Alma, Mich. - Sophomore Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) scored with 3:33 left to play to give the Alma College men's lacrosse team at 10-9 victory over visiting Hope College on Wednesday (April 20) at Bahlke Field. The win improved the Scots' record to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA, while snapping the Flying Dutchmen's nine-game winning streak. Hope is now 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the MIAA.
Buchy had three goals in the game, scoring the first and last goals of the contest for his sixth hat trick of the season. Freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois), senior Marshall Argenta (Stafford, N.Y./Notre Dame) and freshman Jake Ellens (Cadillac, MIch./Cadillac) each scored twice as the Scots improved their home record to a perfect 4-0. Nycz also added three assists for a five-point night.
The Scots and Dutch traded goals in the first quarter before Alma erupted for six straight scores in the second stanza, taking a 7-1 lead with 6:03 remaining in the opening half. Hope settled and mounted a furious comeback, scoring the final three goals of the half to enter the break down 7-4, then netted all five goals of the third quarter, including three by Gunnar Elder, to take a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.
In the final period, Argenta pulled the Scots within one with 9:15 to play, while Ellens tied the game at 7:52, setting up Buchy's game winning. Each goal was scored with a man up as the Scots went 4-for-6 with the advantage.
Defensively, sophomore Tanner Diment (Midland, MIch./Midland) collected a team-high eight ground balls, while Ellens caused three turnovers. In goal, senior Al Lesperance (Farmington, Mich./Farmington) stopped seven of the 16 shots he faced.
Alma, now tied for second in the MIAA standings, travels to Kalamazoo College on Friday for a MIAA matchup with the Hornets. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Head Coach Michael Kinney
"This was a great win tonight for our program. It was probably the most important victory in our five years. We tried to give it away, but I couldn't be more proud of our guys for staying strong and coming back for the win."