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Hope College Weekend Sports Update

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Outlast Calvin For MIAA Tournament Title

The Hope College women’s basketball team claimed its 13th Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament title Saturday night by defeating Calvin College 88-79.

The nationally ranked Flying Dutch held off a late charge from the third-seeded Knights to win the highest-scoring championship game in MIAA Tournament history and one of the highest-scoring ones in the Hope-Calvin rivalry.

Hope (27-0 overall) clinched the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,321. The 64-team field is announced on Monday at 2:30 p.m. on ncaa.com.

“It’s been kind of a rollercoaster ride,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse of his team’s season. “No one can deny that. We’re going to ride the thing until the end and see where this takes us.”

The Flying Dutch, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports coaches poll and No. 2 by d3hoops.com, received a career-high 27 points from sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS).

McAfee also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. She also collected five steals and three blocked shots.

Senior guard Brittany Berry of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS) matched her season-high with 20 points as Hope’s starters combined for 80 points.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS), scored a career-high 16 points, while senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) had 12 points.

Hope held on after Calvin (19-8) cut a 20-point deficit midway through the second half to four points with 3 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

“I thought we showed incredible resiliency and (Calvin) showed incredible determination to come back from being down,” Morehouse said. “Just a great Hope-Calvon game. I feel really fortunate we won and were moving on to the NCAA tournament.”

The NCAA tournament appearance will be Hope’s 15th in school history and the seventh in the past eight seasons.

The Flying Dutch are now 13-3 all-time in MIAA Tournament championship games and 7-2 against Calvin in such contests. Hope is 9-6 against the Knights in all MIAA Tournament games.

Hope is 29-10 against Calvin since 2000. The Knights lead the all-time series 66-44.

Saturday’s game is the second-highest scoring one in the Hope-Calvin rivalry. The record of 169 points was set on Nov. 19, 2013, during an 88-81 Hope win at Calvin.

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WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Flying Dutch Runner-up At Calvin Indoor Invitational

The Hope College women’s track & field team recorded the top efforts in three events en route to a second-place finish at the Calvin College Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch totaled 113.66 points over the two-day, eight-team event.

Senior Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) won the 1-mile run. She had a time of 5 minutes, 7.7 seconds.

The Flying Dutch posted the top time in the 4 by 800-meter relay. Junior Katie Afton of Kalamazoo (Portage Central HS), freshman Erin Herrmann of Wheaton, Ill (Wheaton-Warrenville HS), senior Anna Leikert of Grand Rapids (West Catholic HS) and sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS) teamed for a time of 10:20.44.

Campbell also won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:27.85.

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Flying Dutchmen Sixth At Calvin Indoor Invitational

The Hope College men’s track & field team won one event at the Calvin College Indoor Invitational and placed sixth in the team standings on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with 82 points and the two-day, nine-team event.

Sophomore Boone Marois of Traverse City (Central HS) won the 60 meters in 7.09 seconds.

Senior Steffon Mayhue of Holland (Holland HS) came in second in the long jump. He recorded a leap of 22 feet, 2 ½ inches.

DIVING

Flying Dutch Diver Poised To Qualify For Nationals

Hope College’s Sarah Sheridan put herself in position to dive at the NCAA Division III National Championships later this month with a strong performance at regionals this weekend.

The sophomore from Richmond, Ind. (Richmond HS), is among six unofficial qualifiers from the Denison (Ohio) University regional that concluded on Saturday. The NCAA announces the official diving field on Monday.

Sheridan finished fourth in the region in 1-meter diving on Saturday. She had a score of 443.40 points.

On Friday, Sheridan took fourth in the region in 3-meter diving with a score of 453.05 points.

Junior Erica Dunham of Rockford (Rockford HS) placed 13th in 3-meter diving with 406.55 points and 20th in 1-diving with 368.00 points.

In men’s diving, freshman Jean-Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American HS), placed 12th on the 1-meter board with 441.8 points and 19th on the 3-meter board with 402.10 points.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Lose In MIAA Tournament Title Game

The Hope College men’s basketball team lost 78-53 to Calvin College in the championship game of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen dropped to 20-7 on the season after their 12-game win streak was ended. They will wait until Monday to see if they receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III national tournament.

The NCAA pairings are announced Monday at 12:30 p.m. on ncaa.com. The show will be aired during the Hoops Club luncheon at the Maas Center.

“I’m not ready to be done, I’ll tell you that,” Hope coach Matt Neil said. “Having a second seed in the region might mean something, I don’t know.”

Calvin (22-5) claimed the league’s automatic NCAA berth. Hope still leads the all-time series 98-90.

Senior center Nate VanArendonk of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) and sophomore guard Sam Otto of Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton North HS), topped the Flying Dutchmen in scoring with 10 points.

VanArendonk also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Calvin overcame an early 13-2 deficit five minutes into the first half to lead 29-24 at halftime. The Knights outscored Hope 49-29 during the second half.

“We had four stops (in that early run) that resulted in turnovers or missed shots,” Neil said. “It was 13-2 and I think it could have been like 19-2. It’s just unfortunate.”

MEN’S TENNIS

Flying Dutchmen Lose To Aquinas

The Hope College men’s tennis team dropped a nonleague match to unbeaten Aquinas College 9-0 on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen fell to 0-3 in dual matches this season.

Hope’s closest matches came in doubles.

The No. 3 pairing of junior Jonathan Panzer of Rockford (Rockford HS) and freshman Sam Kreps of Holland (Holland HS) lost 8-6 to Brendan Petz and Fisher Southerland.

At No. 2 doubles, Hope senior Parker Bussies of Zeeland (Zeeland West HS) and junior Trevor Brogan of East Lansing (East Lansing HS) fell 8-4 to Kristoff Saari and Gunnery Perry.

Aquinas is now 5-0 on the season.

ICE HOCKEY

Flying Dutchmen Win MCHC Tournament Consolation Game

The Hope College ice hockey skated to a 7-2 win vs. Adrian College’s Gold team on Saturday in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference Tournament third-place game at Jolly Roger ice arena in Grand Rapids.

The Flying Dutchmen improved their record to 25-4-2-1 overall.

SCORING SUMMARY

1. Ryan Restum from Caleb Digison and Elliot Digison 

2. Jamie Haak from Caleb Morgan and Justin Glick

3. Joe Pappas from Kyle Wollet
4. Jamie Haak from Rob Calvert and Andrew Dolehanty.
5. Caleb Digison from Jared Lehman
6. Caleb Digison from Jared Lehman
7. Justin Glick from Caleb Morgan

Goalie Drew Cook stopped 34 of 35 shots for Hope.