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Hope College Saturday Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Fall At Carthage In NCAA D-III Tournament

The tournament trail ended for the Hope College women’s basketball team with a 72-67 loss to host Carthage College on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.


The loss was the first of the season for coach Brian Morehouse's Flying Dutch, who were eliminated in the second round of post-season play for only the third time in their last 10 appearances. The Flying Dutch finished with a 28-1 record.


Sophomore Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS), hobbled by a sprained ankle suffered in Friday's first-round win, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.

Senior Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS), scored 16 points, all in the second half, while senior Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS), added 13 points.

The winning Lady Reds (26-3) shot 49 percent (27-for-55), the best by a Hope opponent, including 7-of-9, from 3-point territory. Hope, meanwhile, finished at 37% but was bolstered by a 45.8-percent effort from outside the arc (11-of-24).


Hope grabbed an early 4-2 lead, but Carthage reeled off eight
unanswered points to gain a 10-4 advantage. The Flying Dutch battled back behind McAfee who scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds before being whistled for her second personal foul. She sat out the last nine minutes of the first half.

Hope trailed at halftime for the second consecutive game, 34-27.

The Flying Dutch shot just 33 percent on 10-for-30 shooting in the first half while Carthage, behind strong inside play, was 14-for-30.

The Flying Dutch couldn't calm Carthage's inside game as the Lady Reds built their lead to 47-32 four minutes into the second half on 5-for-7 shooting.

Perimeter shooting brought the Flying Dutch to within seven points, 52-45, midway through the second half. Hope had eight 3-pointers at this point in the game.

Berry led a Hope comeback by scoring six unanswered points to bring Hope back to within three points, 54-51, with 8:31 remaining. However, Carthage scored the next eight points. Berry's third 3-pointer of the game brought Hope within six points, 62-56, with five minutes remaining.

Carthage built its lead back to double-digits, but there was no quit in the Flying Dutch.

Megan Kelley's 3-pointer brought Hope within eight points, 71-63,
with 1:43 left. Carthage went cold from the free throw line while Hope responded with four of their own to come back with four points, 71-67, with 30 seconds left. Hope still had a chance with 10 seconds remaining, but a turnover ended the comeback dream.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Flying Dutchmen Lose At DePauw 8-6

Freshman Gunnar Elder of East Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) scored twice for the Hope College men’s lacrosse team in an 8-6 loss at DePauw (Ind.) University on Saturday in Greencastle, Ind.

The Flying Dutchmen dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Senior Niko Pagkanlungan of Naples, Fla. (Barron Collier HS), added one goal and one assist for Hope.

The Flying Dutchmen also received goals from freshman Zach Weber of Ann Arbor (Pioneer HS), junior Peter Stuckey of Okemos (Okemos HS) and junior Nicklas Raycraft of Brighton (Detroit Catholic Central HS).

Raycraft leads Hope with three goals this season.

Freshman goalie Connor Miedema of Holland (Holland Christian HS) made nine saves for the Flying Dutchmen.