Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team sewed up second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 22-12 defeat of Calvin College on Tuesday (April 26) night at Bahlke Field. With the win, the Scots remained undefeated at Bahlke Field and will host a semifinal game with the MIAA Tournament opens next Thursday, May 5.
Alma, which honored its 11 seniors prior to the game, also tied a school record with its 11th win of the season while improving its league mark to 5-1.
Sophomore Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) scored a school-record seven goals, while freshman Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) had a school-record nine assists and added three goals for a school-record 12 points. Senior Marshall Argenta (Stafford, N.Y./Notre Dame) scored four times, while freshman Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) also recorded a hat trick as the Scots tied a school-record with 22 goals.
The Scots opened the scoring when Buchy took a pass from Nycz and beat Calvin goalie Tristan Parece to give Alma a 1-0 lead 1:47 into the game. Calvin responded with three straight goals, including a pair by Nate Ray, to take a 3-1 lead with 7:11 to play in the opening period.
Alma came back with two straight scores to tie the game with 5:21 to play in the first when senior David Foster (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Ellens scored 37 seconds apart.
Calvin regained the lead with 4:18 to play on a man-up goal, then closed out the opening frame with another goal to take a 5-3 advantage after the opening 15 minutes.
In the second period, the Scots offense got rolling, outscoring the Knights, 8-3, to take an 11-7 lead into the half. Alma opened the second period with four straight scores, as Nycz, Argenta, Buchy and Ellens all scored to put Alma up, 7-5, with 9:48 to play in the half.
Calvin cut the lead to one goal 1:40 later, but the Scots responded with four straight goals to open up an 11-6 advantage. Calvin added a goal to end the half to make the score 11-7 at the half.
In the third quarter, Alma put eight more goals on the board, including three by Buchy, and built a 10-goal advantage in the final stanza en route to the victory.
Senior Al Lesperance (Farmington, Mich./Farmington) made seven saves on 26 shots to get the win, playing the first three quarters. Alma outshot the Knights by a 50-32 margin, and peppered Calvin's Parece with 34 shots on goal.
The Scots will complete the regular season on Saturday, April 30, traveling to Adrian College for a 1:00 p.m. matchup with the Bulldogs.