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Golf team claims ninth place

The women’s golf team puts up a valiant effort this week in the Bump Invitational, ninth place, and the No. 2 Hope Spring Invite, fourth place. The ladies plan to use the rest of the season as a learning experience.

The Adrian College women’s golf team has had a busy week, competing in the Laura Bump Invitational at Millcreek Golf Course in Ostrander, OH  April 14-15 and the Hope Spring Invite #2 at The Wuskowhan Players club in West Olive, MI April 17.

The team would finish the Bump Invitational in ninth out of 15 after shooting an overall 724 (377, 347) on the par 72 Millcreek Course. Allegheny College would be the eventual winner of the event recording shooting a 663 (330, 333).

The first day of the tournament offered less than favorable conditions, however the Bulldogs were able to push through it.

“The first day we had freezing rain with wind and the second day, there were very high winds but both went well for the conditions,” said Senior Leanna Stockard.

Freshman Hayley Bandt led the team in the event after recording a 170 (87, 83); also finishing in a tie for 22nd place with Wittenberg’s Anna Busam, Franklin’s Brittany Brownrigg, and Hiram’s Kristine Khowcharoen.

“The tournament in Ohio was rough the first day because it rained for most of the day, which threw us off a bit,” said Bandt.

Following Bandt in team scoring, sophomore Chelsey Wyman finished tied for 38th place with NW Ohio’s Chelsea Crow and Wittenberg’s Miranda Pettit after posting a 177 (87-83).

The team competed in their second to last match of the year at the Hope Spring Invite #2 Tuesday. After shooting 376, Adrian finished fourth in the five-team event on the par 71 Wuskawhon Players Club Course.

St. Mary’s College (IN) would end the event in first place after shooting a team 324, while Olivet finished second, 21 strokes out of first play. Hope College finished third shooting 350, followed by Adrian in fourth with 376, while Calvin College brought up the rear in fifth place shooting 384.

Freshman Jylian Monahan would have the most success at the event, shooting 14 over par putting her in seventh place. After shooting 23 over par Sophomore Ariel Gruber finished second on the team, and in a three-way tie with Olivets Adrienne Jones and Hope’s Andrea Powell for 18th place.

Adrian’s third place finisher, Stockard found herself in a four-way tie for 22nd place with Hope’s Courtney Jenkins, Calvin’s Elise Doezema, and Olivet’s Jennifer Myers after finishing the day with a 97.

Wyman placed fourth on the team after shooting 100, tying for 27th place with Hope’s Maggie Mangan. Rounding out the day for the Bulldogs was Bandt shooting 102, putting her in 29th place.

While the team may not have had an ideal season, their record is not directly indicative of their play on the course. The team will have one more chance to prove themselves, as they head to Trine for a one day tournament on Friday.

“The fall and spring seasons have been great, the team is consistently making improvements and I feel that next year they will be better ,” said Stockard.

Men’s lacrosse streak continues, takes 12th straight

Senior midfielder Mitch Barnard (43) shown above is settling back for a faceoff. Barnard contributed a goal against Carthage and played a huge role in the success over the past week that the Bulldogs had.

The men’s lacrosse team continues to excel on the playing field, winning three road games this week and increasing their win streak to 12.

After losing the second game of the season the Bulldogs have not looked back, compiling a 13-1 overall record and 8-0 conference record, in the hunt for their second straight Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship.

“Conference games are really important, winning these past few games puts us in a great position to hose the Midwest Lacrosse Conference tournament, which is important because we are undefeated at home this season,” said senior midfielder Scott Krystiniak.

Adrian started off their weekend Saturday by traveling to Kenosha, WI to take on Carthage College. The Bulldogs immediately pounced on the Red Men to start the game, leading 5-1 after the first quarter. Thanks to strong defensive play and senior attacker David Monroe’s second and third goal of the game, Adrian headed into halftime up 7-1.

After regrouping during halftime, the second half brought on reinvigorated Carthage team that was able to slip six goals past Adrian. Their efforts would prove to be otiose however, as the Bulldogs matched the Red Men goal for goal in route to a 13-7 victory.

Next the team headed to Milwaukee, facing off against the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday. Once again Adrian’s offense and defense came out firing on all cylinders, taking an 8-2 lead into halftime.

With the Carthage game still fresh in their minds, the Bulldogs continued to pound MSOE in the second half. After scoring nine more goals Adrian would go on to win the game 17-2.

Offensively, Adrian had four multi-goal scorers, with freshman attacker Mitch Burgin recording four, attackmen senior T.J. Cook and freshman Tyler Joseph each recording three, and freshman midfielder Douglas Boyd netting two. Lerg got the win in net after making nine saves and allowing two goals.

“We have been playing well together the past couple games and now we’re just trying to finish the season strong, so we can have everything clicking for the MLC tournament,” senior defenseman Zac Colvin said.

Wrapping up their week, the team once again hit the road to take on Trine University Wednesday. Adrian dominated the first quarter, scoring four goals to take a 4-0 lead into the second. Although the Bulldogs surrendered a goal in the second quarter, they answered right back with two goals of their own to take a 6-1 lead into halftime. Once again, Adrian came prepared to play the second half, allowing two goals while scoring four of their own on their way to defeating Trine 10-3.

Adrian’s offense was lead by Adamson, who recorded three goals, followed by Monroe and junior attacker John Hudzinski. Lerg made eight saves while leading his team to its 12th straight victory. Lerg has been a major factor in Adrian’s success this year, something his teammates are aware of.

“Lerg has been key for us, being nothing short of spectacular between the pipes,” said sophomore defenseman Lido Aldini.

The team will now have several days off before traveling to take on conference foe, Fontbonne Saturday.  Fontbonne, currently 6-5, will be the teams final test in their quest for a perfect season in MLC league play.

Ladies lax continues to win

The Adrian College women’s lacrosse team defeated Wittenberg College on Saturday, improving their season record to 10-2. Riding junior attack Olivia Duncan’s five goal performance, the team cemented their place atop the MWLC conference.

“This year has been an adjustment, but now that everyone has adapted we’re working hard to finish the season strong, hopefully making the tournament,” senior defense Katrina Rabishaw said.

The Bulldogs came out strong in the first half, scoring four goals in the first eight minutes of the game. After Adrian seemed to let up a bit, the Tigers scored five of the next seven goals to pull the score within one at halftime.

“We came out a little flat and the game was close at half. Once we relaxed and played our game, things started going our way and we were able to come out as the successful team that we know we are,” said senior midfielder Amanda Lambert.

After regrouping during halftime the Bulldogs surrendered an early Wittenberg goal, tying the game four minutes into the second half. Undeterred, the Bulldogs regained the lead just 25 seconds later and would not look back. After scoring 12 of the next 18 goals, Adrian went on to beat Wittenberg 18-11.

Besides Duncan’s five goals, Adrian saw multi-goal production from four other players. Junior attack Stacey Birlson, senior attack Rachel Johnston, and Lambert each recorded three goals, while senior midfielder Lindsey Day had two. Senior attack Meghan Reynolds and junior midfielder Cassie Hoyez rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs, each notching one goal.

Adrian not only dominated on the scoreboard but also the stat sheet, where they lead in every statistical category. The Bulldogs had the advantage in shots 30-28, turnovers 12-15, draw controls 20-11, ground balls 37-26, and clears 13-12.

Another major contributor to the Bulldog’s success was the strong play of senior goalie Laura Finfrock, who made big saves when the team needed it.

“We started out really slow, but picked it up in the second half. Our goalie really kept us in the game,” said Day.

Finfrock got the win in net for the Bulldogs, recording 13 saves in the process. She is now 8-2 on the season, toting a .488 save percentage and a 9.53 goals against average.

Although they have been successful, the team knows they must continue to do the little things to make it deep into the post-season.

“We have to stay focused  and not play so frantically. All of our success has come from our discipline and patience on the field. That is the key to our success,” said Lambert.

The team will have the rest of the week off before returning to action Sunday against Sewanee in a conference matchup. The game will we played at Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville) at 1:30 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse wins ninth consecutive game, moves to 10-1

Senior attackman T.J. Cook (27) prepares to take a shot against the Aurora goalie during Adrian’s 8-7 victory on Saturday. With a conference record of 5-0 Adrian currently resides in first place in the MLC, and is 10-1 overall this season.

The Adrian College men’s lacrosse team increased their win streak to nine games after wins over Aurora April 7 and Kenyon April 12. The two victories improved the team’s overall record to 10-1 and 5-0 in conference play.

The team started off their week by taking on Aurora College in a hard fought game.  Initially, Adrian faltered out of the gates, allowing Aurora to get off to an early lead in the first quarter, resulting in 3-2 Aurora lead at the end of the first. Senior attackman T. J. Cook and junior midfielder John Hudzinski provided the Bulldogs offense.

Adrian came out strong in the second, tying the game four minutes in off of Hudzinski’s second goal of the game. Aurora regained the lead with two minutes left in the half, but it was short lived as sophomore attackman Cody Kilcoyne evened the score at 4-4.

The defensive struggle continued into the third quarter, with Aurora scoring the lone goal to take a 5-4 lead into the final period. The Bulldog’s fought back in the fourth quarter, scoring four of the final six goals to give Adrian the 8-7 win.
Hudzinski would end his night with two more goals, giving him four all together, while Cook and Kilcoyne each tallied a second goal. Sophomore goalie Kevin Lerg got the win in net for the Bulldogs, finishing the game with 10 saves.

After five days off from competition, the Bulldog’s faced Kenyon College in a non-conference match Wednesday night. Unlike the previous game the team came out ready to play, jumping out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first. Kenyon scored two early goals to start the second, however Adrian answered with four unanswered goals, taking 8-2 into halftime.

“We did what we needed to do to keep our heads under control. We came out hot and put four goals in before they could even get one,” said Hudzinski.

Once again Adrian controlled the tempo of the game in the third quarter, notching two more goals while holding Kenyon to one. Each team scored one goal in the final period of play, giving Adrian the 11-4 victory.

The Bulldog’s offense saw production from five different players, with Kilcoyne, senior attack David Monroe, and junior midfielder Coady Adamson each recording three goals. Hudzinski and sophomore midfielder Tom Thielman rounded out the scoring for Adrian, each scoring one goal.

Faced with several man down situations, the defense turned in a strong effort while playing an important role in the Bulldog victory.

“From a defensive standpoint we played hard. We had a lot of shut downs during the man down, while only allowing four goals,” said junior defenseman Brandon MacDonald.

Lerg turned in another stellar performance in net for Adrian, making 10 saves in the win. He is now 10-1 this season, with 108 saves, .578 save percentage, and a 7.81 goals against average.

The team now has several days to regroup and prepare to faceoff against conference for Carthage April 14.

“It felt great to get another out of conference win, especially against a north coast team. We look forward to continuing our strong play this weekend against conference rival Carthage,” Cook said.

Men’s tennis looks to improve

Junior Cameron Hamilton and Freshman Ryan Delacey, shown in a match from March 13, are 3-4 in doubles competition this season.

The Adrian College mens’ tennis team lost a pair of conference games over the weekend, dropping the teams record to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play. While the start to the season might not have been ideal, the team knows their record is not indicative of their level of play.

“We had a tough couple matches this past weekend. Though against Hope, both Ryan Delacey and I lost in third set tiebreakers, so it was really close,” said junior Cameron Hamilton.

The Bulldogs started their weekend off on Saturday with a 7-2 loss to Hope College in the team’s first conference match of the year.  After a quick turnaround the team played their second conference game of the year Sunday, falling to Kalamazoo College 9-0.

During the Hope match on Saturday, freshman Ryan Delacey played in the number one singles spot, where he would eventually fall to Hope’s Parker Bussies 5-7, 6-0, and 10-6. Hamilton took on Hope’s Kyle Kreps in the second singles spot, eventually losing to Kreps 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), and 10-8.

Playing in the third singles spot, Adrian senior Alex Ziajor was defeated by Hope’s Cody Herbruck 6-1 and 6-1. Freshman Alex Holdren lost 6-1 and 6-1 to Hope’s Jonathan Panzer and sophomore Ron Hilliard fell to Hope’s Matthew Culver 6-0 and 6-0.

In keeping with the theme of the day, the doubles portion of the match would end similar to the singles matchups. In the first doubles match, Delacey and Hamilton would lose a hard fought match to Bussies and Culver 8-4. Competing in the second spot, Ziajor and Holdren would fall to Hope’s Kreps and Herbruck 8-2.

After a brief layover the Bulldogs traveled to Kalamazoo College Sunday, where the team would eventually fall to the 5-9 Hornets, 9-0.

During the singles matches, Delacey, Hamilton, Hilliard, and Ziajor would each lose to their Hope counterparts 6-1 and 6-0. In the remaining singles matches Holdren and sophomore Tom Smendzuik would meet the same fate as their teammates, with Holdren losing 6-0 and 6-0 and Smendzuik 6-0 and 6-2.

Smendzuik, who was playing in his first collegiate match, saw the loses as a unique learning experience.

“I personally played in my first collegiate match, but lost both of my matches certainly learning how far I have come as a tennis player and really where I need to be,” Smendzuik said.

In doubles, the Adrian pairing of Delacey and Hamilton would have the most success, as they lost to Nate Eddy and Mark Denenfeld 8-2. The remaining doubles match-ups would see Ziajor and Holdren fall to Hope’s Alex Dombos and Peter Rothstein 8-0, while the AC pairing of Hilliard and Smendzuik was defeated by Alan Faber and David DeSimone 8-1.

Even though the team has lost three straight matches, they know they can’t afford to dwell on the past. The team has six games remaining in the season, including three conference matches, each of which are crucial to their post-season hopes.

“We came out and played as best we could, but they were just good teams. It was an experience that I think has made us better,” said Delacey.
The team will be back in action on Thursday, as they travel to Albion College for a conference match.

Men’s lacrosse improves to 6-1 after double overtime win

The Adrian men’s lacrosse team won a hard fought game Saturday afternoon, one that needed two overtimes to decide a winner. The win improved the lacrosse team’s overall season record to 6-1 and 2-1 in MLC conference play.

“After a heartbreaking end to last season, we’ve really come back wanting to go beyond what we accomplished last year,” said sophomore goalie Matt Neal. “We’re coming off a big win over Wittenberg and hope to keep the train rolling the rest of the way.”

Adrian started the scoring early in the first quarter when junior midfielder Coady Adamson scored at 13:14 off  sophomore attack  Cody Kilcoyne’s assist. Less than two minutes later, junior attack John Hudzinski made it 2-0 at 11:35 of the first, with Kilcoyne again assisting on the goal. Hudzinski was at it again just a minute later when he scored Adrian’s third goal off an assist from Adamson. Wittenberg would make a strong push the rest of the first, when Tyler Hall and Jimmy Luckino each scored a goal to make it 3-2 at the end of the first.

Wittenberg came out strong in the second quarter when Alex Previte scored just 42 seconds into the quarter, making it 3-3. The Bulldogs didn’t seem too concerned, as Adamson scored his second goal of the game and Hudzinski his third to make it 5-3 Adrian at 10:33 of the second. Again, Wittenberg fought back as Charles Harrerys scored at 7:16 to make it 5-4 Adrian. Once again, Adrian had an answer for Wittenberg as Kilcoyne scored with just 18 seconds left in the half to give the Bulldogs a 6-4 halftime lead.

“I can honestly say this game matched the same intensity and demeanor as the first round of the NCAA tournament last year. Our team pulled out a victory in arguably the most important game of the season,”  said senior midfielder Brad Higgins.

The third quarter went much like the first two, with Adrian and Wittenberg each scoring three goals. Higgins started off the second half scoring at 11:59 with an unassisted goal, followed by senior attack David Monroe’s unassisted goal just 57 seconds later. Wittenberg would score the next two goals of the third, followed by Hudzinski’s fourth goal of the game at 3:07 of the quarter. Wittenberg’s Andrew Morrison would end the third quarter scoring at 1:21, slicing Adrian’s lead to 9-7.

Wittenberg would dominate fourth quarter scoring, as they outscored Adrian 4-2. Adrian’s fourth quarter goals were both scored by senior attack T.J. Cook, with  senior midfielder Tyler Tanguay assisting on the first and junior midfielder Mitch Barnard assisting on the second. At the end of regulation the score was tied 11-11, forcing overtime to decide a winner.

The first overtime ended with the teams still in a deadlock, again forcing another overtime. Again it seemed the teams were headed for another overtime period until with 44 seconds left Kilcoyne once again scored for the Bulldogs, giving the team the 12-11 win.

Sophomore goalie Kevin Lerg minded the pipes for the Bulldogs, finishing the game with 11 saves, improving Lerg’s season record to 5-1. In seven games this season Lerg is 5-1 with 368:36 minutes between the pipes, 55 goals against, 70 saves, and a GAA of 8.95

The team will have the rest of the week off before they faceoff against Hanover at home on Friday at 7 p.m.

“It was really exciting playing in such a close game. We have come close to beating them in the past, it was fulfilling to finally beat them,” said senior defenseman Zac Colvin.

Women’s tennis excited for fresh start and new season

Adrian College women’s tennis player senior Sarah Sokolowski prepares to serve during the team’s match against Spring Arbor Feb. 16. The team’s record is now 1-2 overall.

After finishing last season 5-13 overall, and bowing out of the MIAA tournament after losing to Albion and Calvin, the Adrian College women’s tennis team is back in action and looking for redemption. Over the summer Mike Duffy, athletic director, decided a change was needed and brought in new head coach Adam Albertson. Albertson joins the staff after coaching St. Norbert to a Midwest Conference North Division Title.

With the addition of a new coach, and returning their core group of players, the team feels they have the recipe for success.

“Having five seniors gives us a lot of talent and experience along with great leadership. We all work hard and dedicate ourselves to winning,” said freshman Karen Kienitz.

So far the team has had three matches, the first of which was a season opening win over NCAA Division 2 Hillsdale College Feb. 12 in Ada, Ohio. Playing a strong match, the Bulldogs eventually came away with a 6-3 victory over the Chargers. Senior Sarah Kean defeated the Chargers Morgan Linden 6-4, 6-0, senior Sarah Brooks defeated Abby Sjoeresma 5-1, 6-0, junior Jordenne Ferenczi defeated Olivia Renfroe 6-1, 6-0, and senior Sarah Sokolowski defeated Jayme Weber 6-1, 6-0. In doubles, senior Shannon Woods and Brooks defeated Linden and Sjoeresma 8-1. Sokolowski and Ferenczi were also victorious, defeating Renfroe and Weber 8-2.

The team’s second match, also in Ada, Ohio, took place later that day, as they took on Ohio Northern. It was a tough break for the Bulldogs, as they would eventually fall to the Polar Bears 7-2.

After a four day break from competition the team hit the courts once again Feb. 16, taking on Spring Arbor University in their home opener. Once again, it would be a tough outing for the Bulldogs, seeing them fall to the Cougars 8-1.

Even though the team currently sits at 1-2, they are still confident they will have an extremely successful season. Coach Albertson has been a major factor in helping maintain the team’s focus and confidence.

“With our new coach this year, things have been going great! Coach Adam is very motivating and positive; when we are down in a match, he comes over and boosts use up and keeps us positive,” said senior Shelby Kruszewski.

So far, Sokolowski leads the team in singles wins with a perfect record of 3-0. Brooks and Woods are currently leading the team in doubles with a record of 1-0. Doubles partners Ferenczi and Sokolowski are second with a record of 1-1.

“We have the knowhow and mindset to go into big matches and pullout wins. We love winning, and will never give up, not matter how dire the situation seems,” said Brooks.

The team’s next match is Feb. 25, when they will travel to Tiffon, Ohio to faceoff against Heidelberg University at 1 p.m. After Heidelberg, the team will have almost a full month off between matches, before taking on Cornerstone University March 19 at home.

To be successful the remainder of the season, the team knows they must rely on each other and their experience to be successful.

“The support we have for each other and our past three years of experience will reflect on the courts,” Brooks said.

Commentary: Halfway to awesome

During this year’s Superbowl Sunday, the NFL treated millions of people around the world to yet another paltry attempt at putting on a Superbowl halftime show. As with years past, the show included sub-par vocals from its headline artist, poor song choices, and a hearty serving of controversy. This year’s lineup included current and popular artists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, and aging songstress Madonna.

To start, let’s discuss the artists that performed at the show. Now, one would think the halftime show planners would want to get the biggest and hottest acts of the year to perform. Nope. Instead, they gave the reigns to Madonna, an artist who hasn’t been relevant in the last 15 years, regardless of how hard she tries.

First of all, when your headline artist is singing songs that were popular when I was trying to wheel girls in Mrs. Arrowheart’s kindergarten class, you’ve got a problem. Seriously, she has an album coming out shortly, why didn’t she showcase more of her new stuff?

Besides her song choice, Madge looked like she was struggling a bit while doing her choreography. So much in fact, that it might have been the reason she was blatantly lip-syncing during her performance. I don’t think she realizes her days of being a sex symbol and limber enough to dance are long gone.

Piers Morgan eloquently summed up Madonna’s performance, saying, “It was like watching your drunken aunt at Christmas.”

Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and Cee Lo Green did an impeccable job adding talent and entertainment to the show. Minaj and LMFAO both have an innate ability to just rock a show, and that came through during their performance. Cee Lo also stayed true to form, and displayed his unique, but powerful voice, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Now, we move on to M.I.A., who decided that the middle of the Superbowl halftime show was the perfect time to extend her middle finger. I did not personally see M.I.A. giving the cameras a middle finger salute, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. Someone always has to be ‘that guy,’ wanting to stir up controversy or debate simply because they can.

To be honest, I’d rather see M.I.A’s middle finger than Janet Jackson’s nipple, circa the 2004 halftime show. What’s the point of doing it, though? What did she hope to accomplish with her actions? Of course NBC quickly went into damage control, and released a statement apologizing for the incident.

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime, it was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late,” said NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey.

Aside from fingers being flicked and questionable artist selections, the rest of the show was actually one of the best in recent memory. There was numerous support, lots of backup dancers elaborately dressed, and an LED-lit stage that was so amazing it could induce seizures. I found myself awestruck at the lit stage; it was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole show. So, at the very least, the planners got those aspects right.

Every year it seems the halftime show gets a little bit better, but the planners still need to start getting more mainstream and relevant artists to headline the show.

While the effort was there this year, it still fell far short of many people’s expectations. I still hold out hope that maybe, just maybe, they will pull all the pieces together and put on an awesome show.

The planners are only a few performers away from being where I would like to see the show be. Only time will tell if the halftime show planners step up to the plate and knock it out of the park, or if they continue down their current path of mediocrity.

Women’s bowling continues strong play down final stretch

It was an exciting weekend for the Adrian College women’s bowling team. Not only did they place fourth in Queen City, their highest conference finish this season, but they also set a new program record for highest combined team game, bowling a 999. Over the course of seven games during the tournament the team averaged 896.29 pins per game.

The team’s strong play could not have come at a better time, according to head coach Jody Fetterhoff.

“Breaking the team game record again this season says a lot about how this team is coming together at the right time. We are peaking at the right time and are hoping to beat some higher-ranked teams,” said Fetterhoff.

During the tournament, Adrian had four bowlers finish in the top 27, with sophomore Chelsea Essenmacher leading the way in 12th. Senior Nicole Corstange finished 16th, freshman Nicole Loomis took 22nd, and junior Kristin Marcis took 27th place.

Essenmacher, who currently averages 178.29 pins per game knows the importance of not letting the team’s success go to their heads.

“To continue to be successful we need to stick together as a team and pick each other up to keep the energy we bring to each tournament,” said Essenmacher.

Up next for the Bulldogs will be the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. Feb. 18 and 19. With over 50 teams competing in the tournament, this will be another important test as the team prepares for the postseason.

“This tournament is very important because we will be able to get an idea of the caliber of teams that we will be facing at our sectional qualifier,” Corstange said.

After the Backhaul Direct, the team has a week to prepare for their final match of the regular season, the American Heartland Conference Championships Feb. 25 in Warren, Ohio. During the tournament, the team has two goals: polish up their game to prepare for sectionals, and to improve upon their third place finish at last year’s conference championships.

“It will be challenging because our conference has some great teams in it,” said Fetterhoff. “Our highest finish so far this season was last week’s fourth place, but with a double elimination bracket format anything can happen.”

Prior to their last match of the season on Feb. 25, the team will find out what sectional they will compete in Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. The top 64 teams will be divided up into one of four sectional tournaments, which are selected by team rankings, driving time, and travel costs. USBC Singles sectional qualifying will take place Mar. 9 and team sectional qualifying will take place Mar. 10 and 11.

Overall, the team is confident in their ability to perform well against some of the top teams in the country and make a good run at a national championship.

“We know we can qualify for sectionals, we just have to stay focused, positive, and keep our heads up no matter what,” said Loomis. “In order for our team to be successful we need to keep working hard. We need to stay together as a team and not let anything get to us.”

Women’s hockey takes two from Finlandia over weekend

The Adrian College women’s hockey team was perfect this weekend, taking a pair of conference games from Finlandia, 5-0 and 3-0. The two wins helped improve the Bulldogs overall record to 8-8-2 and 6-6-2 in conference play.

Jan. 27, the Bulldogs faced off against Finlandia in the first of a two-game series. The Lions got off to a bad start when Nanci Crossman took a hooking penalty 3:12 into the first period. Just under a minute and a half later the Bulldogs made them pay when sophomore forward Nina Laurie scored a power play goal assisted by junior defenseman Kristin Maton and junior forward Ashley Gniewek. Senior forward Jenna Corbin rounded out the first period scoring at 16:35; she was assisted by Laurie, and senior defenseman Kelly Salis.

Freshman forward Hannah McGowan scored the lone goal of the second period. She was assisted by Laurie and Salis. Senior forward Olivia Rork recorded another Bulldog power play goal at 7:46 of the third. Sophomore forward Sarah Connelly and McGowan were credited with the assist. The final Bulldog goal was scored at 11:34 of the third by sophomore defenseman Amanda Gay. She was assisted by Gniewek and sophomore forward Danielle Smith. As the final horn sounded the Bulldogs came out victorious with a shutout.

Senior goalie Brittany Zeches played the entire 60 minutes in net for the Bulldogs, turning aside all 20 shots she faced in the process. Laurie led the team in points, recording one goal and two assists and Rork led the team in penalty minutes, aquiring four throughout the game.

Jan. 28, the Bulldogs once again took on the Finlandia Lions, with about the same results. Salis got the scoring started early for Adrian when she recorded a power play tally just 1:55 into the game. Smith and McGowan were credited with the assists.

Junior forward Ashley Chinn added on another Adrian goal at 5:50 of the second, assisted by Laurie and sophomore defenseman Rebecca Smith. Under eight minutes later, freshman defenseman Courtney Millar scored the final goal of the game, and secured the sweep for the Bulldogs. Millar was assisted by Laurie and McGowan.

Sophomore goalie Emily Michelin recorded the win, stopping all 15 shots she faced in the process. Laurie and McGowan led the team in points, each recording two assists. Smith led the Bulldogs in penalty minutes, accumulating 14 during the game.

The team will once again be on the road this weekend as they take on Wisc.-Stevens Point Feb. 4 and 5.