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Hope College Weekend Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder


Hope Tops Calvin In Penalty Kicks For MIAA Tourney Title

Hope goalkeeper Ethan Beswick denied Calvin’s two top goalscorers during a shootout to help hand the Flying Dutchmen the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament Championship.

Hope outscored the Knights 5-4 in penalty kicks Saturday at Calvin to also earn the league’s berth to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

The Flying Dutchmen enjoyed a sweet reversal of their first visit to Grand Rapids where they lost 5-1 after Calvin scored five unanswered goals.

“Coming back, it was more excitement. We got embarrassed here last time,” said Beswick, a sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS). “To have an opportunity on their home field for a conference championship … that’s what we’re playing for.  We looked at it as a great opportunity rather than ‘Oh, we’re going back to Calvin.’”

Hope (16-4-2 overall) will learn its postseason assignment on Monday at 1 p.m. Click here for the link for the NCAA pairings show.

Hope coach Steven Smith, admittedly too nervous to watch each penalty kick, was thrilled with his team’s resiliency.

“We threw out our at-large bid a long tie ago when we lost to Trine,” Smith said. “We knew there was no out for us. Our guys had to play with that desperation. We play to win, or we go home. I’m really proud of the guys.”

The NCAA Tournament berth is the 11th for the Flying Dutchmen under Smith’s direction and third in fourth years.

The match went to a shootout after both teams scored one goal during 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute, sudden-death overtime periods.

In the shootout, senior forward Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) opened the scoring for Hope.

Beswick then stopped Calvin’s 26-goal scorer, junior Travis Vegter of Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), on the Knights’ first penalty kick by diving to his right.

Senior Matthew VanZytveld of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), senior Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and senior Max DeBoef of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) followed by successful conversions to keep the Flying Dutchmen ahead until Calvin’s Stephan Hooker of Hudsonville (Unity Christian) tied following Hope’s first miss.

Junior Cameron Dice of Allendale (Unity Christian HS) then beat Calvin goalie Andrew Claucherty of Sterling Heights (Madison Heights Bishop Foley HS) to set the stage for Beswick.

Beswick turned away the shot from Calvin’s second-leading goalscorer, Taylor Pruis of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), to send the Flying Dutchmen into jubilation.

“The first one set the tone for it. From there, I was living for it,” Beswick said. “You can’t focus on your going to take five shots. You have to take one at a time. You get scored on, you’ve got to forget about it. You’ve got another one coming at you in just seconds.”

Beswick made seven saves during regulation and overtime.

Dice scored in the 58th minute to give Hope a 1-0 lead. Calvin’s Sean Broekhuizen of Grand Rapids (South Christian HS) evened the score five minutes off a Pruis assist. Pruis matched the single-season school record with his 17th assist.

Calvin (14-5-1 overall) is left hoping for an at-large berth.

“It was a great game,” said Calvin coach Ryan Souders, the regular season MIAA champion. “They missed some chances. We missed some chances. They’re a good team. We’re a good team. I’m proud of our guys. Our guys fought for 110 minutes.”


No. 1 Flying Dutch Edged in Five-Set Thriller By No. 2 Calvin

Setter Lauren Hazekamp is looking forward to getting back to practice next week after a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament title eluded the Hope volleyball team.

The top-ranked Flying Dutch dropped a five-set heartbreaker to No. 2 Calvin on Saturday in Grand Rapids, as the Knights won 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12.

It was just Hope’s second loss in 31 matches this season.

“Volleyball is a momentum game, and unfortunately it was just on their side (late),” said Hazekamp, a sophomore from Fruitport (Fruitport HS). “We couldn’t answer this time. But that’s what practice is for.”

Calvin (29-1) pulled out the decisive fifth set by scoring 13 of the final 18 points. The Knights, who shared the regular-season MIAA championship with Hope, grabbed the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Flying Dutch are in line to receive an at-large berth when the field is announced on Monday at 11 a.m. Click here for a link to the pairings announcement.


Junior outside Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) topped Hope with a match-high 21 kills.

Senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and junior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa (Lakewood HS) added 10 kills apiece. Hazekamp chipped in a match-high 46 assists and a team-high 17 digs.

The loss snapped the Flying Dutch’s 16-match win streak.

Hope coach Becky Schmidt was happy with the improvements her team displayed from its last visit to Calvin — a three-set loss on Sept. 17.

“There were a lot of runs in this match that generally came off the serving and passing game,” Schmidt said. “There were times we were serving real tough and getting Calvin out of system, then we were at an advantage. There were times they were serving tough and getting us out of system.

“I think in the end it just came down who was going to be better in some of those out of system situations. Calvin limited (its) errors and found ways to put more pressure to have to make plays.”

No. 1 Flying Dutch Sweep Trine, Advance To Title Match

A three-set sweep of Trine Friday gave the top-ranked Hope volleyball team to play for a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament title and more on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch will play second-ranked Calvin at 5:30 p.m. for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Playoffs and expected opportunity to host a regional that will send one team to the Nov. 21-23 national championships at Hope.

Hope (29-1 overall) advanced by beating third-seeded Trine 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 in Friday’s first semifinal at Calvin.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) topped the Flying Dutch by recording a match-high 15 kills.

Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) chipped in 11 kills and a .500 kill percentage.

Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) added a match-high 33 assists and 12 digs.

Freshman libero Alexis Thompson of Monroe (St. Mary Catholic Central HS) had 15 digs, while sophomore Allie Mitchell of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS) had 10 digs.

Calvin (28-1) defeated Saint Mary’s 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 in the other semifinal.

Five Flying Dutch Receive All-MIAA Honors

Five Hope volleyball players have earned All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) recognition for the 2013 season.

Three members of the Flying Dutch made the first team — senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS), junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) and sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS).

Two of their teammates claimed second-team honors — senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) and junior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland (West Ottawa HS).

Grasmeyer averaged 4.06 kills per set and recorded a .324 kill percentage during MIAA matches for the co-MIAA champions.

Earles recorded 32 blocks and averaged 2.39 kills per set in league matches.

Hazekamp directed Hope’s offense with a 10.68 assists per set in MIAA games.

Schoolmaster topped the Flying Dutch with 35 blocks in league matches. She also averaged 2.09 kills per set.

VanderStoep netted 2.24 kills per set and had a .307 kill percentage during MIAA play.


Flying Dutch Fall In MIAA Tourney Final

Two goals in a span of 58 seconds sent the Hope women’s soccer team to a 2-0 loss at Calvin Saturday in the championship game of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.

The Flying Dutch fell to 16-4-1 on the season.

“We had a great first half,” Hope coach Leigh Sears said. “We came out in the second half well. We gave up that first goal, and the air came out of the tires.”

Christina Dorst’s header in the 60th minute put the Flying Dutch down 1-0. Kelly Koets added a second goal 58 seconds later for the NCAA Division III Tournament-bound Knights (18-2-2).

Hope goalie Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS) made four saves, including two on penalty kicks.

The NCAA Division III Tournament field is announced on Monday at 1:30 p.m.


Flying Dutch Sink MIAA rival Kalamazoo

The Hope women’s swimming & diving team won eight events to key a 160-139 win at Kalamazoo on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) dual meet action.

Hope went 1-2 in 1- and 3-meter diving.

Junior Erica Dunham of Rockford (Rockford HS) won the 1-meter with a score of 220.9 points, while sophomore Sarah Sheridan of Richmond, Ind. (Richmond HS) was second at 209.65.

Sheridan topped the 3-meter board with 267.85 points. Dunham took second at 209.0.

Sophomore Jorgie Watson of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.78.

Sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) won the 100 freestyle in 54.47.

Sophomore Hannah Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) went the fastest in the 200 backstroke at 2:13.87.

Sophomore Michelle Hance of Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville HS) took first in the 200 breaststroke at 2:32.48.

Sophomore Lindsay Wiederhold of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) won the 500 freestyle in 5:22.99.

The Flying Dutch finished off the meet with a top 400 freestyle relay time of 3:42.18. Hance, freshman Mikayla Freyling of Alton (Grand Rapids South Christian HS), Larson and Northuis comprised the winning relay.


Flying Dutchmen lose to Kalamazoo

The Hope men’s swimming & diving team lost to Kalamazoo 176-120 on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action.

Freshman Zach Diener of Lake Orion (Lake Orion HS) took first in the 200 freestyle with a swim of 1:45.86.

The Flying Dutchmen won the 400 freestyle relay as Diener, senior Jake Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS), junior William Greenlee of Northville (Northville HS) and senior Andrew Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) clocked a time of 3:15.65.

The 200 medley relay of Hunt, Alexander Perkins, Diener and Larson had a second-place effort of 1:38.91.

Individual runner-ups for Hope were Hunt in 100 backstroke at 55.48 and 100 butterfly at 54.12, Larson in the 50 freestyle at 22.31 and 100 freestyle at 49.14, sophomore Jeff Zita of Holland (Holland Christian HS) in the 100 breaststroke at 1:01.42, sophomore Dunlan MacLean of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) in the 1,000 freestyle at 10:43.53, freshman Christian Otteman of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) in the 200 backstroke at 2:02.25, freshman Jean Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1-meter diving with 240.35 points and 3-meter diving with a score of 221.7.


Flying Dutchmen Skate to 8-1 Win Vs. Lansing Community College

Justin Glick’s hat trick helped the Hope ice hockey team skate to an 8-1 win vs. Lansing Community College Saturday night at Edge Ice Arena.

The Flying Dutchmen (9-2 overall) pushed their win streak to a season-high five games.

Glick, a senior forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., (Blackhawks Christian) also had one assist.

Junior forward Drew O-Brien of East Lansing (East Grand Rapids HS) chipped in two goals for Hope, which swept the weekend, two-game series. Sophomore goalie Alex Caradonna of Rochester Hills (Birmingham Brother Rice HS) made 15 saves.

Flying Dutchmen Rout Lansing Community College On Road

The Hope ice hockey team matched its season-high win streak of four games Friday by routing Lansing Community College 10-1 on the road.

The Flying Dutchmen (8-2 overall) host Lansing Community College at 9 tonight at Edge Ice Arena.

Senior forward Kyle Wollet of East Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) recorded a hat trick and totaled two assists to lead Hope.

Sophomore forward Ryan Restum of East Lansing (Okemos HS) chipped in two goals.

Sophomore goalie Eric Lipon of Brighton (Brighton HS) made 19 saves.