By Mark DeHaan
The Knights women's lacrosse team hosted the Adrian Bulldogs on a sunny Saturday afternoon at East Grand Rapids High School's Memorial Field.
At the beginning of the season, Adrian was picked to finish first in the MIAA while the Knights were picked to finish fifth. Both teams entered Saturday's matchup with 1-0 conference records,
but it was the Bulldogs that kept their perfect league record by the end of the game as a 17-6 decision went in Adrian's favor.
Playing on her high school field, freshman Audrey Grabowski (East Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapis HS) scored the first two goals for the Knights, and junior Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) added another as Calvin took an early 3-1 lead.
Five straight goals from the Bulldogs put them up 6-3, but a response by Grabowski with 17:22 to go cut the Knights deficit to 6-4.
Over the remainder of the half, Adrian scored four more goals while shutting out the Knights to take a 10-4 advantage into the break.
The Bulldogs continued their unanswered goal streak out of the break, taking a 15-4 lead before a goal from senior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) ended the streak, bring the score to 15-5.
Over the remaining 7:27 of the second half, Adrian added a pair of goals while freshman Caroline Schneemann (Farmington/Farmington HS) scored one of her own for Calvin, and the Knights fell 17-6.
The Knights were outshot 37-19, while Adrian also held a 23-22 advantage in ground balls.
Grabowski led the Knights with three goals, while Busscher, Holwerda, and Schneeman each scored one.
For Adrian, Hannah Early had seven goals while Maddie Dugan, Brianna Plester, and TaShina Salas each scored three.
"I was really happy with the way our team came out, getting on the board first and getting the first couple goals," said head coach Blake Boehm. "Adrian is a great team, they have great athletes and they know how to work the ball. I'm really enthused with the way we came out."
The Knights now look forward to Tuesday when they will travel to Olivet to face the Comets, with face-off set to start at 6:00 p.m.