GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Calvin women's lacrosse season ended on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Knights bowed out with a 21-4 loss to the Big Red of Denison, who are ranked second in the mid-south region. Calvin finishes the season with a 12-6 record. The Maroon and Gold earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament with victories over Hope and Saint Mary's in the MIAA Tournament. Calvin also posted a perfect 8-0 record in MIAA play for the second straight year. Calvin is the only MIAA women's lacrosse program to advance to the NCAA Tournament for three-straight years. Denison improves to 17-2 on the year and will face the winner of the Salisbury region.
"It's been a great season," said head coach Blake Boehm. "I'm proud of each of these players and the hard work and dedication they give to the program."
Sophomore Emma Verrett (Beaver, Pa./Beaver County Christian) scored the first goal for Calvin with 18:01 left in the first half as she ran left to right past the Denison keeper.
The two teams were then rushed off the field due to lightning in the area.
Senior Amanda Davio (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) scored on a free position shot.
Emma Verrett scored on a free position shot with 26 seconds left in the first half to send Calvin into the half trailing, 3-13.
Junior Sky Gyuro (Warwick, N.Y./Storm King School) had a team-high four ground balls.
Emma Verrett led the Maroon and Gold with four draw controls.
Multiple records fell for Calvin in 2018. Kelly Pepper finished with a record 53 assists. She also broke the MIAA and school record with 10 assists against Olivet. This year, Pepper moved into first place all-time at Calvin with 88 assists and was the first Knight to be named the MIAA Offensive MVP. Lauryn Slachter scored five man-up goals in 2018.
The Calvin senior class was consistent and powerful. All four years, the Calvin seniors with a 12-6 record on the year. The 48 wins are the most of any class in program history. They also posted a record of 31-1 in MIAA play and won their last 22 games. Over the past four years, Calvin has won three MIAA titles and three MIAA Tournament titles. Amanda Davio finishes her career second all-time in points at Calvin with 239 on 202 goals and 37 assists. Madeline Baas (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) walks away with 384 draw controls, the most in program history. Emma Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School) is fourth all-time in caused turnovers with 48 and sixth in ground balls with 89. All three seniors are the program leaders in games played and started.