By Spencer MacDonald
The Kalamazoo College women’s Lacrosse team dropped its final two games this season over the weekend falling 20-12 to Calvin College on Saturday and 15-10 to Olivet on Sunday.
The Hornets fell behind early to Calvin, giving up eight unanswered goals to start off the game. They were unable to rally back against the MIAA-playoff bound Knights, who currently sit in third place in the MIAA. Kalamazoo was led by the dynamic attack of first-year players Anika Sproull and Anna Dariaghi, who both netted three goals apiece.
Fellow classmates Thania Stavropoulos and Alivia DuQuet also tacked an additional two goals each in the loss. Calvin maintained their dominance throughout the first half as they entered half time leading 11-4. While the Hornets played the Knights evenly in the second period, they were outshot 40-25 and only converted on one of their five free position shots to Calvin’s five of their eight.
“Going into that game, we knew Calvin was ranked pretty high in the conference,” said senior starting attacker Marissa Dawson following Saturday’s loss. “We came out pretty flat at the beginning of the game, but once we realized we needed to step it up, we played really even with them.”
The Hornets then fell on senior day to rival Olivet, as they again dug themselves into an 8-4 hole in the first half from which they were unable to recover from. Senior Holly Cooperrider co-led the team in goals, scoring two in her final game. First years Stavropoulos, DuQuet, and Sproull joined her by finishing a pair each. Kalamazoo dominated Olivet on the stat sheet, outshooting the Comets 37-26 and 22-16 on ground balls controlled. However, they struggled again from the free shot position going 2-9 from the hash.
Kalamazoo wraps up what turned out to be a disappointing run, going 5-10 on the season with a seventh place finish in MIAA play. While the Hornets will miss the playoffs in their inaugural season, the future looks bright for the very young team. They return their top six goal scorers from 2014, including the midfielder Sproull, who racked up 52 goals during the campaign, good for fourth in the MIAA. First years Nicole Huff and Anna Dariaghi will be back as well, both coming off 20-goal seasons for Coach Emilia Ward’s team.
“For a first year program, the things we accomplished this year are amazing,” said Dawson. “This team has great potential so we set our goals really high. I think that in the next couple years or so, this team is going to rise in the ranks of the conference. I really wish I was staying around to play because I have that good feeling about this team and this group of freshmen who are going to be leaders moving forward.”
The Hornet Lacrosse family says goodbye to seniors Holly Cooperrider, Rachel Fine, Crestina Pacheco, Anna Eshuis, and Marissa Dawson. They all played their final game Sunday against Olivet.