The Hope College women's lacrosse team remains in control of its postseason destiny despite a hard-fought 8-7 loss to Calvin on Thursday at Van Andel Stadium.
The Flying Dutch can clinch a berth in next week's Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament with a win against visiting Saint Mary's on Saturday at noon.
Hope (6-5 overall, 5-2 MIAA) is in third place in the league standings.
The Flying Dutch lead fourth-place Saint Mary's and Kalamazoo by one game after Kalamazoo beat Saint Mary's 8-7 on Thursday. Kalamazoo is at Adrian on Saturday.
Freshman Hannah VanAlst of Clio, Michigan (Flint Powers Catholic HS) lead Hope against Calvin with a match-high three goals.
Junior Alexandra Webb of Woodland Hills, California (Calabasas HS) chipped in two goals.
Hope rallied from a 3-0 deficit four minutes into the match to tie the score at 5-5 10 minutes into the second half.
Calvin (9-5, 6-1 MIAA) answered with the next two goals for a lead it would not relinquish again.
Hope coach Kim Vincent was proud of her team's resiliency after an early deficit.
"Overall, it was definitely a battle all the way through. I was really proud of the way they stayed tight as a team, they communicated well. We had a bit of slow start at the beginning, we made some really quick adjustments," Vincent said. "Yeah, the rivalry game sort of sets everyone off a little bit in the beginning and we adjusted. I'm proud of the way we did it.
"We came back and we thought we could pull it off but we learned some things today, too. We learned what we can do and what we need to work on."