Holland, Mich. - The Alma College men's lacrosse team fell short in its comeback attempt on Wednesday night (May 2), falling to Hope College by an 8-7 margin in the semifinals of the MIAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament at Van Andel Stadium.
The Scots (7-11 overall) scored twice in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to one goal, but could not score the equalizer. The game was also delayed twice - once in each half - due to lightning, resulting in over an hour of weather stoppage.
Sophomore Trevor Bailey (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./Sault Area) scored twice for the Scots, who outshot the Flying Dutchmen by a 36-25 margin.
How It Happened
- Hope opened the game with a pair of goals 27 seconds apart before the game's first lightning delay occurred. Alma came out of the stoppage and scored twice to tie the game at 2-2 with 3:21 left in the first quarter. Daniel Buchy netted Alma's first goal before Trevor Bailey tied the game just under three minutes later.
- In the second quarter, the Dutchmen scored two straight goals to take a 4-2 advantage. Chase Hunyadi brought the Scots back within one with a man-up marker, but the Dutch scored 29 seconds later to go ahead, 5-3, and take a two-goal advantage into the half.
- Hope went up by three goals and took a 6-3 lead to open the second half before Alma scored twice to cut the lead to one. Bailey netted his second of the night before Connor Alley scored with a man up three-and-a-half minutes later to cut the deficit to 6-5. The Dutchmen added a goal with 2:07 to play in the stanza to regain their two-goal lead.
- The Dutchmen scored to open the fourth quarter and go ahead by an 8-5 margin before the second lightning delay took place. The Scots came out of the delay and scored twice in a four-minute span to cut the deficit to one. Jake Ellens found the net with 10:12 remaining before Tom Needham scored with 6:10 to play.
- The Scots had a 60-second man-up opportunity with 3:20 left in the game, but could only muster one shot on goal.