Written by Ali Holmquist, Sports Information Student Assistant
Tiffin, Ohio - Freshmen Nikki Reece (Livonia, Mich. / Ladywood) and Olivia Benoit (Grosse Point, Mich. / Grosse Point North) each recorded four goals to launch the Scots to a 14-11 victory over Heidelberg University Wednesday evening (March 22). This is the program's first three-game winning streak since the 2014 season. The Scots improve to 5-2 while Heidelberg drops to 0-3.
Senior Kilee DeBrabander (Marshall, Mich. / Marshall) set career-highs in both ground balls and caused turnovers with 12 and five. DeBrabander was one ground ball shy of tying the program record 13 ground balls by Jessica Page in the inaugural 2012 season. DeBrander is now the MIAA leader for ground balls and tied for first in caused turnovers. Also moving up the MIAA leaderboard is junior Katie Rogers (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Farmington Hills). After recording two assists tonight, Rogers secured herself the conference leader.
Heidelberg began the game strong by scoring three unanswered goals in the first two minutes of play. The Scots would put themselves on the board after back-to-back goals from senior Darby Kahler (Coldwater, Mich. / Coldwater) and Benoit. Kahler is now tied for third in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in goals, trailing the leader by two. The teams would go back and forth with goals with Benoit scoring three of Alma's five goals.
Coming out of half-time with a 5-8 deficit, Reece scored 12 seconds after Kahler won the second half opening draw. This spurred a 7-1 run that put the Scots in front with a 12-9 lead. The Scots outscored Heidelberg 9-3 in the second half. Kahler picked up a game-high seven draw controls, tying her for third in the MIAA with Reece.
Senior Miranda Kruse (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Ann Arbor Pioneer) saw 60 minutes of action recording five saves off 16 shots. This improves her record to 1-1 for the season.
Heidelberg could only field 11 players, forcing it to play a man down the entire game.
The Scots will travel to Waukesha (Wisc.) to face Carroll University Saturday April 1.
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436