by Alan Babbitt
A focused Hope College men's lacrosse team stayed on task during Tuesday's home opener against Elmhurst College (Illinois).
Playing together, the Flying Dutchmen never trailed en route to earning an 18-8 victory against their foe from the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin.
It was Hope's second non-league win to start the season.
"I thought we had an excellent, locked-in team effort," head coach Michael Schanhals said. "We're trying to work on our communication and communicate much more effectively and efficiently — 10 guys on the same page on the field, 27 guys off the field.
"We were locked into the game plan of what we're trying to get accomplished. We had some lapses, but I thought we played a really complete game: offensively, defensively, at the dot. Our goalie play was nice. Our clearing was nice. Our riding was really the thing that was the key to the game, the pressure we were able to put on them."
A trio of attackers fueled the Flying Dutch with goal scoring.
Senior attacker Rocco Mularoni of Hartland, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central), pictured left, and sophomore Jack Radzville of Howell, Michigan (Howell), pictured right, netted five goals apiece. Radzville also collected three assists.
Senior Max Kuiper of Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Central) chipped in four goals.
Defensively, Hope received a team-high six ground balls from sophomore defender Tucker Martinez of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland West) and sophomore long-stick midfielder Brayden Blackburn of Muskegon, Michigan (Muskegon Reeths-Puffer).
The Flying Dutchmen nearly doubled up Elmhurst's season totals for ground balls.'
Hope's next match is Tuesday, March 10 against Siena Heights University.