By Gina de Haan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's lacrosse team claimed its fourth win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a decisive 23-0 victory over North Central University.
With 8:17 left in the first quarter, Schaefer scored again, this time assisted by Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich./Novi). The Knights scored a trio of goals in the final two minutes of the quarter, courtesy of Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice), Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Calif./Palm Desert) and Andrew Gortsema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), to hold a 6-0 advantage.
Neither team scored for the first 6:16 of the third quarter until Griffin fed Winkler for another Calvin goal. Gortsema, Foster and Sparling also contributed to the third quarter scoring effort.
In the final quarter, Sparling and Schaefer posted two goals apiece, while Foster chipped in one.
Foster and Sparling led the Knights with five goals apiece, while Schaefer finished with four.
Calvin goalkeeper Mitchell Caldwell (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) recorded four saves in his first shutout victory of the season.
The Knights outshot the Rams 48-10 on the afternoon and held a 54-24 ground balls advantage. Calvin was 17-20 on clear attempts while North Central was 12-23.
The Knights are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Olivet. Game time is set for 12 p.m.