by Eva Dean Folkert
The Hope College women's lacrosse team struck first in its game against Albion College on Saturday but it would be the only lead the Flying Dutch would hold over the first-place Britons. Hope suffered its third defeat in a week, losing to Albion, 12-8, on the road.
Hope's three league losses came against teams that all are currently situated above the Flying Dutch in the MIAA standings. Now at 3-3 in the league and 8-5 overall, Hope is tied for fourth place with Adrian College.
Undefeated Albion leads the MIAA with a 7-0 record, 12-3 overall.
It was a first half of scoring bursts for Albion which reeled off runs of four unanswered goals in a matter of about three minutes early in the half and then three more goals in a row to end the half, 7-4.
In between, Hope had a nice run of three consecutive goals from the 23:03 to 20:10 marks.
After halftime, the Britons opened their lead to the game's largest margin, 10-5, but the Flying Dutch did not back down, answering back with three unanswered goals to pull within two, 10-8, with 10:14 to go.
That would be the end of Hope shots finding the back of Albion's net, though. Two more Briton goals brought the contest to its final score.
Hope goalie Laurel Frederickson of Alto (Lowell HS), pictured, had a stellar game in net despite the loss. The sophomore tied her highest saves in a game with 19. Since Albion had 31 shots on goal, Frederickson recorded a 61% save rate, a percentage 19% higher than her league save average prior to playing the Britons.
The Flying Dutch attempted 14 shots on goal. Scoring multiple goals for Hope was sophomore Carly Pieri of Alto (Caledonia) with three and sophomore Rachel Elder of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) and sophomore Jane Ragains of Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township HS), with two each.
Sophomore Paige Wilmer of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS) added one goal and picked up five ground balls.
On defense, junior Julianna Burlet of Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central HS) led the way with five caused turnovers.
The Flying Dutch finish their regular season at home with games against Alma on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. and against Trine on Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m.