ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Calvin women's lacrosse team was edged in a hard-fought battle in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament Second Round. The host Purple Raiders of Mount Union advanced to the third round with a 14-11 victory. Calvin finishes the season with a 12-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for second-straight season.
"Today's game was a tough one," said Calvin head coach Blake Boehm. "Mount Union is a well-coached team with some exceptional lacrosse players. We knew coming in, that the two teams were fairly evenly matched, and that the team that protected their possessions the most would likely come away with the win. We had a strong first half; we transitioned well, and capitalized efficiently on our possessions. In the second half, they applied more defensive pressure and we weren't able to respond. Even still, our defense held strong and kept the game close. Ultimately, we just weren't able to produce enough offensively."
Freshman Emma Verrett (Beaver, Pa./Beaver County Christian) was the first player on the scoreboard on Saturday. Scoring on a free position shot.
Sophomore Kelly Pepper (Wyckoff, N.J./Indian Hills) pushed the lead to two, sneaking the ball past the Mount Union Keeper.
The Purple and White scored with 23 minute left in the first half to make it 2-1.
The Purple Raiders would score the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead.
Junior Emma Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School) scored on a breakaway, outrunning the Mount Union defense and giving the Knights the lead.
The senior MIAA Defensive MVP, Emily Cefaratti (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) blasted a shot past the keeper to give Calvin a 6-4 lead.
The Cefaratti goal was the final career point for the Calvin senior. Emily Cefaratti finished her career as the school leader in points (294), goals (221), assists (73), ground balls (200), and caused turnovers (79).
Mount Union scored the next two goals to take a two-goal lead. Calvin would not go away however.
Emma Hall scored her second goal of the game to make it 12-11.
The Purple Raiders would add two more points in the final five minutes, to take the game, 14-11.
Sophomore Ellis Chalfant picked up eight saves on Saturday.
Junior Madeline Baas (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) had 12 draw controls against Mount Union; the Purple Raiders had 13 as a team.
"I'm extremely proud of this team and the way they played this season," said Calvin head coach Blake Boehm. "They have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to look forward to in the years to come. Our future is bright and I know if we stay focused and work hard, we can make it back here."
The Knights broke many school records in 2017. Calvin had 363 points, on 261 goals and 102 assists. The Maroon and Gold also tallied 261 draw controls and finished with a 7.17 goals-against-average. Individually, Madeline Baas had 153 draw controls and Emily Cefaratti caused 33 turnovers and five game-winning goals.
Calvin has reached the 12-win mark the past three seasons.