Alma, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team continued to solidify itself as one of the premier programs in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2017, sporting a record-setting offense in the third season under Head Coach Michael Kinney.
Alma finished the year with a 12-6 record, marking the second-highest win total in program history, and finished tied for third in the MIAA with a 5-2 mark in conference play qualifying for their third straight MIAA Tournament. In the postseason, the Scots became the first team in league history to win a road game in the tournament, upsetting No. 2 seed Hope College in the MIAA semifinals before falling to top-seeded Albion College in Alma's second straight MIAA championship game.
The Scots rewrote the record books in 2017 behind the top offense in program history. The 2017 team scored more goals (238) and tallied more assists (146) than any other squad in school history. Sophomore Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois), an All-MIAA First Team selection for the second straight season, paced Alma with a school-record 85 points, scoring 40 goals and notching 45 assists. After two seasons, Nycz stands as the program's all-time leader in points (167) and assists (92) and ranks third with 75 goals.
Freshman Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School), the MIAA's Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-MIAA selection, made his mark in his first collegiate campaign, scoring a school-record 45 goals and registering 33 assists for 78 points. Hunyadi posted a league-record 12 assists and 14 points at Calvin College on April 25, while recording eight or more points in four appearances. Junior Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) also netted a school-record 45 goals and became the first player in program history to net 100 career markers. He tied a league record with nine goals at Calvin College on April 25, marking the fifth time in his career he has scored five or more times in a game.
Junior Austen Irrer (Midland, Mich./Midland) and sophomore Max Linscott (Columbus, Ohio/New Albany) also earned All-MIAA honors, with both players receiving Second Team recognition. Irrer joined the 100-point club during the season after registering 26 goals and 19 assists for 44 points, while Linscott caused 25 turnovers and collected 57 ground balls. In goal, sophomore Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) started 14 games in net, recording an 11.54 goals against average and a save percentage of .519 while recording a 9-4 record.
Alma recorded a 7-4 record in the non-conference portion of its campaign, highlighted by a 13-12 overtime victory over the College of Wooster on March 22 at Bahlke Field. The Scots finished the year 6-2 at home.
Alma graduates five seniors - TJ Miller (Brighton, Mich./Brighton), Josh Sejat (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview), Mitch Adams (Novi, Mich./Novi), Jackson Williams (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and David Smith (Royal Oak, Mich./Royal Oak) - from the program and are expected to return their entire front line from this season's squad.