Women's Lacrosse Downs Adrian, Sets Team Record With Sixth Consecutive Victory

Paige Wilmer posing for a headshot Helen Holt posing for a headshot by Alan Babbitt

The Hope College women's lacrosse team followed familiar script when reaching a milestone victory on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch defeated visiting Adrian College, 11-7, behind contributions from a number of sources, including goalie Helen Holt, pictured left, and midfielder Paige Wilmer, pictured right.

Hope (8-2 overall) set a team record by extending its win streak to six games. The Flying Dutch twice previously had won five games in a row (2013 and 2016).

"Getting contributions from different players is the key to our game," head coach Kim Vincent said. "We don't have one or two playmakers. We rely on the whole team to make plays."

After improving its MIAA record to 3-0, the Flying Dutch remained in a first-place tie in the MIAA standings with Albion College and Saint Mary's. Hope's next game is on Saturday, April 13 at Saint Mary's.

Holt recorded six saves in her first start of the season. The sophomore from Myersville, Maryland (Middletown) also collected three ground balls.

"She showed us some great saves," Vincent said. "The team always rallies around our goalkeeper and the energy they got from her saves was incredible."

Hope supported Holt offensively by scoring the game's first four goals. The Flying Dutch builta  9-2 halftime lead and never trailed.

Wilmer equaled her career-high in goal scoring with three. The sophomore from Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) also recorded two assists.

Wilmer shared team-high goal scoring honors with sophomore attacker Rachel Elder of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) and sophomore midfielder Carly Pieri of Alto, Michigan (Caledonia).

"The top goal scorers always get credit, but there is so much more to the lacrosse game. Paige is one of our top all-around players," Vincent said. "She's a top player in all areas, not just in scoring."

Five different players contributed goals for the Flying Dutch. Sophomore attackers Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township) and Paige Rosenbrook of East Lansing, Michigan (Haslett) each scored once.

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