Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Kalamazoo in Opening Game Under the Lights at Zuidema Field

Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Kalamazoo in Opening Game Under the Lights at Zuidema Field

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin dropped a 13-7 conference match to visiting Kalamazoo Tuesday evening at Zuidema Field.

Tuesday's contest marked the first-ever Calvin men's lacrosse game under the lights.

Calvin (3-9 overall, 0-2 MIAA) met Kalamazoo (1-6 overall, 1-1 MIAA) on even terms for one half of play as the teams were tied 4-4 at halftime.

The Knights trailed 4-2 but used a man-up goal from junior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) and another tally from senior Michael Winkler (La Quinta, Ca./Palm Desert HS) to tie the score.

Winkler's goal was his second of the first half and came with 3:37 left in the second quarter. Winkler added two more goals in the second half but Kalamazoo outscored Calvin 4-2 in the third quarter and 5-1 in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Winkler finished the game with four goals and an assist. Also scoring goals for Calvin were freshman Joe Son (Aldie, Va./John Champe) and freshman Noah Boelens (Round Lake, Il./Grayslake Central HS).

Both teams won 12 out of 24 face-off opportunities but the Hornets won eight out of 14 in the second half while controlling possession of the ball as the game wore on.

Kalamazoo finished with a 31-25 shots at goal advantage including 20-9 in the second half.

Senior defender Ethan Brown (Falmouth, Me./Falmouth HS) had a strong game for the Knights with five ground balls while causing four Kalamazoo turnovers.

Freshman Mitchell Wong (Schaumburg, Il./Schaumburg HS) had nine saves for Calvin in goal.

The Knights return to action on Saturday night, hosting rival Hope at Zuidema Field at 7 p.m.