The Hope College women's lacrosse team battled the weather as well as the opponent before suffering a season-ending loss in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament on Wednesday night.
In a match that lasted four hours and 10 minutes because of lightning delays, the Flying Dutch lost at top-seeded Calvin, 14-8.
Hope finishes with an 8-7 overall record.
Calvin (11-5) started both halves with multiple goals, leaving the Flying Dutch to play catch up. The Knights charged out to a 3-0 lead within five minutes of the start of the game. Hope got its first goal at the 20:29 mark by freshman Carly Pieri of Alto, Michigan (Caledonia HS) but less than a minute later, the game was suspended for two hours due to lightning in the area.
Once play resumed in the first half, the Flying Dutch scored the final two goals of the half to pull within a goal, 6-5.
That was as close as Hope would get for the game. Calvin struck five times to open the second half, and the score moved to 11-5 after nine minutes expired. Pieri scored the Flying Dutch's first goal of the half off a free position shot with 18:49 to go. Calvin would go onto to maintain at least a six-goal lead the rest of the way.
Pieri led Hope scorers with three goals. Also scoring one goal each were senior Emily Deane of Rochester Hills, Michigan (Rochester Adams HS), junior Allison Darnell of Farmington Hills, Micigan (North Farmington HS), freshman Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Ilinois (Lyons Township HS), freshman Madison Micho of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS), and freshman Rachel Elder of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS).