ALBION, Mich. - Calvin dropped its first MIAA regular season conference game since 2016 on Saturday, falling at Albion 11-10.
The Albion victory snapped Calvin's 24-game conference win streak dating back to April 4, 2016, when the same Britons also defeated the Knights.
Calvin (7-4 overall, 2-1 MIAA) led 6-5 at halftime but Albion (8-3 overall, 3-0 MIAA) went on a 4-1 scoring run to open the second half and never trailed again.
Calvin tied the game 7-7 on a goal by freshman Drew Jansma (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS) with 21:51 left but the Britons responded with back-to-back goals to take a 9-7 lead.
The two teams then traded goals the rest of the way as Albion remained in front of the Knights to gain the win.
The Knights closed to within a goal at 10-9 on a score by freshman Megan Gilbert (Lansing, Mich./Holt HS) with 6:28 remaining but Albion goaltender Jenina Villabroza stopped three Calvin shots on goal. The Britons then came up with a key clear with 1:17 remaining and then scored a clinching goal with 14 seconds remaining to go up 11-9. The Knights did tally a goal by junior Sarah Hall (Harare, Zimbabwe/Chisipite Senior School) with four seconds remaining but ran out of time after the late score.
Calvin outshot Albion 38-31 but the Britons came up with 19 saves to Calvin's 14.
Senior Lauryn Slachter (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Gilbert led Calvin with two goals apiece. Gilbert, junior Jaimie Van De Burg (Lowell, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and senior Skylynn Gyuro (Warwick, N.Y./Storm King School) all had three saves apiece.
Senior Ellis Chalfant (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School) went the first 49 minutes in goal for the Knights and posted 12 saves. Freshman Meghan Economou (Hartland, Mich./Hartland HS) went the final 11 minutes and posted two saves.
Calvin travels to Olivet on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. conference contest.