by Eva Dean Folkert
The Hope College women's lacrosse team had its team-record six-game win streak come to a halt on Saturday at Saint Mary's College. The Flying Dutch were topped by the Belles, 22-8.
The win sustained Saint Mary's undefeated MIAA record at 5-0. They are 9-5 overall.
The loss drops Hope's record to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA. The next two-game stretch will be a testing one for the Flying Dutch. On Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m., they play defending league champion Calvin College (9-4, 4-1) at home, and on Saturday, April 20, they travel to Albion College to take on the Britons who are also undefeated in the MIAA at 5-0 while being 10-3 overall.
To start, it looked like Hope and Saint Mary's were about to embark on a torridly-paced, seesaw battle. The Belles scored the game's first goal five minutes and eight seconds in to the game, but then Hope senior attacker Allison Darnell of Farmington Hills (North Farmington HS) found the back of the net 20 seconds later off an assist from freshman midfielder Madison McCreery of Rockford (Rockford HS) to tie the game at 1-1 at the 24:32 mark.
But that was as close as the Flying Dutch would ever get to the Belles again. Saint Mary's went on to have three scoring bursts of three, four and four unanswered goals in-between the Flying Dutch's four goals in the first half. After 30 minutes, Saint Mary's led 14-4, and Hope could not make up ground as the Belles built their lead in the second half.
Hope was led in scoring by sophomore midfielder Paige Wilmer of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS) with three goals and an assist. Sophomore attacker Paige Rosenbrook of East Lansing (Haslett HS) and Darnell added two goals each. McCreery led in assists with two.
Defensively, sophomore Sydney Muller of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Julianna Burlet of Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central HS) caused four and three turnovers, respectively, against the Belles.