Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Alma

Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Alma
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Calvin men's lacrosse team put up a fight but fell to visiting Alma 22-11 Wednesday afternoon at Calvin's Zuidema Field.
A goal by Calvin senior Chris Griffin (Hartland, Mich./Hartland HS) with 8:39 left in the second quarter tied the score 5-5 but Alma (10-5 overall, 4-2 MIAA) closed out the half on a 5-1 scoring run to lead 10-6 at halftime.
The Scots then scored the first five goals of the second half to take control of the game. The Knights (4-11 overall, 0-6 MIAA) scored three goals in the fourth quarter to chip into the deficit but could  not overomce the overall Alma offensive attack.

Griffin tallied six points on two goals and four assists. Senior Joel Schaefer (Clarksville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian HS) had two goals as did junior Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Ca./Palm Desert HS) and freshman Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich./Novi HS). Sparling also had an assist in the contest.

Sophomore Noah Nedd (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a goal and four assists. Nedd's goal came in the opening seconds of the second quarter as he collected a ground ball off a face off, roared through the middle of the field and whipped a shot past the Alma goalie. 

Sophomore Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) had a goal and an assist. Freshman Andrew Gortsema (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a goal.

Sparling's goal came late in the fourth quarter on a fast-break opportunity with sophomore Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian HS) igniting the play with a well-placed long bomb pass.
Alma was led in scoring by Daniel Buchy who tallied nine goals and an assist. He frequently connected with Chase Hunyadi who had two goals and 12 assists.

Junior Ethan Brown (Falmouth, ME/Falmouth HS) had eight ground balls for the Knights. Freshman Jon Gilbert (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian HS) had 13 saves in goal for Calvin.

Calvin closes out its season on Saturday with a conference game at Kalamazoo with the opening face off set for 1 p.m.