Women’s Lacrosse Claims Second-Straight MIAA Title

Women’s Lacrosse Claims Second-Straight MIAA Title

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Calvin women's lacrosse became the first team since 2013 to repeat as MIAA champions in women's lacrosse. The Knights secured at least a share of the title with a thrilling 16-15 overtime victory at Saint Mary's. The 16-15 ringing of the Belles propels Calvin to 9-5 and 7-0 in the MIAA. Saint Mary's falls to 10-4 and 5-1 in MIAA play.

"I thought we played really well today," said head coach Blake Boehm. "Hats off to Saint Mary's; that was one of our toughest games of the year. They came out and really made us work. It is a great honor to win the conference and we are excited to host. We love having the home crowd and the atmosphere."

Junior Emma Tilma (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) opened the scoring on Saturday four minutes into the game. Junior Kelly Pepper (Wyckoff, N.J. / Indian Hills) was given the assist.

Junior Lauryn Slachter (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian) snuck the ball past the Belles keeper on a free position shot.

Senior Emma Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe / Chisipite Senior School) went coast to coast to make it 3-0.

The Belles rang off the next two goals to make it 3-2.

Emma Tilma snapped the streak and fooled the goalie off a pass from Emma Verrett.

Saint Mary's tied the game with two-straight goals.

Lauryn Slachter tallied her second goal to give the Knights the lead with 12:09 left in the half.

After a Saint Mary's goal, The Knights gained some separation with three-straight goals. Kelly Pepper scored two of the goals, with Emma Tilma scoring the other.

Saint Mary's did not back down and closed the half on a 3-1 run. The lone Calvin goal came from Emma Tilma.

The Knights were able to gain a majority of the possession to start the second half. Emma Hall started the half scoring two goals, with Kelly Pepper earning the assist on both goals.

The Belles countered with two goals of their own.

After a goal from Emma Tilma, the Belles tied the game at 12.

11 seconds later, Emma Tilma found the back of the net as the Knights quickly marched down the field. Calvin scored again 24 seconds later off the stick of Kelly Pepper.

The Belles closed the half on a 3-1 run to tie the game. Senior Amanda Davio (Okemos, Mich. /Okemos) had the Calvin goal.

Junior Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo. / Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School) kept the Knights alive with a critical save. With 10 seconds left in regular, Chalfant stopped a free position shot from Erin Doyle to keep the Knights alive.

The teams finished regulation tied at 15 and the Knights played their first overtime game since 2016, when Calvin defeated Transylvania.

Amanda Davio came up with a big draw control to give the Knights the ball in sudden-death overtime. After shots from Emma Hall and Amanda Davio, Davio became the hero with a goal on a free position shot to give the Knights the victory. Lauryn Slachter and Emma Tilma came up with ground balls in overtime to keep the ball with Calvin.

"It was definitely very scary," said Davio. "Nerves were all over the place. We all pulled through as a team, I could not have done that without everyone else. Today was a team effort and I am proud to be a part of this team."

Kelly Pepper led all players with eight points on three goals and five assists.

Emma Tilma finished with a career-high six goals.

Ellis Chalfant recorded 10 saves in the victory.

Amanda Davio led the Knights with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Madeline Baas led the Maroon and Gold with seven draw controls.

Calvin outshot Saint Mary's 34-33, with the last shot proving to be critical.

Saint Mary's finished with 28 turnovers.

In a game where possession was so important, Calvin had 34 ground balls to 27 for Saint Mary's.

With the victory, Calvin will be the top seed in the MIAA Tournament and will face either Hope or Trine. Albion and Saint Mary's will play in the other game.

Calvin closes the regular season on Wednesday at Trine.