By Gina de Haan
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - On Saturday afternoon, the Calvin men's lacrosse team traveled to Indiana to face the DePauw University Tigers in a non-conference matchup.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but an unassisted goal by sophomore Noah Nedd (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian HS) would get the Knights on the board with 4:52 remaining in the first quarter.
DePauw scored nine unanswered goals in the second quarter to possess a 12-1 halftime advantage.
Calvin outscored DePauw 3-1 in the third quarter. Freshman Griffin Sparling (Novi, MI/Novi HS) would break the scoreless spell, scoring an unassisted goal with just over five minutes left in the quarter. DePauw answered minutes later when Austin MacDonald netted a goal.
Calvin responded with back-to-back goals to bring the score to 13-4 heading into the final quarter. With 2:21 remaining in the third, senior Joel Schaefer (Clarksville, MD/Annapolis Area Christian) scored his fourth goal of the season. Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Brother Rice HS) recorded his first goal of the season, scoring in the final seconds of the quarter. Sparling earned the assist on Foster's goal.
In the final quarter, the Tigers outscored the Knights 4-1. Calvin's lone goal came with 11:01 remaining, when sophomore Austin Bontreger (Fishers, IN/Heritage Christian HS) fed Michael Winkler (La Quinta, CA/Palm Desert HS) for his sixth goal of the season.
Freshman Mitchell Caldwell (East Lansing, MI/East Lansing HS) collected nine saves in goal for the Knights. Schaefer led the Knights with three ground balls.
The Tigers outshot the Knights 52-19 and won 18 of the 24 face offs. DePauw scooped up 37 ground balls while the Knights had 11. Each team had 12 turnovers.
"We had a tough challenge against a good team today," said Calvin men's lacrosse coach Dave Hoger. "The guys fought hard and played until the last whistle. Our focus all season has been on getting better and improving as a team and we are making strides toward that. We're excited to keep moving forward."
The Knights will play their fourth straight road game next Saturday when they travel to Wabash. Game time is set for 1 p.m.