2011 marked a banner year for the Hope College Men's Lacrosse program. The Flying Dutchmen finished 12-3-1 on the season and earned their first bid to the MCLA National Tournament in Denver, Colorado. Highlights of the season include:
The Flying Dutchmen played their home contests in beautiful VanAndel Stadium on the campus of Hope College.
Senior Eric Weber Named a MCLA All-American (5/21/11)
For the third consecutive year, Hope senior Eric Weber (Ann Arbor/Pioneer HS) has been named a Division II All-American by the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). An attackman, Weber during his career became the all-time leading scorer in MCLA history with 289 goals and 97 assists. This season the team co-captain scored 74 goals and was credited with 31 assists as the Flying Dutchmen advanced to the MCLA national tournament and posted an overall 12-3-1 record.
Flying Dutchmen End Season With Win at Nationals (5/19/11)
It was misty and cool in the mountains, but Hope came out hot and raced to a three-goal lead early and never trailed in a 15-6 victory over the University of Northern
Colorado in a consolation game at the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national tournament in Denver, Colo. on Thursday.
Seniors Allen Campbell (four goals and two assists), Eric Weber (seven goals), Dan Glaser (one assist), Brent Martin (six faceoff wins), Duncan Wierengo (six ground balls), and Brad Machiela (three
ground balls) led the way for the Flying Dutchmen. Josh Kamstra, Caleb Digison, Niko Pagkanlungan, and Will Franken each a had single goal. Senior captain Pieter
Norden tallied 14 saves and each rostered player saw action in the contest.
The Flying Dutchmen, coached by Mike Schandals, finish the season with a 12-3-1 record. This was the team's first trip to the national tournament.
Flying Dutchmen Bow at National Lacrosse Tournament (5/17/11)
Tournament Website / Hope Lacrosse Website
The Flying Dutchmen were defeated by Briarcliffe, N.Y. 21-14 in a first
round game of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division
II national tournament in Denver, Colo. on Tuesday. The Flying Dutchmen
(11-3-2) are competing in the national tournament for the first time and were seeded #13 in the
16-team field. The team returns to action Thursday in a consolation
bracket against an opponent to be determined.
In a game that came down to possession after faceoffs, the winning Bulldogs
(13-0-0) built a 10-5 halftime advantage. The teams basically traded
goals in the second half. Senior All-American Eric Weber (Ann Arbor/Pioneer
scored seven goals to lead the offense. Playing with a broken arm,
sophomore Josh Kamstra (Zeeland/Zeeland East HS) tallied four goals
and had an assist while freshman Will Franken scored twice and assisted on another and senior Allen Campbell (Holland/Holland HS) scored once. Senior goalkeeper Pieter Norden (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin) was credited with 22 saves.
Top-Ranked Lakers Hand Dutchmen Tourney Loss (5/6/11)
Stats / Playoff Bracket
The Flying Dutchmen got the full force of the Grand Valley State attack Friday in a 27-14 loss to the #1 ranked Lakers in the CCLA semi-finals in Saline. Eric Weber led the scoring for Hope with an amazing nine goal and one assist effort. Pieter Norden was strong in cage for the Dutchmen with a 20 save performance. Also scoring for Hope were: Allen Campbell 2G, 1A; Will Franken 1G, 1A; Josh Kamstra 1G, 1A; Niko Pagkanlungan 1G, 1A. At the end of the season Hope finds itself on the bubble for an MCLA National Tournament berth in Denver, CO. The final poll and invitations will take place on Sunday. The Flying Dutchmen finished this phase of the season with an 11-2 record and an #11 ranking in the Laxpower poll.
Flying Dutchmen Win Playoff Opener on the Road (4/30/11)
Stats / Playoff Bracket
The Flying Dutchmen battled back from a deficit and thru multiple lead changes to beat the Warriors of Indiana Tech 19-17 in the opening round of the CCLA Tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Saturday. The Warriors held Hope to only two goals in the opening quarter, but the Dutchmen fired in eight in the second to take the lead only to see Indiana Tech rally to tie it again just before the half. After being down a goal early in the third, Eric Weber answered for the Dutchmen with four goals in-a-row to put Hope back on top. The Warriors would try to comeback, but the closest they were able to get was within two after scoring in the final second of the game. Weber finished the contest with 9 goals and 3 assists. Also scoring for Hope were: Allen Campbell 3G, 1A; John LoVasco 1G; Dan Glaser 2A; Caleb Digison 2G, 2A; Will Franken 3G, 3A; Josh Kamstra 1G, 2A; and Duncan Wierengo with 1A. Michael Schofield had a stellar day at the facoff dot winning 27 draws. Pieter Norden finished with 10 saves, including two big in the final minutes. Hope advances to the CCLA semi-finals in Saline, Mich. on Friday, May 6 against Grand Valley State University at 4 p.m. The tournament games will be played at Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline, MI 48176-8886.
Flying Dutchmen Dominate Rival Calvin (4/20/11)
It was a cold April day on the campus of Calvin College, but Hope's shooters were hot toward the end of the first quarter and never cooled off in a 19-2 CCLA Conference victory over the Knights. The win brings Hope's record to 10-1 on the season. The game was tied at 1-1 going into the final minutes of the first frame and it was shaping up to be a great muddy rivalry game with every ground ball hotly contested and an intense level of play from both squads. Hope then ran off 16 unanswered goals and took control of the contest. Seniors Dan Glaser (4G, 1A), Eric Weber (5G, 2A), Brent Martin (1G), and Allen Campbell (1G, 3A) led the way for the Flying Dutchmen. Senior Pieter Norden had 7 saves in the cage. Also scoring for Hope were Chris Scheldt (2G, 1A), Caleb Digison (1G, 1A), John LoVasco (4G, 1A), Will Franken (3A), Josh Kamstra (1G), and Noah Busman (1A). All of Hope's healthy players saw action in the game. The Dutchmen will take a break for Easter Weekend and then finish their regular season with a home contest vs. Grand Valley State University on Tuesday, April 26 at VanAndel Stadium.
A Salute to Hope's 2011 Seniors
Allen Campbell #9 from Holland, MI. The vocal leader of our team, over his career Allen has amassed 111 ground balls, 57 faceoff wins, 111 goals, and 113 assists. He ranks fourth all-time nationally in MCLA DII overall statistics. Allen has been honored as an All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association attackman, and has been the captain of the Flying Dutchmen for all four years of his career.
Dillon Fink #34 from University Park, MD. Dillon suffered an unfortunate ACL injury in fall ball which has sidelined him for his senior season. He made an immediate impact when he transferred to Hope his sophomore season. In just two seasons Dillon scooped 99 ground balls, and scored 94 goals with 30 assists. He has been honored as an All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association attackman, and as captain of the Flying Dutchmen.
Daniel Glaser #2 from Ann Arbor, MI. Dan has worked hard to become competitive as a midfielder in the CCLA conference. In three years of play he has gathered 164 ground balls, and scored 15 goals with 24 assists. Dan has been nominated for All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association honors.
Brad Machiela #26 from Zeeland, MI. Brad is an athletic defenseman who
has played for two years. In his career he has scooped 26 ground balls,
and had a hand in Hope's first playoff victory in 2009.
Brent Martin #22 from Portage, MI. Brent has amassed 183 ground balls, and scored 26 goals with 12 assists in four years at Hope. He has won 274 faceoffs and has been honored as an All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association midfielder.
Pieter Norden #7 from Dublin, OH. Pieter has been a four year starting goaltender for Hope. He has served as captain for the Flying Dutchmen, and over his career has 554 saves. Piet is one of the top all-time goaltenders in statistics nationally, and has been honored as an All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association goaltender, and an MCLA Academic All American.
Carter Piers #17 from Holland, MI. Carter is a first year defenseman and has scooped 3 ground balls in his short career here at Hope.
Eric Weber #20 from Ann Arbor, MI. Eric is a quiet leader and senior captain for us, who has set records as a Flying Dutchman. Eric is the all-time leading scorer in the nation in MCLA DII overall statistics. In his career he has scooped 287 ground balls, and scored 263 goals with 86 assists. He holds the Hope College single game goal scoring record at ten goals (tied with Chris Sizemore and Mark Williams). He has been honored as the Offensive Player of the Year in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association, and has earned first team All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association honors as an attackman and first team All American MCLA honors.
Duncan Wierengo #44 from East Grand Rapids, MI. Duncan is a senior captain and defenseman who has scooped 164 ground balls over his three year career at Hope. He also has 3 goals and 14 assists. Duncan has been honored as an All Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association longstick midfielder, and as an All American MCLA longstick midfielder.
Flying Dutchmen Celebrate Senior Day With Victory (4/16/11)
On Senior Day at VanAndel Stadium the Flying Dutchmen stormed to a 15-2 victory over visiting Siena Heights. The seniors honored were Allen Campbell, Dillon Fink, Daniel Glaser, Brad Machiela, Brent Martin, Pieter Norden, Carter Piers, Eric Weber, and Duncan Wierengo. Every Hope player saw action in the game. Scoring for Hope were: John LoVasco (1G), Allen Campbell (3G, 4A), Eric Weber (3G, 5A), Michael Schofield (1A), Keegan Aguilera (2G, 1A), Caleb Digison (2G), Will Franken (1G, 2A), Brent Martin (1G, 1A), Josh Kamstra (1G), and Chris Scheldt (1G). Pieter Norden had six saves in 1/2 of play. Matt Folkert earned a save, and Ben Weber started the game and was not scored upon. The Dutchmen next travel to renew the rivalry with Calvin on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Flying Dutchmen Bow in Conference Title Showdown (4/14/11)
The Dutchmen suffered their first defeat of the season bowing 20-12 to Davenport on Thursday in the CCLA Northern Divisional championship game. Davenport came out hot and raced to a 7-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and they managed to answer and withstand any scoring run that Hope could muster. Leading the way for the Dutchmen were senior captains Allen Campbell, with two goals and three assists, and Eric Weber, with six goals and one assist. Niko Pagkanlungan had a highlight worthy split dodge that he converted for the first goal of the game, only to succumb to a knee injury just minutes into the first quarter. Will Franken had two goals and an assist, and Caleb Digison filled in admirably at LSM for injured Duncan Wierengo, in addition to scoring a goal and assist. Pieter Norden had 12 saves, and Michael Schofield went 11-19 at the faceoff dot. The Flying Dutchmen will be the second seed in the CCLA tournament coming out of the Northern Division and will have to travel for a quarterfinal game to the site of the higher seed from another division.
Flying Dutchmen Clinch Post-Season Berth With Win (4/12/11)
On another beautiful night at VanAndel Stadium the Flying Dutchmen secured a berth in the CCLA playoffs with a 19-3 victory over visiting Northwood University on Tuesday. The Timberwolves came into the game at 4-4 on the season and were looking to spoil Hope's playoff plans, but the Dutchmen played solid for the whole contest and every Dutchman saw time. Matt Folkert started the game for Hope in the net and the Dutchmen led 5-1 at the end of the first quarter. Ben Weber took over in goal for the second period and Hope led 12-1 at half. Senior Captain Pieter Norden played the second half and recorded nine saves. Scoring multiple points were John LoVasco 2G 3A, Allen Campbell, 5G 3A, Eric Weber 4G 2A, Caleb Digison 2G, Will Franken 1G 2A, Josh Kamstra 3G 2A, and Austin Krehel had a single goal.
Dutchmen Remain Unbeaten With Tightly Contested Win (4/9/11)
Hope raced out to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter behind the shooting of Eric Weber, who scored five goals in the quarter and finished the game with a record 10, and held on for a 20-14 victory over heated CCLA rival Ferris State University. Senior goaltender Pieter Norden finished the day with 22 saves. His play in goal was crucial to protect Hope's lead which was threatened by penalties and man-up opportunities for the Bulldogs.
Ferris scrapped to bring the game back within range, but in the fourth quarter Hope's midfielders got ground balls and goals by Caleb Digison and Josh Kamstra behind smooth assists from Will Franken who broke down the D with his footwork.
The faceoff play from Michael Schofield was a big asset as the Dutchmen closed out the win. Schofield won 17 faceoffs and had 8 ground balls.
Flying Dutchmen Remain Undefeated (4/5/11)
The undefeated Flying Dutchmen (5-0-1) defeated host Aquinas 21-4 on Tuesday. All of Hope's roster saw action in the game where the Dutchmen raced out to a 15-1 halftime lead behind continued ball possession and hot shooting. Allen Campbell led the scoring with five goals and three assists, and Eric Weber tallied three goals and four assists. Josh Kamstra and Austin Krehel each had hat tricks, and Dan Glaser and Will Franken each chipped in a pair of goals. Niko Pagkanlungan, Keegan Aguilera, and Brent Martin each had single tallies. Ryan Holmes led the ground ball count with eight. Noah Busman, Michael Schofield, Scott Bahash, and Duncan Wierengo all had over five ground balls a piece. Pieter Norden had eight saves in the first half, and Ben Weber and Matt Folkert each played a quarter in the second.
Flying Dutchmen Remain Undefeated on Season (4/2/11)
The Flying Dutchmen posted an 18-5 win over Judson, Ill. under sunny skies in the first-ever lacrosse game played on Judson's campus. Judson scrapped for the entire game, but Hope's team play, ball control, and scoring punch put the game away early. Hope led 12-3 at the half and never looked back. Matt Folkert started the game strong in goal and Ben Weber finished strong in the second half. Scoring for the Flying Dutchmen were Allen Campbell, Eric Weber, John LoVasco, Michael Schofield, Caleb Digison, Will Franken, Josh Kamstra, and Austin Krehel. Hope scooped 37 ground balls on the day.
Flying Dutchmen Post Key Conference Victory (4/1/11)
The Flying Dutchmen took a step in the right direction in the CCLA North Division race with a convincing 24-3 victory over visiting Northern Michigan University in the home opener at VanAndel Stadium. Senior LSM Duncan Wierengo scooped up a ground ball off a faceoff win from freshman Michael Schofield and scored the opener less than 10 seconds into the game. Hope then poured on the offense with ten different players tallying goals.
Senior Captain Allen Campbell led the scoring with 4 goals and 6 assists. Freshman sensation Niko Pagkanlungan had several highlight worthy jukes on his way to 3 goals and 5 assists, and senior Captain Eric Weber notched 6 goals and 1 assist. Freshmen Will Franken, John LoVasco, and Josh Kamstra each chipped in two goals, and senior Dan Glaser had 2 goals and 2 assists. Keegan Aguilera was a clearing machine at D mid and he chipped in a solo tally along with Caleb Digison.
Senior Brent Martin won faceoffs the entire game along with Michael Schofield and Nick Leonard who combined to go 24/27 on the evening. Schofield led the team with nine ground balls on the night. Hope's defense has limited opponents to an average of 5 goals per game, while the offense is averaging 15. Pieter Norden and Ben Weber were solid in the cage for the Dutchmen.
Flying Dutchmen Win One, Mother Nature the Other (3/19/11)
Over the opening weekend of Spring Break, the Flying Dutchmen traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to take on two ranked opponents. On Friday evening the Dutchmen scraped out a tough victory over Missouri Baptist University (22) by holding on for a 12-10 win. Hope led the entire contest, but the Spartans rallied in the fourth quarter to pull within one. Two timely goals late in the game by freshman Will Franken (Holland, MI/West Ottawa) helped to seal the win. Newcomer Michael Schofield (Mendham, NJ/Mendham) won faceoffs down the stretch, along with stellar wing play from Keegan Aguiliera (Midland/Midland) and time killing runs by Niko Pagkanlungan (Naples, FL/Barron Collier) to aid in Hope's cause. Eric Weber (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer), Allen Campbell (Holland/Holland), and Caleb Digison (Midland/Midland) had multiple goal games. Senior Goaltender Pieter Norden (Dublin, OH/Dublin-Scioto) played the entire contest and tallied 19 saves.
On Saturday the weather got the best of both squads as the contest with Missouri State University (18) was called early in the second half due to sustained severe weather. The score was knotted at 6-6 when the contest was stopped after three lightning delays. The Dutchmen held the lead 5-4 at halftime. Senior Brent Martin (Portage, MI/Portage Central) had a key face off victory and ground ball in the second quarter. Campbell, Weber, Franken, and Josh Kamstra (Zeeland, MI/Zeeland East) all notched goals. Weber, Franken, John LoVasco (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/Grosse Pointe South), and Michael Schofield (Menham, NJ/Mendham) all had assists. Ryan Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer), Scott Bahash (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI/University of Detroit-Jesuit), Duncan Wierengo (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids), and Noah Busman (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) were all over our zone defending the Bears while Pieter Norden finished with 6 saves. It was a long and soggy bus ride, but a good experience for our mixed team of veterans and rookies.
Flying Dutchmen Open Season With Convincing Victory (3/12/11)
The Flying Dutchmen downed rival Calvin 20 - 1 on a chilly night in Zeeland Stadium. With temperatures hovering around freezing the Dutchmen heated things up with 16 goals in the first half of play behind the leadership of seniors Pieter Norden, Allen Campbell, Eric Weber, and Duncan Wierengo.
Norden (Dublin, OH/Dublin Scioto) was perfect between the pipes notching five saves and allowing zero goals. Campbell (Holland/Holland), Weber (Ann Arbor/Pioneer), and Wierengo (East Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids) accounted for 10 goals, 9 assists, and 20 ground balls between the three.
Josh Kamstra (Zeeland/Zeeland East), in his homecoming to Zeeland Stadium, had 2 goals and 3 assists. Will Franken (Holland/West Ottawa) had 2 goals and an assist. Dan Glaser (Ann Arbor/Adrian Lenawee Christian), Sean Murphy (Novi/Novi), Niko Pagkanlungan (Naples, FL/Barron Collier), John LoVasco (Grosse Pointe/Grosse Pointe South), and Austin Krehel (Lapeer/Lapeer West) all had goals.
Noah Busman (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville), Ryan Holmes (Ann Arbor/Pioneer), Keegan Aguilera (Midland/Midland) and Scott Bahash (Grosse Point Farms/University of Detroit-Jesuit) anchored the defense for the Dutchmen; and Michael Schofield (Mendham, NJ/Mendham), Chris Scheldt (North Muskegon/North Muskegon), Brent Martin (Portage/Portage Central), and Nick Leonard (New Providence, NJ/New Providence) contributed 22 face off wins. All of Hope's roster saw action in the contest.