by Eva Dean Folkert
Dominant scoring spurts in each half, plus the quick reflexes of goalie Laurel Frederickson especially in the second half, provided the separation needed for the Hope College women's lacrosse team to cruise past Kalamazoo College, 15-7, at home on Tuesday.
While the Flying Dutch offense reeled off five consecutive goals in the first half and four consecutive goals twice in the second half, it was Frederickson, pictured right, who applied decisive stops at critical times against the Hornets. The sophomore from Alto (Lowell HS) allowed only one Kalamazoo goal, while making five saves, in the last 30 minutes of play. Frederickson totaled eight saves for the game, many off of free position shots.
"When Laurel makes a save, it lights up the team and really revs everybody up and she did that today," said head coach Kim Vincent. "But overall, our defense really worked hard, pressuring the ball carrier and also working with the middle. They did a good job of that."
The win moves Hope's overall record to 7-2 and 2-0 in the MIAA. The victory also extends the Flying Dutch's win streak to five in-a-row, tying the record for its most consecutive wins ever. The Flying Dutch also won five consecutive games in 2013 and 2016.
Though Kalamazoo got on the scoreboard first with a goal less than a minute into the game, Hope went on a five-goal tear to bring the score to 5-1 with 19:29 to go. That run was a needed burst of offense. The Flying Dutch hit a rough patch and were outscored by the Hornets, 5-1, over the next 18 minutes.
With the game tied, 6-6, sophomore midfielder Paige Wilmer of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS) assisted on a goal by sophomore attacker Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township HS) with nine seconds to go in the first half, giving Hope a one-goal, 7-6, lead at the break.
Part of Hope's tough going was an uncharacteristic high number of turnovers (17) in the first half. The Flying Dutch ended with 29 for the game, eight more than Kalamazoo.
"(At half) we talked about how every possession and every little detail on the field really counts," Vincent said. "Taking care of the little things is going to get the big things done."
In the second half of play, the Flying Dutch got more big things done with Frederickson's goaltending and on-target attack, scoring eight goals to Kamalazoo's one.
For the game, the Flying Dutch's shooting percentage was an impressive 78.9% as they made 15 goals on 19 shots on goal.
Sophomore midfielder Carly Pieri of Alto (Caledonia HS) led the Flying Dutch in scoring with four goals plus one assist. She was joined by five teammates who added two goals each: senior attacker Allison Darnell, sophomore attacker Rachel Elder, freshman midfielder Madison McCreery, sophomore midfielder Madison Micho and Wilmer. Micho also led in assists with two.
Leading in caused turnovers were Pieri and junior defender Julianna Burlet of Hinsdale, Illinois (Hinsdale HS) with three.
Hope plays at home again on Saturday, April 6, hosting Adrian College at 3:30 p.m.