Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Calvin Men's Lacrosse Falls to Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin men's lacrosse team concluded its season with a 15-3 loss to rival Hope Wednesday night in an MIAA Tournament semifinal at Van Andel Stadium.

Making its first-ever appearance in the MIAA Tournament, Calvin fell behind 4-0 after one quarter of play. Hope (13-3) outscored Calvin (10-8) 6-1 in the second quarter, scoring three goals in a two-minute span early in the period, en route to taking a 10-1 halftime lead.

The pace of the game slowed in the second half but the Knights were unable to get any closer than an eight-goal margin the rest of the way.

Senior Max Foster (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) had two of Calvin's three goals while senior Austin Bontreger (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian HS) scored the other. Senior Noah Nedd (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) came up with a team-high five ground balls. Junior Nick Pitre (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence HS) caused five turnovers and scooped up three ground balls. Sophomore Gerrit Kurtycz (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville HS) tallied 17 saves along to go with four ground balls. Kurtycz finished the season with 227 saves, good for second place on the Calvin single-season list, just one save behind the school record of 228 set by Tristan Parece in 2016. He did set a new Calvin single-season record for save percentage (.629).

Hope was able to control possession of the game, winning 14 of 21 faceoff opportunities while forcing Calvin into 35 turnovers. Hope also outshot Calvin 52-19.

Wednesday's game also marked the collegiate finale for Calvin seniors Noah Nedd, Austin Bontreger, Max Foster and Joel DeJonge (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS). Foster moved up to second place on the Calvin career list for goals (85) assists (36) and points (121). Nedd finished his career with 263 ground balls, ranking second on the Calvin career list. Bontreger finished his career with 60 goals, 29 assists and 89 points to rank fifth on the Calvin career list for goals, fourth in assists and fifth in points. DeJonge helped lead a Knight defense that posted a 7.95 goals-against-average, breaking the previous Calvin single-season record of 11.41 set in 2018.

Collectively they helped Calvin hit double-digit wins for the first time in program history.

COACHES COMMENT: "I'm extremely proud of our team and what we accomplished this year," said Calvin men's lacrosse coach Dave Hoger. "Our seniors were integral to our success and their leadership will be missed. We are excited for the future of the program and can't wait to get to work this off-season."