GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin Men's Lacrosse team defeated Adrian College 19-6 in a conference contest on Wednesday night at Zuidema Field.
The Knights came out strong as they took the early 3-0 lead.
With just under five minutes in the first quarter, the Bulldogs got on the board to tighten Calvin's lead to within two.
It didn't take long for Calvin to strike again as sophomore Noah Boelens (Round Lake, Ill. / Grayslake Central) connected with senior Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind. / Heritage Christian) to give the Knights the 4-1 lead as the quarter concluded.
Freshman Chase Sparling (Novi, Mich. / Novi High School) started the Knights off in the second quarter as he found the back of the net.
Adrian with one man up scored next to make it a 6-2 contest.
From that point on, it was the Knights who controlled the rest of the half as they went on to record six more goals and close out the half with the 12-2 lead.
The Knights remained on fire throughout the third quarter as they picked up four more goals to stretch their lead to 16-2.
Adrian started the fourth quarter out recording two straight goals. Calvin then answered with two goals of their own.
The two teams went on to exchange goals the rest of the quarter and as the clock ran out, it was Calvin who ran away with the 19-6 victory.
Leading the Knights was senior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice) with four goals and two assists. Bontreger had three goals on one assist. Boelens recorded two goals and three assists. Picking up two goals each was sophomore Jacob Gandara (Santa Clarita, Calif. / West Ranch), junior Griffin Sparling (Novi, Mich. / Novi) and freshman Nick Dueweke (Clarkston, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep). Sophomore Brandyn Louwsman (Imlay City, Mich. / Imlay City), and junior Nick Pitre (Jacksonville, Fla. / Providence) both had one goal while Sophomore Nathan Jindra (South Bend, Ind. / John Adams) had one goal and one assist. Chase Sparling also had one goal and led the team in assists with four.
Sophomore Goalie Gerrit Kurtycz (Hudsonville, Mich. / Hudsonville) picked up his eighth win in the net as he posted 13 saves.
Calvin outshot Adrian 46-36.
Head coach Dave Hoger stated, "I just want to say that the win tonight was a huge one for us as a Calvin Lacrosse program. It's the first time we've ever beat Adrian, the first time we've ever won two conference games, and the first time in Calvin Lacrosse history that we are guaranteed to finish with a winning record. That's a true testimte to our guys and the effort and the seniors and their leadership and it was great to get all of that on senior night. We are really excited for the future of the program and to get the train rolling."
The Knights return to action on Friday as they host Alma at 7 p.m. for a conference contest.