GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women's lacrosse team maintained its perfect conference record with an 18-1 victory over Kalamazoo College on Tuesday afternoon at Zuidema Field.
"The team played well today," said head coach Blake Boehm. "It's exciting to see them operate at such a high level. They're seeing each other, communicating well, and executing our game plan flawlessly."
Behind a six-goal effort by MIAA Offensive Player of the Week senior Emily Cefaratti (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) the Knights extended their win streak to six games.
With the win, the Knights improve to 7-5 on the year with a 5-0 conference record. The Hornets drop to 2-9 overall and 2-3 in MIAA play.
Cefaratti quickly added a pair of goals, including two on free position attempts.
Just after the fifteen-minute mark, freshman Emma Verrett (Beaver, Pa./Beaver County Christian) netted an unassisted goal to put the Knights up 5-0.
After another goal by Cefaratti, Pepper and sophomore Grace Einfeld (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) each scored their first goal of the afternoon.
In the ten minutes remaining before halftime, Pepper completed her hat trick with back-to-back goals while Verrett and Cefaratti also chipped in a goal apiece.
At the break, Calvin held a commanding 12-0 lead and had allowed only one Kalamazoo shot on goal.
Verrett scored thirty seconds into the second half to record a hat trick. The Knights' five additional second-half goals were scored by junior Emma Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School), sophomore Alyssa Oezer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), Cefaratti, junior Amanda Davio (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) and freshman Jaimie Van De Burg (Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian).
The lone Kalamazoo goal was scored by Vethania Stavropoulos just under seven minutes into the second half.
Cefaratti led Calvin's offense with six goals, four assists and three ground balls. The Knights outshot the Hornets 41-2 on the afternoon, also holding a 10-7 ground balls advantage.
Sophomore goaltender Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis CDS) collected one save in the victory.
The Knights are back in action on Saturday when they host rival Hope College in a battle for first place in the MIAA standings. Game time is set for 4 p.m.