by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's lacrosse team engaged in a back-and-forth, defensive battle against Calvin College on Tuesday night.
The visiting Knights scored twice over the final six minutes to edge the Flying Dutch, 7-5.
Hope's record is now 8-4 overall and 3-2 in MIAA play. The Flying Dutch are in fourth place.
Photo by Steven Herppich
Goalie Laurel Frederickson of Alto, Michigan (Lowell HS) made 14 saves for Hope.
The Flying Dutch rallied from a 3-0 deficit midway through the first half to even the score at 4-4 on a goal from sophomore Rachel Elder of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids) 12 ½ minutes into the second half.
Calvin took the lead back 1 ½ minutes later, but Hope responded with a tying goal from sophomore Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township) with 6:36 remaining in regulation.
The Knights won possession on the draw control and charged up field for a go-ahead goal 37 seconds later from Jaimie Van De Burg. Calvin improved to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in MIAA play.
Hope midfielder Carly Pieri of Alto, Michigan (Caledonia) shared game-high scoring honors with three goals.
The Flying Dutch's next match is at MIAA leader at Albion College on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.