BEXLEY, OH - Calvin fell behind early against the Capital University Crusaders and could never get over the hump as the Knights dropped an 11-8 decision Saturday afternoon.
Calvin (1-2) fell behind 4-0 in the opening 13 minutes of the first half. Calvin freshman Emily Cefaratti (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central HS) scored on a free position shot to make the score 4-1 but the host Crusaders (2-0) countered with back-to-back goals to grab a 6-1 lead.
Senior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) scored on a feed from freshman Audrey Grabowski (East Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS) shortly before the first half ended to bring the Knights to within 6-2.
Capital came out strong early in the second half, building a 9-4 lead before the Knights countered with a late come-back, closing to within 10-8 inside the final two minutes of play but another Capital goal sealed Calvin's fate.
Cefaratti had another big game with four goals, one assist and five points for Calvin in a losing cause. Sophomore Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marian HS) added two goals while Holwerda had a goal and an assist and junior Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS) one goal.
Senior goalie Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had six saves in defeat.
Calvin picked up 26 ground balls to the 17 collected by Capital was able to score on 11 of its 26 shots while Calvin was just 8-for-26 shooting.
Calvin is back in action next Wednesday when it travels to rival Hope for a non-conference game slated to start at 4 p.m.