion's goalie before Radzville made a charge that set up Pavey.
"Boy oh boy what a finish," head coach Michael Schanhals. "For Andrew Pavey to bury that, that's going to be one I'm going to remember the rest of my days."