MIAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Hope College

The Hope College women's lacrosse team is competing in postseason play on Wednesday at Albion for the second time in their three-year varsity history.

The match begins at 7:30 p.m. The winner faces either top-seeded Calvin or fourth-seeded Olivet on Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The Flying Dutch qualified as the tournament No. 3 seed by completing MIAA regular-season play with a 5-3 record.

With a 6-8 overall record, Hope has matched its program-best for wins in a single season. The Flying Dutch went 6-7 in 2014 and 6-9 in 2013.

Hope is 1-2 all-time against Albion. The Flying Dutch won their first meeting 18-12 in 2013 but have dropped the past two — 16-4 this season on April 22 and 15-7 in 2014.

Hope ranks fifth in the MIAA at 9.93 goals per game and third in assists at 3.07.  The Flying Dutch face an Albion defense that ranks first in the league with a 7.00 goals against average.

On defense, Hope is sixth at 12.21 goals per game allowed. The Flying Dutch look to slow an opponent that tops the MIAA at 15.47 goals per game and 5.00 assists per game.

Hope leads the MIAA in groundballs at 28.14 per game. Albion is second at 26.67.

Senior Molly Greenfield of Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown HS), leads Hope in goals with 37 and points with 43. Her goals scored are the third-most by a Flying Dutch player in a single season. She trails Maddie Ferguson's 50 in 2013 and Katie Sabourin's 39 in 2013.

Molly Greenfield is Hope's all-time leading goalscorer with 89 goals. She also has the most assists in Flying Dutch history with 24.

Sophomore Dana Kym of Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville HS), is second on Hope this season with 33 goals and 39 points. Her 33 goals are fourth-most in a single season by a Flying Dutch player. This is Kym's first season at Hope.

Senior Makenzie Bortell of Montague, Michigan (Montague HS), is tops on the Flying Dutch with a school-record 11 assists. She passed the previous mark of nine shared by Molly Greenfield in 2014 and 2013 and Katie Sabourin in 2014. Bortell's 18 career assists are second only to Greenfield's.

Freshman goalie Michaela Biegner of Hillsdale, Michigan (Hillsdale HS), ranks fifth in the MIAA with a 41.0 percent save percentage. She has played every minute in goal this season for the Flying Dutch, totaling 119 saves in 840 minutes.

This is Kim Vincent's first season as head coach. She took over the Flying Dutch after a successful coaching career at Grand Haven High School. She founded the Buccaneers' girls program in 2005.

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