by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's lacrosse team pushed its first NCAA Division III Tournament opponent to overtime on Tuesday before falling, 7-6, to John Carroll University (Ohio) in Rochester, N.Y.
The Flying Dutchmen finished the season with a 14-4 record — the second-best in team history.
John Carroll (13-6) advanced to a second-round game at top-ranked host RIT (18-1) on Wednesday.
Colin Corcoran scored the game-winning goals with 30 seconds remaining in the first overtime. John Carroll was 12 seconds into playing with a man-advantage after a Hope offsides penalty.
"We have a great team, an excellent group of young men," head coach Michael Schanhals said. "It was a fantastic season but tough to have it end like this.
Photo of Gareth Ulmer by Dana Funyak/John Carroll Athletics
"There's no substitute for actually having experienced a NCAA Tournament. It's one thing to dream about it and another to do it. It's been quite an experience flying out yesterday to waking up this morning and getting through things today. I'm proud of the guys."
The Flying Dutchmen forced overtime when defender Andrew Caris of Hartland, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central HS) scored with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
John Carroll went ahead 6-5 three minutes earlier on a Robert Dansburg goal off a successful Blue Streaks clearing attempt.
John Carroll scored four times during the third quarter to overcome a 3-1 halftime deficit.
Hope and John Carroll combined for three goals in a span of 1:18 late in the third quarter for a 5-5 tie.
Schanhals was proud of how quickly his team settled into their first NCAA Tournament game.
"We did a nice job just scrapping, grabbing some ground balls, making the extra pass and running the field," Schanhals said. "We had some good looks we couldn't cash in on. We were hoping to build on our lead a little bit more.
"Our defense played outstanding. (Assistant coach) Chris Scheldt had a great scheme to try to take them out of what they wanted to do: spread and field and attack us."
Freshman attacker Jack Radzville of Howell, Michigan (Howell) scored twice to lead the Flying Dutchmen.
Hope also received one goal apiece from freshman midfielder Liam Cunningham of South Lyon, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central), junior midfielder Nathaniel Hentschel of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) and junior midfielder Scott Brooks of Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson).
Senior goalie Nick Schanhals of North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon) made 15 saves for the Flying Dutchmen.