CHICAGO, Ill. – The Calvin women's Lacrosse team fell to the University of Chicago 18-14 in a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Stagg field.
The Maroons took the early lead as with just over three minutes in, Karina Schulze found the back of the net. It didn't take long for Chicago to strike again as Abbey Pouba found Lally Johnson and she gave the Maroons the early 2-0 lead.
The Knights struck next as junior Jaimie Van De Burg (Lowell, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) blasted on in the net to record her first goal of the season and put Calvin on the board.
Just over a minute later, Chicago recorded their third goal of the contest as Schulze found Pouba and the Maroons extended their lead. The Maroons on a hot streak, minutes later struck again as Schulze recorded her second goal of the game giving Chicago the 4-1 lead.
Both teams battling back and forth, it was Calvin's junior Emma Verrett (Beaver, Pa. / Beaver County Christian)who scored next for the Knights as they trailed by two. This was Verrett's fourth goal on the season.
Once again, it didn't take long for Chicago to answer as with one man up, Anne Sensenig found the back of the cage. The Maroons wasting no time, scored again ten seconds later as Audrey Kaus gave Chicago the 6-2 lead.
Freshman Megan Gilbert (Lansing, Mich. / Holt) located the back of the net with a free position shot. This was Gilberts third goal of the season. The Knights quickly tightened Chicago's lead as first Van De Burg blasted one in the net to claim her second goal of the contest/season. Minutes later, Gilbert recorded her second goal of the game and put the game within one goal as the Maroons led 6-5.
Chicago not backing down, the Maroons answered to Calvin's run of three goals with a run of three as well to increase their lead. First, Lally found Kaus who scorched one in the net. Less than a minute later, Schulze recorded a hat trick and gave Chicago the 8-5 lead. The Maroons with good momentum, struck again less than two minutes later as Johnson connected with the back of the cage.
With under five minutes in the half and Calvin trailing by four, Verrett connected with Gilbert and she blasted one in the goal to record a hat trick on the game. The Knights found one more scoring opportunity in the half as Verrett recorded her second goal and tightened the Maroons lead to 9-7 as the half closed out.
The Maroons came out strong in the second half recording two more goals within four minutes in. Pouba struck first to record her second goal of the contest. Not long after, Pouba connected with Schulze and she fired one in the goal to recorded her fourth goal and put the Maroons up 11-7.
Calvin not backing down, Gilbert on fire fought through the defense and blazed one in the net. The Knights using that momentum struck again less a minute later as Verrett recorded a hat trick and put the game to within two.
The Knights on fire, continued to make a comeback as senior Lauryn Slachter (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) connected with the back of the cage as Calvin trailed by one. Minutes later, Van De Burg tied the game up at 11-11 and noted a hat trick.
Chicago continued to fight as Johnson located Ali Sheehy and the Maroons regained their lead. Wasting no time, fifteen seconds later the Maroons struck again as Kaus claimed a hat trick and put Chicago up 13-11.
Minutes later, Johnson connected with the back of the cage to record a hat trick and extended Chicago' s lead. The Maroons controlling the ball, struck again twelve seconds later as Schulze recorded her fifth goal as Chicago lead 15-11.
The Knights were finally able to make a stop as Gilbert located senior Emma Tilma (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) who blasted the ball in the net.
Chicago one man up, Maya De Jonge connected with Sensenig who recorded her second goal and the Maroons extended their lead to 16-12.
With ten minutes left of play, senior Genevieve Schneemann (Farmington, Mich. / Farmington) logged a goal for the Knights as they trailed by three.
Calvin not giving up, Verrett blasted one in goal to claim her fourth goal of the contest and make it a 16-14 game.
With just under five minutes of play, Chicago lengthened its lead as Sheehy found Pouba who recorded a hat trick on the game. The Maroons found one more opportunity to score as De Jonge found Sensenig and she claimed a hat trick as the Maroons walked away with the 18-14 win.
The Maroons outshot the Knights 30 to 24.
Leading the Knights in scoring were Gilbert and Verrett with four goals each. Senior Goal Keeper Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo. / Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)had five saves on goal for Calvin.
The Knights return to action on Friday as they travel to Carroll (WI) at 7 p.m. for a non-conference contest.