by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College women's lacrosse team makes its fifth consecutive postseason appearance on Wednesday, May 1 in the semifinals of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
The fourth-seeded Flying Dutch play at top-seeded Saint Mary's College at 6 p.m. The winner advances to the Saturday, May 4 championship match to face either second-seeded Albion College or third-seeded Calvin College at the site of the highest remaining seed.
The MIAA Tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The national field is announced on ncaa.com on Sunday, May at 9:30 p.m.
Hope enters with a 10-5 overall record, while Saint Mary's is 12-5. The Belles went undefeated in regular-season MIAA matches.
The Flying Dutch set a school record for wins in a single season. They surpassed the 2017 mark of nine.
Under the direction of head coach Kim Vincent, Hope has qualified for the MIAA Tournament in five consecutive seasons. The Flying Dutch are 1-4 in semifinal matches. They defeated second-seeded Saint Mary's, 12-11, in the 2017 semifinals.
Midfielder Carly Pieri of Alto, Michigan (Caledonia HS) leads Hope with 42 goals this season. She is ninth among MIAA goal scorers. Saint Mary's Erin Doyle is first in the league and second in NCAA Division III with 103 goals.
Hope lost the regular-season game at Saint Mary's, 22-8, on April 13.
Video by Hope student Elle Merritt