LEXINGTON, KY - The Calvin women's lacrosse team evened its season record at 3-3 with a come-from-behind 15-12 victory at Transylvania University Saturday morning. Saturday's game was played in a steady rainstorm but the Knights were able to beat the elements.
Calvin trailed 8-6 at halftime but scored nine second half goals and came up with a stingy defensive effort to get the win.
Trailing 10-8 in the second half, Calvin scored back-to-back goals by sophomore Carolyn Forbes (Farmington Hills/Marian HS) to tie the game 10-10. Transylvania scored with 16:29 to play to take an 11-10 lead but Forbes and junior Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) scored back-to-back goals to give Calvin a 12-11 lead and the Knights would not trail again.
Freshman Emily Cefaratti (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central HS) scored with 6:02 remaining to give Calvin a 13-11 lead and freshman Audrey Grabowski (East Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS) added a goal with 3:44 left to put the Knights up 14-11.
Transylvania (5-3) scored to make the score 14-12 but Cefaratti answered again, scoring with 1:37 left to help seal the win.
Junior goalkeeper Delaney Callahan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) was strong for the Knights in nets, making several key stops including three saves in the final 1:17 of play.
Callahan finished the game with nine saves.
Cefaratti led the offensive attack with five goals and one assist - setting a new Calvin single-game record for goals in the process. Forbes and Grabowski had four goals apiece while Busscher and junior Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS) had one goal apiece.
Busscher scooped up eight ground balls while junior Paige Noordyke was active with five ground balls and a pair of turnovers caused.
As a team, Calvin outshot Transylvania 32-28.
"The weather definitely played a factor in today's game," said Calvin women's head lacrosse coach Blake Boehm. "The rain and 40 degree temperatures made in a game of mental and physical toughness . Water logged sticks made passing difficult so our attack was a little less balanced than normal. "
According to Boehm, the Knights made adjustments at halftime that paid off in the second half. "In the first half, our biggest struggle was our ability to transition the ball out of the defensive zone. We made some adjustments to that allowed our players to take control of possession time. Our defense started clearing the ball more effecxitvely and we slowed down our offensive attack and focused on being deliberate with our scoring opportunities. "
Boehm also had praise for Callahan in goal. "Delaney Callahan came up with some stellar saves in the last couple minutes of the game that allowed our team to pull away. You could feel the momentum finally shift fully in our favor at that point."
Calvin will now prepare for its MIAA opener which is scheduled Wednesday night. Calvin will host rival Hope at 8:30 p.m. at Davenport's Turf Stadium.