GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's lacrosse team ended the 2018 season with a bang on Saturday night. Calvin closed the book on the year with a 13-3 victory over Olivet. The Knights improve to 4-13 on the year and 1-6 in MIAA play.
"Tonight was a great way to end with our seniors," said head coach Dave Hoger. "Is was nice to send our seniors off with a win and something they will remember. It has been an honor to coach these seniors. I, unfortunately, have only been able to coach them for two years and I absolutely love them."
Freshman Noah Boelens (Round Lake, Ill./Grayslake Central) scored the first goal of the game to give the Knights the lead.
The Comets scored the next two goals to take the lead after the first quarter, but it would be all Calvin from there.
Up a man, senior Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Calif./Palm Desert) whipped the ball past the keeper off a pass from freshman Joe Son (Aldie, Va./John Champe) from behind the net. Junior Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian) and Max Foster scored in the final three minutes of the first half.
Calvin outscored Olivet 7-1 in the third quarter. Michael Winkler led all players with three goals in the third quarter. Junior Noah Nedd (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), senior Ethan Brown (Falmouth, Maine, Falmouth), Max Foster and Noah Boelens all scored for Calvin in the third.
With an open field, Austin Bontreger scored the final goal of the game with 5:35 left in regulation.
Calvin vacuumed up the ground balls on Saturday with 45 on the night. Ethan Brown led the way with eight.
Michael Winkler celebrated senior day with four goals.
The Calvin defense caused 20 turnovers on Saturday night.