First-year coach Kim Vincent and the Hope College women's lacrosse team are thrilled to exceed preseason expectations.
The Flying Dutch have qualified for next week's MIAA Tournament for the second time in their three-year varsity history despite Saturday's 16-4 loss to Albion at Van Andel Stadium.
Hope (6-8 overall) tied for third in the league standings with Olivet as both teams went 5-3 in league play.
The Flying Dutch will play at No. 2-seeded Albion in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
Top-seeded Calvin will host No. 4-seeded Olivet in Wednesday's other semifinal at 5 p.m.
Hope was picked sixth in the preseason MIAA poll.
"We're making history together," Vincent said. "This group has worked really hard, stayed focus on our goals the entire season. We wanted to go to the conference tournament. We're realizing that dream. It's an incredible opportunity for us."
Senior Makenzie Bortell of Montague, Michigan (Montague HS), led Hope with three goals.
Bortell was one of three honored on Senior Day along with teammate Molly Greenfield of Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown HS), and student manager Taylor Trapani.