Men's Lacrosse Races Past Northland College 21-10

Men's Lacrosse Races Past Northland College 21-10

By Gina de Haan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's lacrosse claimed a 21-10 victory over the Lumberjacks of Northland College on Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Knights improve to 2-3 on the season while Northland falls to 2-4.

Behind back-to-back goals by sophomore Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice), the Knights jumped out to a 2-0. Six minutes into the first period, Northland's Andrew Henderson put the Lumberjacks on the board, but Foster responded for the Knights, scoring unassisted to complete his hat trick. Senior Joel Schaefer (Clarksville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) followed with another unassisted Calvin goal, making the score 4-1.

Henderson scored again for Northland, but Calvin answered with two more goals, courtesy of junior Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Calif./Palm Desert) and Foster. 

Calvin outscored the Lumberjacks 8-3 in the second quarter to pull away. Freshman Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich./Novi) opened the quarter with two straight goals and senior Chris Griffin (Hartland, Mich./Hartland) added a third, giving the Knights a seven-goal lead.

After a Northland goal, freshman Andrew Gortsema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) scored on the man-advantage opportunity and Winkler scored again. In the final four minutes of the quarter, sophomore Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian) scored three unassisted goals to give Calvin a 14-5 halftime advantage.

Scoring was more balanced in the second half, as Calvin outscored the Lumberjacks 7-5. Schaefer, Griffin, Foster and Winkler each added one goal apiece to kick off the half. With 6:29 remaining in the third quarter, Gortsema netted another goal.

The Lumberjacks scored three straight goals, one late in the third quarter and two in the fourth, but Calvin closed out the game with the final two goals. With 6:08 remaining, Winkler earned his fourth goal of the afternoon, and in the final minute of play, Max Foster scored his sixth.

Calvin finished with a 41-26 shots advantage and a 38-16 ground ball advantage.

Foster led the Knights' offense with six goals on seven shots. Winkler followed with four goals while Bontreger also posted a hat trick. Griffin led the Knights with five assists, also adding a pair of goals.

Freshman goalie Mitchell Caldwell (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) recorded five saves in the win.

"We had a great week of practice and it was very satisfying to come out on top with a win this afternoon," said Calvin men's lacrosse coach Dave Hoger. "Our team is really starting to come together and I like the direction this team is headed. We are looking forward to a fun spring break trip next week."

The Knights will spend their spring break in the state of Texas. Calvin plays at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas next Wednesday and journeys to the University of Texas at Dallas next Friday.