Calvin Men's Lacrosse Fights But Falls to Hanover in Non-Conference Contest

Calvin Men's Lacrosse Fights But Falls to Hanover in Non-Conference Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Calvin men's Lacrosse team fell to Hanover in a non-conference matchup on Thursday evening at Eagles Stadium. 

The Knights started things out strong as freshman Chase Sparling (Novi, Mich. / Novi High School)found senior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice) and he fired a shot from deep to give the Knights the early 1-0 lead. This was Fosters fourth goal of the season. 

Calvin wasting no time, scored again minutes later as this time roles reversed as Foster located Sparling and he found the back of the net from just outside the crease. 

With just under two minutes in the quarter, Hanover's Bret Schell got the Panthers on the board as he scorched one from the side of the crease as it hit the top of the bar and bounced in. 

The Panthers struck early in the second quarter as Schell found Dallas Fonner to tie things up 2-2. 

As the quarter progressed, neither team was able to connect on another goal and as the half closed out the two remained tied at 2-2. 

With just over a minute into the second half, the Knights struck again as junior Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich. / Novi) connected with Foster and he recorded his second goal of the game to give Calvin the 3-2 lead. 

Hanover struck next as Schell found Jackson Wheeler and he tied the game back up. 

As the quarter began to close out, Hanover pulled ahead as Noah King blasted one from far out and the Panthers took the 4-3 lead. 

The Panthers came out dominant the fourth quarter as they went on a hot streak recording two goals within a thirteen second span. Schell connected with Fonner and he put one in the net. Next, Al Alessia found Ian Kimmins and he gave Hanover the 6-3 advantage. 

With under three minutes to play, it looked as is the contest was over, however, Calvin went on a hot streak of their own as they recorded two goals within nineteen seconds. Foster found the back of the cage as he claimed a hat trick. Moments later as Calvin had a man up, sophomore Nathan Jindra (South Bend, Ind. / John Adams)found sophomore Jacob Gandara (Santa Clarita, Calif. / West Ranch) and the Knights trailed by one with just over two minutes of play. 

The Knights fought hard to make a comeback with a few more opportunities to score, however they fell short as the Panthers walked away with the 6-5 win.

It was a tight contest as both teams had almost the same amount of shots on goal (Hanover 18, Calvin 17). Sophonore Goalie Gerrit Kurtycz (Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville)had twelve saves for the Knights. 

Calvin returns to action on Saturday as the Knights travel to Muskingum to take on the Fighting Muskies at 2 p.m.