ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian edged Calvin 5-4 in a defensive struggle Wednesday night at Docking Stadium.
The host Bulldogs (1-10 overall, 1-3 MIAA) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with first quarter goals from Fernando Rodriguez and Kyle Sanderson.
Calvin (3-11 overall, 0-4 MIAA) came back with an unassisted goal by sophomore Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich./Novi HS) and a man-up goal by senior Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Ca./Palm Desert HS) with freshman Noah Boelens (Round Lake, Il./Grayslake Central HS) drawing an assist on the play. The goal by Winkler came with just 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
Adrian's Michael Turner scored unassisted with 10:14 left in the second quarter but Calvin junior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) leveled the score with an unassisted goal just over two minute later.
Rodriguez and Turner then hooked up for a go-ahead Adrian goal with 7:04 left in the quarter that allowed the Bulldogs to eventually take a 4-3 lead into halftime.
Calvin held possession for large portions of the third quarter and broke through for the tying goal with 5:56 left in the period as junior Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian HS) whipped in a goal off a pass from Winkler.
Both teams then fought for the go-ahead goal in the fourth quarter with the host Bulldogs breaking the deadlock with 9:35 remaining on a shot by Turner. The Turner goal slipped just inside the near post and gave Adrian a 5-4 advantage it would not reliquish.
Calvin outshot Adrian 15-4 in the fourth quarter and had two shots inside the final minute of play sail just wide.
Calvin held a 36-18 shots at goal advantage but Adrian goaltender Peter Dugan came up with nine saves. Adrian also held the advantage in ground balls, scooping up 32 ground balls to Calvin's 22.
Calvin was 18-of-24 on clear attempts and forced Adrian into 32 turnovers.
Senior Ethan Brown (Falmouth, Me./Falmouth HS) had another strong game defensively with six ground balls and causing five turnovers. Winkler also caused three turnovers to go with an goal and an assist.
Freshman goaltender Mitchell Wong (Schaumburg, Il./Schaumburg HS) caused three turnovers and came up with three saves. Freshman Nathan Jindra (South Bend, Ind./John Adams HS) also came up with three ground balls.
Calvin returns to action on Friday when it travels to Alma for a 7 p.m. conference match.