Women's Lacrosse Defeats Kalamazoo Behind Strong Defensive Effort

A strong start in both halves proved to be the difference for the Hope College women's lacrosse team Saturday as the Flying Dutch defeated Kalamazoo 13-6 to maintain a share of first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings.

Hope, which improved 2-0 in the MIAA and 4-4 overall, shut out the Hornets for nearly 23 minutes to start the game. The Flying Dutch jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the four-minute mark on unassisted goals by senior Alexandra Webb of Woodland Hills, California (Calabasas HS) and junior Erin Caton of Rochester Hills, Michigan (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep HS), then extended the lead to 4-0 on a pair of goals two minutes apart by junior Emily Deane of Rochester Hills, Michigan (Rochester Adams HS).

Kalamazoo responded with goals by Amanda Moss and Anna Dairaghi to cut the Hope lead to 4-2 late in the first half, but Deane capitalized on a foul by Kalamazoo's goalkeeper outside the crease, resulting in an almost uncontested goal with 25 seconds left in the half for a 5-2 Flying Dutch lead.

Hope then pulled away in the second half, striking for four goals in the first six minutes. Senior Audrey Park of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer HS) provided the spark, picking up a rebound after a Kalamazoo save and scoring her first career goal. Senior Dana Kym of Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville HS) added two more goals sandwiched around a tally by Webb, and Hope led 9-3.

Kym, who scored the winning goal in Hope's dramatic come-from-behind win at Adrian earlier this week, later added two more goals, giving her four for the contest. Deane also added her fourth goal. Webb and Caton had two goals each for the Flying Dutch, with Caton assisting on two other goals.

Hope outshot Kalamazoo 35-24 and scooped up 45 ground balls to the Hornets' 31.

Senior Alexandria Watts of Union, Michigan (Edwardsburg HS) made nine saves in goal for Hope. The Flying Dutch got strong defensive contributions from senior Mara Droppers of Winter Haven, Florida (Winter Park HS) and freshman Juliana Burlett of Hinsdale, Illinois (Hinsdale Central HS), who each caused five turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Kym and Park each had six ground balls and Webb five.

The Flying Dutch return to action Tuesday for an MIAA contest against Trine at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m.


Author: Gregory Chandler

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