ADRIAN, Mich. - Calvin opened its 2019 MIAA campaign in winning fashion with a 16-5 victory at Adrian Saturday evening.
The Knights used a lightning quick start to take control of the game, scoring three goals in the first 1:48 of play.
Calvin (6-3 overall, 1-0 MIAA) built an 11-1 lead on a goal by senior Genevieve Schneeman (Farmington, Mich./Farmington HS) with 12:04 left in the first half and forged ahead to take a 12-2 halftime lead.
The pace slowed a bit in the second half with Adrian (5-2 overall, 1-1 MIAA) cutting the deficit down to a nine-goal margin on two occassions. The Knights responded wiith a three-goal run keyed by a pair of give-and-go goals by Schneeman off feeds from freshman Megan Gilbert (Lansing, Mich./Holt HS) to seal the win.
Schneeman finished the game with six goals, boosting her season total to 31. Gilbert also had a big game on the attack with three goals and three assists.
Senior Skylynn Gyuro (Warwick Hills, N.Y./Storm King School) had two goals. Junior Jaimie Van De Burg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) collected one goal, three assists and three ground balls. Senior Lauryn Slachter (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Drew Jansma (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS) both had a goal and an assist. Junior Elizabeth Wiley (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian HS) had a goal, two ground balls and caused two turnovers. Senior Emma Tilma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) also scored a goal.
Senior Alyssa Gagnon (Minooka, Il./Minooka HS) was a key in the draw circle, winning 11 draw controls.
As a team, Calvin won 15 of a 22 possible draws. The Knights also held a 36-19 shots at goal advantage.
Senior Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School) chalked up four saves in posting the victory in goal.
COACHES QUOTE: "The Team played well today," said Calvin women's lacrosse head coach Blake Boehm. "We took care of business at the draw circle and in transition. Adrian has a fast and athletic defense that gave our offense some problems late in the game. Fortunately we were able to make some adjustments and respond."
NEXT UP: Calvin will host Alma in a conference match Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Zuidema Field.