Host Hope College Pins 18-2 Loss in MIAA Opener for Men's Lacrosse

Senior Justin Polischuk led Adrian with two goals today at Hope. (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Senior Justin Polischuk led Adrian with two goals today at Hope. (Photo by Mike Dickie).

HOLLAND, Mich.--Hope College scored at least four goals in every quarter to defeat visiting Adrian College, 18-2, in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Hope 18, Adrian 2 

= Location: Van Andel Stadium, Holland, Mich.; Weather conditions: Mostly Sunny, 60s, Wind 13 mph

= Records: Hope Flying Dutchmen 7-3 (2-0 MIAA), Adrian Bulldogs 2-6 (0-1 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Justin Polischuk scored both Adrian goals.

= Junior Peter Dugan made his first start of the season--and the second of his career--in goal, finishing with eight saves and a game-best four ground balls.

= Classmate Caleb Vanderlugt also had four ground balls and he won eight face-offs.

= Junior Michael Desmadryl recorded a game-high five caused turnovers, which also is a personal record.

THE OPPOSITION
Gunnar Elder led all scorers with eight points on three goals and five assists.

Rocco Mularoni pumped in a game-best four goals among six points.

Nick Schanhals (W, 7-3) got the win in the cage and made seven stops in 45:21 of action.

= Both Thomas Sprys Tellner and Nick Bazany had four ground balls, while the latter caused three turnovers.

Marshall Vanbelkum (9-12) and Kyle Gaines (7-12) shined in the face-off "X."

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Hope scored seven unanswered goals after Polischuk tied it 1-all with 11 minutes and 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

= Hope led 9-2 at the halftime break.

= Both teams cleared well (Adrian: 16-for-19, Hope: 22-for-24), but the Bulldogs had 30 turnovers to the Flying Dutchmen's 23.

= Hope also enjoyed statistical advantages in shots (46-24), ground balls (24-18) and shots on goal (26-13).

= The squads combined to go 0-and-12 on man-up situations.

= Hope held Adrian scoreless in the second half while producing nine goals.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian freshman Griffin Davison was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season, but remains in the MIAA top-5 for goal scoring (tied for third with 22).

= The Bulldogs went 1-3 on its season-long four-game road swing.

= Senior Cody Schmitt had a ground ball and caused turnover today. He's Adrian's active leader with 226 ground balls, which is second all-time behind Mitch Barnard (290 from 2010-12). Schmitt is the program career record holder with 101 caused turnovers.

= Polischuk also had a multiple-goal game last year.

= Despite the loss, Adrian still leads Hope in the all-time series, 4-2.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its conference home opener on Tuesday (7 p.m.) against Albion at Docking Stadium.

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