Hope College Men's Lacrosse Historic Moments

Updated thru 2017-18 season

Hope College sponsored lacrosse as a club sport from 1974 thru 2012. It was one of the oldest established collegiate lacrosse club programs in the state of Michigan. Lacrosse became an intercollegiate sport at Hope and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) during the 2012-13 school year.

Men's collegiate lacrosse recorded an historic victory on March 2, 2013 when the Flying Dutchmen topped Baldwin Wallace, Ohio 14-9 in a match played indoors on a neutral field in Detroit. Senior captain Josh Kamstra scored six goals to key Hope's offense. Scoring two apiece were Peter Stuckey, Nicklas Raycraft and Parker Osterink while Niko Pagkanlungan and Clint Lyders each had one. Pagkanlungan was credited with three assists while Matt Hemenway had one. Hope held a 6-5 halftime lead. B-W gained a 7-6 midway through the third quarter. Hope scored five unanswered goals, two by Kamstra. Goalkeeper Daniel Flavin was credited was 11 saves. The Flying Dutchmen went on to win their first five games. 

Eventual MIAA champion Adrian spoiled Hope's intercollegiate home field debut on a cold, rainy night, edging the Flying Dutchmen 15-10 on April 11, 2013. The teams were tied 5-5 early in the second period. The Bulldogs reeled off six consecutive goals to gain an 11-5 advantage early in the third period. Hope made a run with three unanswered goals, but Adrian came back with the next four to seal the verdict. Josh Kamstra led Hope's offense with four goals and an assist. Caleb Digison added two goals while scoring one each were Jacob Kamstra, Niko Pagkanlungan, Nicklas Raycraft and Sean Murphy. Jacob Kamstra also had three assists. Adrian edged Hope 38-36 in shots. Hope goalkeeper Ben Weber was credited with 11 saves.

Hope's first victory at Van Andel Stadium came over rival Calvin 20-5 on April 24, 2013. Ten Hope players put the ball into the net as the Flying Dutchmen held a 53-19 advantage in shots. Hope led 13-1 at the halftime break. Jacob Kamstra scored six goals and was also credited with four assists. Caleb Digison added three goals followed by Austin Krehel 2, Nicklas Raycraft 2, Clint Lyders 3, Niko Pagkanlungan 1, Parker Osterink 1, Connor Smith 1, Peter Stuckey 1, and Andrew Johnson 1. Pagkanlungan assisted on three goals. Goalkeepers Ben Weber and Daniel Flavin combined for eight saves.

The Flying Dutchmen set a team record for goals in a match during a 27-2 win against Dubuque on March 29, 2014 at Van Andel Stadium. Caleb Digison set a Van Andel record for a Hope player with seven goals. The 10 second-quarter goals and 16 first-half goals were stadium records.

Gunnar Elder broke the Van Andel Stadium record with six assists during a 26-0 win against Defiance, Ohio on March 16, 2016. The Flying Dutchmen established stadium records with 12 first-quarter goals and 20 in the first half. The shutout was the first in team history.

Gunnar Elder became the first Flying Dutchmen varsity player to reach 100 career goals during the 2016 season. He also set varsity records with 65 goals, 34 assists and 99 points during his junior season.

The Flying Dutchmen hosted their first MIAA Tournament match on May 4, 2017 as the No. 2 seed but were edged 11-10 in overtime by No. 3 seed Alma. 

Gunnar Elder concluded his varsity career with a school-record 183 goals, 105 assists and 288 points between the 2014-17 seasons.

The Flying Dutchmen posted a school-record 15-match win streak and claimed their first MIAA championship during the 2018 season. Hope finished with a team-record 15 wins.

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