Calvin Men's Lacrosse Clipped by Farmingdale in Double Overtime

Calvin Men's Lacrosse Clipped by Farmingdale in Double Overtime

DAVENPORT, Fla. – The Calvin men's Lacrosse team fell to Farmingdale State in double overtime on Wednesday afternoon. 

Both teams came out competitive as neither were able to get on the board in the first quarter. 

Calvin struck first in the second quarter as senior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice)found the back of the net to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. 

With Farmingdale up a man, the Rams answered with a goal of their own to tie the game up. 

Minutes later and Calvin one man up, Foster connected with junior Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich. / Novi) and he scorched on in the next to give Calvin its lead back. Sparling on fire, recorded his second goal of the game and the Knights led 3-1 as the half closed out. 

The Rams controlled the third quarter as they recorded three straight goals to take the 4-3 lead. With under a minute left in the quarter, Calvin tied it back up as Griffin Sparling found sophomore Noah Boelens (Round Lake, Ill. / Grayslake Central) who blasted one in the cage. 

With the fourth quarter underway, the Rams took the lead back. With under a minute left of play as it looked as if the game was over, Calvin's Griffin Sparling connected with senior Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind. / Heritage Christian) and he hacked one in the net to send the game into overtime. 

Neither team were able to score in the first round of overtime so on to double overtime the game went. Calvin battled hard, but it was Farmingdale who was able to connect with the net and walked away with the 6-5 victory. 

Leading the Knights was Griffin Sparling with two goals and two assists. 

Farmingdale outshot Calvin 59 to 22. 

Sophomore goalie Gerrit Kurtycz (Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville) had 24 saves on goal. 

Head Coach Dave Hoger stated, "We played a great game today against a very good team. We had a few guys step up in huge ways and put our team in a position to try to win the game. Overall, we played very unselfish and disciplined and I'm very proud of our guys. We're excited to get back to work next week. 

The Knights return to action on Friday, March 29th as they host Carthage at 7 p.m.