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Hope College Weekend Roundup

by Carolyn Binder


Flying Dutchmen Defeat Calvin 71-63 In 186th Edition Of The Rivalry

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Hope center Nate VanArendonk slapped five with fellow students in the Dew Crew cheering section behind the bench.

It was a fitting ending to the triumphant scene at Van Noord Arena.

VanArendonk, a senior from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), put together the finest performance of his collegiate career against arch-rival Calvin College to help lead the Flying Dutchmen to an authoritative 71-63 victory Saturday.

Alex Eidson, a sophomore guard from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), led all scorers with 23 points before a crowd of 4,800, including a season-high six 3-point field goals.

Van Arendonk had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He started both halves with rim-rattling dunks and earned the praise of Hope men's basketball coach Matt Neil for setting the tone offensively and defensively throughout the game.

“It's really good for him to feel good about how he played,” Neil said of his 6-foot-10 center. “He rose to the occasion. He told me before the game, 'Coach, it's going to be a good day.' And it was.”

Hope (8-5) improved to 2-0 at the start of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association schedule.

The Flying Dutchmen, who stretched their winning streak this season to five games, upped their record to 6-4 against Calvin (9-4, 1-1) at Van Noord Arena and improved to 7-3 against the Knights under Neil's leadership.

It upped Hope's advantage in the all-time series to 97-89 and wiped away memories of last season, when the Flying Dutchmen suffered a pair of losses to the Knights, including the MIAA Tournament championship game.

“It was a big day for our whole team,” Van Arendonk said. “To come here and get a win, this is what we needed today. In the past, we've been saying, 'Put together two halves and 40 minutes.' Tonight, I feel like our team finally put 40 minutes together. We're all happy and we all feel really good about this win.

“I wouldn't have cared if I score two points or 14, it's just good to get this win as a team.”

Hope never trailed after erupting for a 10-0 scoring run in the opening minutes of the contest. The Knights were ahead 4-2, but VanArendonk hit a short jumper and fed teammate Brock Benson of Willowbrook, Ill. (Hinsdale South HS) in the post for another easy basket to ignite the run.

Eidson added a pair of exclamation points with a pair of 3-pointers.

Eidson connected on four of five shots from behind the arc in the first half. The last of those ended up being a from the right corner along the baseline that splashed through the net as the buzzer sounded. It propelled Hope to a 34-31 halftime lead and set the stage for even more fireworks from the Dutchmen in the second half.

"Obviously, it's a big game. We try to play every game like it's a championship game," Eidson said.

The Knights rallied to tie it up 41-41 midway through the second half.

Eidson, who finished with five assists and just one turnover, scored the next eight points, including two more 3-pointers, to fuel an 18-4 run. Van Arendonk hit a nifty hook shot during the run and freshmen Cody Stuive of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) and Chad Carlson of Rockford (Rockford HS) contributed 3-pointers to help seal the outcome.

Hope matched its season high as a team with nine 3-pointers in the game.

“It was a terrific basketball game between two great teams,” Neil said. “(VanArendonk) got us off to a good start and Eddy hit some from the outside. Our focus has been pretty good about playing our rival.”

An emphasis on post play made all the difference, he added.

Neil pointed to the 44-36 rebounding advantage for the Dutchmen and a commitment to defending the post as the biggest key to the contest. Calvin senior center Tyler Kruis scored 15 points, but Hope's interior defense forced him into 4-of-14 shooting from the field and limited him to just four rebounds and no blocked shots.

“The establishment of our post defense really made a difference. We went right at 'em,” Neil said.

Eidson, VanArendonk and Stuive, who finished with 10, all achieved season highs in the contest. Sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), had 11 points, seven assists and three steals while Benson had four points.


Flying Dutch Defeat Adrian 71-52 At Home

Maura McAfee recorded her sixth double-double of the season to lead the nationally ranked Hope College women’s basketball team to a 71-52 win against Adrian on Saturday at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The sophomore forward from Midland (Midland HS) matched her season best with 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action.

McAfee came within one rebound of equaling her season-high for rebounds of 16 against Calvin on Nov. 19.

Team Poster Day drew a season-high DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,119 for the Flying Dutch.

Hope coach Brian Morehouse thanked all the Hope fans for their attendance amid a busy day with the Hope men’s basketball team playing at Calvin in Grand Rapids.

“I think that speaks well to the respect level that our community has for our women’s basketball program and the tremendous support that we have for both programs,” Morehouse said after he and his players signed their posters for local youth after the game. “I’m sure there were a ton of Hope fans at the men’s game, and rightly so. That’s a huge game.

“What a great turnout for our women’s game. The support we have we do not take for granted.”

Hope raised its record to 14-0 overall and 6-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 by USA Today NCAA Division III coaches poll and No. 5 by d3hoops.com.

Hope raced out to a 40-17 halftime lead as McAfee scored 11 points and collected nine rebounds.

“Mac is playing really, really well right now,” Morehouse said. “She’s stepping out and knocking down outside shots. It’s not just layups and post moves. She has an inside-outside game. She’s just like a heat-sinking missle when the ball goes off the rim. She’s going to go find it.”

Freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) chipped in 10 of her 14 points during the first half. Gaddy came within two points of matching her season-high of 16 points in the win against Calvin.

The Flying Dutch dropped Adrian to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the MIAA.


Flying Dutchmen Second At Wheaton Quad Meet

The Hope men’s swimming & diving team won three events to finish second at the Wheaton (Ill.) quad meet on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with 453.5 points, 14 more than third-place Kalamazoo. Lake Forest (Ill.) won with 500 points, while Wheaton (434) was fourth.

Hope senior Jake Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS) posted the best efforts in two events. He won the 100 freestyle in 47.71 seconds, while teammate Andrew Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) was second in 48.18.

Hunt also tied for first in the 50 freestyle. He posted a time of 21.89 seconds, as did Kalamazoo’s Dylan Shearer.

Hunt swam the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay that placed first. Freshman Zach Diener of Lake Orion (Lake Orion HS), Hunt, junior Will Greenlee of Northville (Northville HS) and Larson posted a time of 3:11.55.

The Flying Dutchmen also took second in two more events.

Diener finished runner-up in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.39.

Freshman Dan Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS), was second in the 200 backstroke in 2:01.96.

Flying Dutchmen Diver Sweeps At Calvin

Diver Jean-Luc Miralda won two events during a meet at Calvin on Saturday.

The freshman from Tegucialpa, Honduras (Honduras American), finished first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

Miralda posted a winning score of 416.95 points on the 1-meter board.

On the 3-meter board, Miralda totaled a score of 387.65 points.


Flying Dutch Runner-up At Wheaton Quad

The Hope women’s swimming & diving team finished first in two events and took second place at the Wheaton (Ill.) quad meet on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch totaled 474 points. Wheaton won with 571 points, while­ Kalamazoo (453) took third and Lake Forest (256) was fourth.

Freshman Molly Meyer of South Bend, Ind. (John Adams HS) clocked the top time in the 200-yard backstroke of 2:12.76. She led a 1-2-3 finish for the Flying Dutch — sophomore Hannah Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) second in 2:15.19 and senior Maria Kieft of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) in third at 2:16.26.

Sophomore Jorgie Watson of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.64.

Sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) came in second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.29 seconds and in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.40

Sophomore Lindsey Wiederhold of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) finished runner-up in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:18.46.

The Flying Dutch also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:40.79 (Meyer, Northuis, junior Luisa Burgess of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Taylor Allderice HS) and freshman Mikalya Freyling of Alto (Grand Rapids South Christian HS).

Flying Dutch Diver Wins At Calvin

Diver Sarah Sheridan took first place in two events during a meet at Calvin on Saturday.

The sophomore from Richmond, Ind. (Richmond HS), won the 1-meter event with a score of 397.55 points and the 3-meter board with a score of 462.10 points.

Junior Erica Dunham of Rockford (Rockford HS), came in fourth for Hope on 1-meter with 385.35 points and the 3-meter with a total of 391.95 points.


Flying Dutchmen Sweep Two-Game Series from IPFW

Sophomore goalie Eric Lipon of Brighton (Brighton HS) made 17 saves for the Hope ice hockey team to shut out Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 7-0 on Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Flying Dutchmen (16-2 overall) swept the two-game weekend series in American College Hockey Association play.

Junior forward Caleb Morgan of Traverse City (Traverse City Central HS) scored twice for Hope.


1.  Justin Glick from Eric Lipon
2.  Caleb Morgan from Caleb Digison and Drew O'Brien
3.  Jamie Haak from Jared Lehman and Austin Bremer
4.  Ryan Restum from Caleb Digison and Drew O'Brien
5.  Drew O'Brien from Caleb Digison
6.  Caleb Morgan from Justin Glick
7.  Kyle Wollet from Jamie Haak and Christian Leathley

On Friday, the Flying Dutchmen defeated Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne 6-1 on the road.

Six different players scored for the Flying Dutchmen. Senior goalie Drew Cook of Columbus, Ohio  (Upper Arlington HS) made 22 saves for Hope.


1.  Justin Glick from Caleb Morgan

2.  Caleb Morgan from Caleb Digison and Ryan Restum

3.  Austin Bremer from Jared Lehman

4.  Jamie Haak from Justin Glick and Austin Bremer

5.  Eric Newman from Caleb Digison and Kaleb Skinner

6.  Eric Webb from Justin Glick and Caleb Morgan