By Mark DeHaan
Trine University visited Zuidema Field for a women's lacrosse conference matchup with the Knights on Saturday afternoon. Calvin, after holding a 9-4 lead at halftime, dominated the Thunder in the second half by a 9-1 goal margin en route to an 18-5 victory.
The Knights scored three goals in the opening five minutes of the game to take an early 3-0 lead.
After a goal by the Thunder, three more goals from Calvin put the Knights up 6-1 with 18:54 to go in the first half.
Over the remainder of the half, the teams played evenly as both team netted three goals, and at halftime, Calvin held a 9-4 lead.
Out of the break, the teams each scored a goal to start, but the Knights defense then clamped down, holding the Thunder without a goal for final 25:54 of the game.
Calvin's offense, meanwhile, scored eight goals to put the game away in dominating fashion as the Knights claimed an 18-5 win.
Calvin built a 45-14 shots advantage by the end of the game while also holding a 34-19 edge in ground balls.
Freshman Emily Cefaratti led the Knights with five goals and two assists on the afternoon, while freshman Audrey Grabowski added four goals and an assist and senior Michelle Holwerda one goal and five assists.
For Trine, Darcy Little netted three goals while Taylor Gast had one goal and two assists.
"We had some objectives that we wanted to work on today, which were being crisp with our passing and catching and dominating on ground balls, which we did," said head coach Black Boehm. "We made a big adjustment in the second half, being more careful with possession and winning the middle of the field – draw controls and ground balls really proved to be the determining factors."
With the win, Calvin improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA while Trine falls to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in league play.
The Knights now look forward to next Saturday, when Albion College travels to Zuidema Field for an important MIAA matchup. The contest with the Britons is scheduled for 1 p.m.