Calvin’s lacrosse schedule will feature some familiar faces as the Knights kick off their first year in NCAA Div. III. In-state games against Adrian, Alma, Hope and Albion highlight the docket.
Head Coach Joel Kamstra is excited about the prospects and explains the ins and outs of the Calvin schedule, “Many of these games will be first time encounters with these schools with the exception of a few. We’ll see six weeks of competition before we get into more familiar territory. Our spring break is going to be spent travelling to play Augustana and a game against an MCLA team, Wheaton. We’ve had a great relationship with Wheaton in the past and the Chicago area is one we recruit very heavily from so we’re looking forward to playing there this spring.”
“Coming into our conference schedule we’ll get a great look at the level we need to be, as we play a strong team in Adrian. Some years ago, prior to a few of the schools moving to the NCAA, we’d gotten together to play some of the MIAA teams and it will be good to play those teams again. Our conference should grow into a very strong conference – yes there will be some disparity between the schools who have had varsity programs for years and those who are brand new, but I think across the board we’ll grow the level of competition within the MIAA into something that’s really exciting and something that’s really great for the region.
Even though Calvin is starting anew in the NCAA and MIAA, there’s one old school rivalry that will still be in existence. The Calvin – Hope games should be good ones – and they will play a home and home this season. I’m sure it will mean a lot for bragging rights as well as recruiting.
Coach Kamstra explains, “As we are Calvin College, we’re looking forward to our historical rivalry game with Hope College. We’ve typically played them a couple of times each season and we’ll do that again this year. We plan on elevating the rivalry to a new level in the NCAA and keeping that rich tradition alive.
Here is the Calvin schedule for 2013:
Date Opponent Time
February 9 Carthage (at Ultimate Soccer) – Pontiac, MI 1 p.m.
February 16 Baldwin-Wallace (Away) 1 p.m.
February 22 Concordia (WI) Home- site TBA TBA
February 23 Benedictine (IL) Home-site TBA 1 p.m.
March 2 Defiance-Away 1 p.m.
March 9 Elmhurst-Home 1 p.m.
March 13 Hope-Home TBA
March 20 Augustana-Away 7 p.m. (CDT)
March 22 Wheaton, IL – Away 7 p.m. (CDT)
March 30 Beloit-Home 1 p.m.
April 6 Adrian-Home 1 p.m.
April 10 at Albion 7 p.m.
April 13 Trine – Away 1 p.m.
April 20 Alma-Home 1 p.m.
April 24 Hope-Away 7 p.m.
April 27 Olivet-Home 3 p.m.
May 1 MIAA Semifinals TBA
May 4 MIAA Finals TBA
For additional information, check out the Calvin website at: http://www.calvin.edu/sports/mens/lacrosse/