On Saturday afternoon, the Alma College Men's Lacrosse team traveled to Grand Rapids to take on Calvin College and were defeated by the host Knights 3-2 in overtime. With the loss, the Scots are now 0-5 in the MIAA and 3-10 overall, while Calvin improved to 1-3 in the league and 2-10 in 2013.
"We didn't play with much passion today, but give Calvin credit on their effort as they wanted it much more than we did," said Scots Head Coach Jason Levesque. "We showed some resolve after giving up the go ahead goal with about five to play by knotting it up a couple of minutes later.
"However, we need sixty minutes of that type of play, that type of urgency, not just one minute. That won't win many games and it's certainly not enough."
A game between two teams looking for their first league win became a defensive battle early and stayed that way throughout the match. Alma struck first when Fr. MF Jonathan Lindback (Tavernier, Fla./Coral Shores) scored at the 10:43 mark of the first quarter to take a 1-0 lead.
Calvin tied it at 1-1 with a tally at 1:59 of the initial frame but that would prove to be the last of the goals for a while as the teams went into halftime deadlocked.
A scoreless third quarter sent the two teams into the fourth still tied at 1-1. The Knights scored the go-ahead goal with just 2:53 left in regulation and it looked as though the home team would escape with the 2-1 win.
However, the Scots fought back very quickly by scoring the tying goal just 32 seconds later, when So. MF Tyler Bennett (New Lothrop, Mich./New Lothrop) found the back of the net to make it 2-2.
Regulation ended that way and the two teams headed into overtime. Both teams were cautious but Calvin was able to break through with the game-winner with 2:08 left in the extra period. The Knights' Casey Harless broke the deadlock and the Knights walked off the field with a 3-2 victory.
Alma finished the match with six shots on goal, while Calvin had eight on the afternoon. Scots So. GK Daric Mueller (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) made five saves in the game, while Bennett and Fr. MF Stephen Salceda (Waukesha, Wis./St. John's Northwestern Military Academy) led the visitors with two shots on goal a piece.
The Scots conclude the 2013 MIAA portion of their schedule on Wednesday when they host Albion College at Bahlke Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.