GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The rivalry once again swayed in favor of the Calvin women's lacrosse team on Thursday evening. The Knights grounded the Flying Dutch 12-10 to improve to 8-5 and 5-0 in MIAA play. The loss sends Hope to 6-5 and 4-2 in MIAA play. The Maroon and Gold have now won the last eight meetings in the rivalry and lead the all-time series, 9-1.
"This was a good win for us," said Calvin head coach Blake Boehm. "A lot of people stepped up and kept us in front. There's a lot we can learn from this game and we'll have to keep working hard to grow every day."
Junior Kelly Pepper (Wyckoff, N.J./Indian Hills) broke the ice on Thursday with an unassisted goal with 26:15 left in the first half.
The Flying Dutch responded with the next three goals.
The Knights pushed back with a 5-0 run.
Up a player, junior Lauryn Slachter (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) took advantage of a Hope yellow card and fooled the keeper. Senior Emma Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School) earned the assist.
It did not matter that the Knights were down a player. Controlling a majority of the play on a Hope one-man advantage, sophomore Emma Verrett (Beaver, Pa./Beaver County Christian) cut through the Dutch defense to put the Knights up two goals.
Emma Verrett struck again four minutes later on a free position shot.
With 41 seconds remaining, Kelly Pepper fired in a shot past the Keeper on a free position shot.
Hope struck again with 14 seconds remaining in the half to make it a 7-4 game at halftime.
The Flying Dutch opened the scoring in the second half, but Calvin rallied to notch the next three goals.
Kelly Pepper got the ball past the Hope keeper on a free position shot.
Amanda Davio joined in on the free-position party with a goal of her own.
Things got interesting with a 4-1 Hope run Emma Verrett scored the lone Calvin goal that turned out to be the game-winning goal.
With the momentum favoring the visitors in orange and blue, Amanda Davio turned the tide after pickpocketing the Hope goalie and rushing at an open net and throwing the ball in to make it 12-9.
Hope scored again a minute later, but the Knights were able to hold possession and majority in the final few minutes.
Sophomore Sarah Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School) and junior Alyssa Gagnon (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) both caused key turnovers in the final few minutes. Junior Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School) also made a save on a free position shot to seal the deal.
Ellis Chalfant recorded seven saves in the victory.
The Calvin defense gave the Flying Dutch issues on Thursday and caused 26 turnovers. Amanda Davio, Emma Hall and junior Sky Gyuro (Warwick, N.Y./Strom King School) all caused four turnovers. Hope was also only successful on eight of 21 clear attempts.
The victory sets up a date for the MIAA title on Saturday afternoon with the Belles of Saint Mary's in Indiana. The Knights have won two of the last three titles.