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Weekend Wrap-up in Hope College Sports

by Cassandra Basore

(HOLLAND) -- Forward Nora Kirk’s header with 35 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Hope College women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win at Kenyon (Ohio) College on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch won twice in less than 24 hours to kick off their season.

Hope’s next match is its home opener at Van Andel Soccer Stadium — Friday, Sept. 6 against Elmhurst (Ill.).

Kirk, a junior from Maumee, Ohio (Notre Dame Academy), buried a pass off a corner kick from junior defender Maria DeShaw of Holland (West Ottawa) to snap a 1-1 tie. Kirk now has two goals on the season.

Kenyon (0-2) tied the score midway through the second half at 67:48.

The Flying Dutch grabbed a 1-0 lead with 3:11 remaining in the first half on an unassisted goal from freshman midfielder Sarah Fazio of Holland (Holland Christian).

Hope goalies Lauren Kooy of Metamora (Flint Powers HS) and Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central) each played one half. Kooy collected four saves in the first half, while Dickson made four after halftime.


The Hope College men’s soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie with Allegheny (Pa.) on Saturday night in the season-opening Bergsma Memorial Tournament.

The Flying Dutchmen finished the two-day tournament with a 0-1-1 record.

Oberlin (Ohio) is Bergsma champion after going undefeated, including a 2-1 win against Hope on Friday. Allegheny finished 1-0-1 after beating Concordia (Mich.) on Friday.

Junior midfielder Gavin Midlam of East Lansing (East Lansing HS) gave Hope a 1-0 lead against Allegheny 1 minute, 58 seconds into the second half. He headed a shot from 12 yards out past Allegheny goalie John Lichina. Midlam’s first goal  of the season came off an assist from junior back Corey Stelk of Betendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley).

Allegheny evened the score at 1-1 in the 64th minute on Cameron Olsom’s first goal of the season.

The two teams then finished regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods without scoring in front of a Van Andel Soccer Stadium crowd of 775.

Hope goalie Ethan Beswick of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) totaled five saves in his first start of the season.

The Flying Dutchmen return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 4 when they host Madonna University at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.


Lauren Hazekamp has settled in quickly in her first tournament as the starting setter for the nationally ranked Hope College volleyball team.

The sophomore from Fruitport (Fruitport HS) led the No. 5 Flying Dutch to a 4-0 record at the Bluffton (Ohio) University Sommer Center Spiketacular this weekend. Hazekamp earned all-tournament honors in the process.

On Saturday, Hazekamp collected a match-high 33 assists and seven digs during a 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 win against Marietta (Ohio), then followed it with 28 assists and 10 digs in a 24-14, 25-5, 25-17 win against Case Western Reserve (Ohio).

Hazekamp helped feed senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central) for a team-high 11 kills against Marietta. The Flying Dutch hit .286 as a team.

Freshman Sarah Feldpausch of White Cloud (White Cloud HS) topped a balanced effort against Case Western Reserve (2-2) with eight kills. The Flying Dutch hit .292 as a team.

Hazekamp was one of six players to make the all-tournament team. One player from each team in the six-team event was eligible.

Hope returns to action Tuesday, Sept.  3 when it hosts Alma College in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams. Alma went 3-1 at the Bluffton Tournament, losing to Case Western Reserve in five sets.


Ben Lewis and the Hope College men’s golf team charged up the leaderboard on Saturday, rising four spots to finish third at the 17-team Olivet College Lou Collins Invitational.

Lewis, a junior from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) carded a 4-under-par 68 at Bedford Valley Country Club during the final round of the 36-hole, two-day event.

Lewis helped Hope post a final round team score of 283 and an overall score of 591.

Owens (Ohio) Community College won, while Bethel (Ind.) took second. Hope came in one shot behind Bethel.

Junior Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Northern HS) shot a final round 70 for Hope. The Flying Dutchmen also received on Saturday a 74 from sophomore Paul Bardenhargen of Cedar (Leland HS) and a 76 from junior Ben Lanting of Littleton, Colo. (Front Range Christian).

“Our putting was a little better today for most of us. Ballstriking was as well,” Telzerow said. “I think it’s important to be in the fairway. Today was our day in that area.”


Junior Montana Leep of Hastings (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) finished tied for eighth place at the Furniture City Classic Saturday to lead the Hope women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish in Grand Rapids.

Leep carded a 13-over-par 83 at The Mines Golf Course during the five-team, 18-hole event.

The Flying Dutch, in their season opener, also picked up scoring rounds of 90 from freshman Dominique Molinaro of Port Huron (Port Huron Northern HS) for a 12th place tie, of 91 for senior Mary Bradley of Pierson (Tri County HS) and junior Stephanie Stover of Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS) for a 14th-place tie.

Hope had a team score of 355 to trail champion Aquinas College (321), Calvin College (339) and Davenport University (341).


Hope College senior Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) repeated as women’s champion at Hope’s 48th annual Vanderbilt Invitational Saturday at Ridge Point Church in Holland Township.

McCormack ran a winning time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds to give Hope the individual women’s champion for the fourth consecutive time. It is the seventh time in 10 years the Flying Dutch have claimed the top spot.

Hope totaled 25 points — doubling up second-place Cornerstone University. The rest of the field featured Albion College with 59 points and Muskegon Community College with 18.

It is Hope’s fourth consecutive team title and 20th overall.

Hope also received points from sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS) in fourth at 19:01, senior Meredith Busman of Coopersville (Coopersville HS) in fifth at 19:24, junior Emily Wrozek of Clarklake (Hanover-Horton) in seventh at 19:28 and freshman Jessica Gaines of Sterling Heights (Utica Academy) in eighth at 19:32.


Senior Samuel Pederson of Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS) and the Hope College men’s cross country team won the 48th annual Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday at Ridge Point Church.

The Flying Dutchmen totaled 30 points to finish ahead of Albion College (40) and Muskegon Community College (62).

It is the second consecutive Vanderbilt title for Hope and 16th overall since the event began in 1966.

Pederson led the Flying Dutchmen with a fifth-place run of 26 minutes, 56 seconds. Hope also received points from junior Ban Zank of Midland (H.H. Dow HS) in sixth at 27:00, senior James Rogers of Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS) in seventh at 27:04, sophomore Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph (St. Joseph HS) in 10th at 27:19 and freshman Tyler Brinks of Commerce Township (Walled Lake Northern HS) in 11th at 27:20.