Senior Day Tribute: Baseball

On Friday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at Boeve Stadium, the Hope College baseball team will pay tribute to its eight graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Stu Fritz honors them here.

Cal Barrett

Cal Barrett — Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan (Chelsea HS); Major: Mechanical Engineering

“Cal is our starting catcher as a senior. He waited his turn to be behind the plate and was our DH as a junior. Cal has hit in the middle of our line-up and is a very good defensive catcher. He has a great ability to receive the baseball and a very good working relationship with our pitching staff. Cal is also involved with the Formula Race team as an engineering student.”

Evan Becker

Evan Becker — Hometown: Rochester, Michigan (Stoney Creek HS); Major: Business

“Evan is a captain and a go-to guy in our program. He is an incredibly hard worker in the classroom and on the field. He is also one of our fastest players and best athletes. Evan is the glue that holds our team together; he’s a great teammate and a better friend. First class young man all the way around.”

Ted Eppinga — Hometown: Saline, Michigan (Saline HS); Major: Mathematics

“Teddy would have been a three-year starter at first base and a force in the middle of our line-up. He has had a nagging shoulder injury this year and has missed most of the season. He led our team in home runs as a sophomore, and we have missed his presence in our line-up this year.”

Max Gaishin

Max Gaishin — Hometown: Stevensville, Michigan (Stevensville Lakeshore HS); Major: Integrated Science Group Elementary Education

“Max is an outstanding person. He has every quality you want in a son, or your son’s, or daughter’s, teacher. This year he is one of our captains. Max has been a four-year starter on the mound for us and pitched some outstanding games. I am excited to watch Max goes out into the world as an educator.”

Evan Maday — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Kentwood HS); Major: Civil Engineering

“Evan is a four-year starter and a two-year captain. He will go down as one of the best to play at Hope during my tenure. He has been a great leader on and off the field, a very good student and a tenacious competitor. He is a very gifted athlete and excels at a variety of tasks. Evan is our single-season and career stolen-base record holder and currently leads the nation in stolen bases. He’s a first class young man whom I have had the pleasure to coach.”

Kameron Miller

Kameron Miller — Hometown: Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater HS); Major: Business

“Kam has been our #1 pitcher this year. His cornerstone game was a complete shutout shutout against Alma in the league tourney. He has worked tirelessly to get to the top of his game. Kam is a very bright student and has accepted an accounting job after graduation.”

Joey Merucci

Joey Merucci — Hometown: Northville Township, Michigan (Catholic Central HS); Major: Business

“Joey had a very good sophomore season as a first-year starter. He is a very driven and focused young man. He has a high baseball IQ and a level of passion for the game that we don’t see every day. Joey plays a very good third base with his biggest asset being the strength of his arm. He is also a very good leader/coordinator in our program.”

Al Vasquez

Al Vasquez — Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan (Chelsea HS); Major: Environmental Science

“Al has come back from Tommy John surgery and has had a great senior year. He has been our #2 starter. Al came to our program as a transfer and has not had much of an opportunity to compete because of COVID. We have been beyond excited to watch him his senior year. His work ethic is second-to-none.”

Senior Day Tribute: Men’s Track and Field

On Thursday, May 6 with the start of MIAA Field Day at the Alma College, the Hope College men’s track and field team will pay tribute to its 10 graduating seniors. Since the squad did not have a home meet this year to celebrate those seniors, they are honored here by their coaches.

Andrew Althouse

Andrew Althouse — Hometown: Ludington, Michigan (Ludington HS); Major: Business

“As a two-sport student-athlete (he plays football too), Drew has done a nice job balancing the demands of athletics and school in his schedule.  This is the first year on the track and field team, but he’s been absolutely coachable and ready to make any changes needed to improve his technique.  His physical stature may be what you first notice about him, but it’s been his work ethic that has allowed him to keep finding improvements in his personal records.  Drew has been an awesome addition and I’m glad to have had the chance to work with him.” — Assistant Coach Paul Markel

Barry Bait

Barry Bait — Hometown: Granville, Ohio (Granville HS); Major: Biomedical/Biomechanical Engineering

“Barry has been the core of the men’s pole-vaulting squad for 4 years and has steadily improved through hard work and dedication.  He is now among the best vaulters in the conference.  Barry may also be one of the nicest guys to ever put on a Hope uniform.  He is always willing to help out coaches and other athletes and can always be counted on to be a leader.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Lukas Bruxvoort

Lukas Bruxvoort — Hometown: Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS); Major: Biology

“Lukas is a very talented athlete who has been able to out-jump almost everyone on the team since his freshman season.  His quiet intensity belies his underlying desire to be the best.  He steadily improved each year and was poised to have a great senior year with some impressive early jumps.  Unfortunately, his season was ended prematurely by an injury but he was a very important part of our jumps squad for 4 years and we will miss him next year.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Jacob Kelley

Jacob Kelley — Hometown: Rockford, Michigan (Rockford HS); Major: Religion – Christian History and Theology

“Jacob has really developed these past four years as a runner and a leader on the team.  He was willing to try a new event (steeplechase) and has become one of the top performers in the conference.  Hopefully he remains open to trying new things.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Jared Lowe

Jared Lowe — Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming HS); Major: Business

“Jared has been one of the best high jumpers in the conference since his freshman year and has also been successful in the triple jump.  Jared keeps himself very busy but still has time to be a great athlete and an excellent team-mate.  It is always fun to be around Jared and he is always willing to help out his fellow athletes.  We will miss having his laid-back, fun attitude on the jumps squad.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Zackary Murphy

Zackary Murphy — Hometown: Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater HS); Major: Exercise Science

Zack is a strong leader and motivator. He gives everything he has in races and helps to bring the best out of his teammates.  I really appreciate the impact he has had these past four years in the classroom and on the course and track.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Noah Russo

Noah Russo — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Major: Business

“From the first week working with Noah his freshman year, I would’ve bet he would be a team captain by his senior year (he made it by his junior year instead).  He shows leadership by example and by providing support, helping out with our younger throwers wherever possible.  Noah is great at building the type of camaraderie in our group that helps turn the individual events of track and field into a team experience.  Now at the end of his four years, he’s put in countless hours honing his technique and training himself to be faster, stronger, and more fit, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does at the end of the season.” — Assistant Coach Paul Markel

Brett Slayton

Brett Slayton — Hometown: Holland, Michigan (Hamilton HS); Major: Communication

“Consistency and hard work define Brett’s career.  He is a person we can depend on to lead others, give his all, and perform well where we place him.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Chris Stamatopoulos — Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS); Major: Biomedical/Biomechanical Engineering

“Chris has been a very successful 400m hurdler for the team and after rehabbing an early injury has also become our best javelin thrower.  He is a very talented individual who sets lofty goals for himself and works hard to attain them.  He is always fun, always outspoken and always looking for ways to get better.  He has evolved into a very good leader on the team and his influence will be missed after he graduates.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

John Vander Vliet

John Vander Vliet — Hometown: Ada, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern HS); Majors: Public Accounting and Business

“John has been great to have on the team and enjoys the training aspects of track and field as much as anyone I’ve coached.  He’s always eager to put in extra effort in the weight room and his extra work has shown in his performances this year.  John has high expectations for himself, and with a few meets to go this year, I believe he’ll hit his goals.  Moving forward, as long as he can apply the discipline he’s shown in his training, diet, and preparations for throwing, I know he’ll be successful in whatever he does.” – Assistant Coach Paul Markel

Senior Day Tribute: Women’s Track and Field

On Thursday, May 6 with the start of MIAA Field Day at the Alma College, the Hope College women’s track and field team will pay tribute to its 11 graduating seniors. Since the squad did not have a home meet this year to celebrate those seniors, they are honored by their track and field coaches here.

Hannah Bredewg

Hannah Bredeweg — Hometown: Benton Harbor, Michigan (Stevensville-Lakeshore HS); Major: Nursing

“Hannah has been a mainstay of our jumps group for 4 years.  She’s competed in all of the jumps and has been one of our best jumpers since her first year.  She works hard, has a lot of fun and always has a smile and encouragement for everyone every day.  We will miss her beauty queen wave and her infectious laugh but the world may be safer without her driving the cart.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Jacinda Cole

Jacinda Cole — Hometown: Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS); Major: English Language Arts K-8 Education

“Jacinda became a strong, confident leader and is leaving a lasting impression on the rest of the team.  Her hard work has led to tremendous improvements all while demonstrating how to effectively balance the strain of academics and athletics and excel at both.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Addy Gerig

Addyson Gerig — Hometown: Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS); Major: Integrated Science Group Elementary Education

“Addy has been THE best high jumper in the MIAA every year since her sophomore season and has also been one of the top triple jumpers, long jumpers and hurdlers.  She worked hard in-season and out of season to become visibly stronger and more proficient every year. Her work ethic is infectious, and she has grown into an amazing leader with a wealth of knowledge about her events.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Hannah Kenny

Hannah Kenny — Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven HS); Majors: Spanish and Social Work-CSWE

“Losing her senior season last spring, Hannah has returned for another year and we are very pleased!  Her maturity at practice and in competition has a calming influence on the younger runners and has helped to motivate them to work hard together to reach their goals.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Mical Knafel

Mical Knafel — Hometown: Marshall, Michigan (Marshall HS); Major: Exercise Science

“Mical has been a terrific senior pick up for the throwers and has had a great attitude from day one.  Though completely new to track and field, she has fit right in with our group and has put in the work at each practice to improve her technique.  She takes a constructive approach toward training, whether a session is going well or not, and pushes herself to get better each day.  Her positivity is contagious at practice and I’m glad she accepted the invitation to join the team.” — Assistant Coach Paul Markel

Claire Muckian

Claire Muckian — Hometown: Saint Charles, Illinois (Saint Charles East HS); Major: Neuroscience

“Claire contributes to the team in so many ways:  leader, encourager, mentor and friend.  Injuries have not slowed her desire to help others improve and we are better because of her dedication to the well-being of others.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Nicole Prihoda

Nicole Prihoda — Hometown: Poretage, Michigan (Portage Central HS); Major: Biology

“Returning from leg surgery, it is exciting to see Nicole running again.  The joy she brings to the team and the example she shows by her dedication is truly an inspiration to the other women.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Lauryn Thompson

Lauryn Thompson – Hometown: Portage, Michigan (Hackett Catholic Prep); Major: Exercise Science

“Lauryn is dedicated to excellence in the classroom and on the course.  Her lasting legacy is that she works very hard and encourages her teammates to do likewise.  She is always ready to help others.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Brooke Truszkowski

Brooke Truszkowski: Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan (Traverse City Central HS); Majors: Business and Communication

“Her investment in the lives of the younger runners is so evident by the support they mutually share for her and their teammates.  She works hard in practice and races to the finish line, encouraging her teammates all the way.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Emily Tyner

Emily Tyner — Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Ann Arbor Skyline HS); Major: Exercise Science

“Emily joined the team after transferring to Hope with an incredible desire to be amazing at every event possible.  She pole-vaulted, jumped, ran hurdles, threw and even ran the second fastest time by anyone at Hope in the 2k.  It eventually became evident that her greatest gift was in javelin throwing where she has been among the very best throwers in the MIAA each year.  She has a deep desire to succeed and is not afraid to work hard to get there while infecting others with her boundless energy.” — Head Coach Kevin Cole

Emma Wabel

Emma Wabel — Hometown: Linden, Michigan (Linden HS); Majors: Biology and Philosophy

“Emma specializes in middle distance and is one of the leaders in her training group. She works very hard and has enjoyed solid improvements in her performances. Her encouragement of her teammates at practice and in meets is appreciated by everyone.” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Julia Wilson

Julia Wilson — Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Lancaster Mennonite HS); Major: Biology

“Julia was a great surprise to our program last year. She had never competed competitively but quickly learned how to train and race. Her positive attitude and encouraging spirit helped to make her teammates better everyday. I wish we had her for two more years!” — Assistant Coach Mark Northuis

Senior Day Tribute: Women’s Tennis

On Wednesday, May 5 with the start of the MIAA Tournament at the Etheridge Tennis Complex, the Hope College women’s tennis team will pay tribute to its three graduating seniors. Before Bailey Chorney, Brigid DeVries and Leah Newhof wrap up their careers at Hope, head coach Bob Cawood honors these seniors here.

“Thank you seniors for everything you’ve done for this program!” said Cawood. “You’ve made the experience for your teammates and coaches enjoyable. You three have left a lasting impression for future years.”

Bailey Chorney

Bailey Chorney — Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin (Waunakee HS); Majors: Business and Spanish

“Bailey, along Brigid, are the first players I have coached for all four years. We’ve shared and created so many memories together. One of my all-time favorite coaching moments actually came in a loss against Kenyon College during Bailey’s sophomore year. She battled at the No. 5 singles spot against a very good player and still is one of the best singles matches I’ve seen her play. We almost took down a top-15 team during nationals. My hope is that we are playing our best tennis at the end of the year and that is exactly what Bailey did that day. I was so incredibly proud of Bailey’s fight and play! She has been an absolute joy to coach and this program is better because of her. Bailey’s match record over four years: Doubles: 49-28; Singles: 33-27”

Brigid DeVries

Brigid DeVries — Hometown: Bradenburg, Kentucky (Meade County HS); Major: Business

“B’s has been a tremendous part of this team for four years. She comes to practice with a positive attitude, works hard, has been an amazing teammate and has done all this with a grace about her that has made it extremely enjoyable to be around. B’s match record over four years: Doubles: 3-2; Singles: 8-4”

Leeah Newhof

Leah Newhof — Hometown: Caledonia, Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian HS); Major: Exercise Science

“It has been an absolute pleasure to coach Leah for the past two years. She transferred to Hope after her sophomore year and since she was my first transfer student-athlete, I didn’t know what to expect. Her charismatic personality helped her make the transition extremely quick and smooth, not only with the team but my relationship with Leah. She will go down as one of the easiest players to coach on court. Her competitive spirit and coach-ability made it extremely enjoyable. I am so happy Leah transferred. She has brought a lot to make this program better. Leah’s match record over two years (parenthesis is previous two years): Doubles: 16-3 (38-15) Singles: 15-6 (42-14)”

Senior Day Tribute: Women’s Golf

On Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at Clearbrook Golf Club in Saugatuck, the Hope College women’s golf team will pay tribute to its two graduating seniors. Before Abigail Meder and Jordyn Rioux wrap up their careers in a friendly match-up event against Calvin University, head coach Greg Stafford honors these seniors here.

Abigail Meder

Abigail Meder — Hometown: Lansing, Michigan (Lansing Catholic Central HS); Majors: Biology and Psychology

“Abby Meder is a great team leader and teammate! Abby leads by example and the entire team looks to her for direction. She is a very good competitor but has even better sportsmanship. She makes everyone around her a better person.”

Jordyn Rioux

Jordyn Rioux — Hometown: Farmington, Michigan (Livonia Ladywood HS); Major: English Language Arts K-8 Education

“Jordyn takes great pride in her role on the team as a co-captain with Abby Meder. She is a very driven competitor, too. Jordyn has the desire to be the best and works very hard at her game. Her skills and leadership will be greatly missed.”

Senior Day Tribute: Softball

On Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at Wolters Stadium, the Hope College softball team will pay tribute to its five graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Mary VandeHoef honors these seniors here.

Claire Bates

Claire Bates — Hometown: Midland, Michigan (Bullock Creek HS); Major: Social Work – CSWE

“Claire pursues everything she sets her mind to with excellence and the way she fulfills her role on this team is no different. She cares about her teammates as whole people and is always pushing those on our team to be their best. She packs a lot of punch in her swing and has worked and improved in her four years to be able to help our team offensively.”

Jo Cook

Jo Cook — Hometown: Birch Run, Michigan (Birch Run HS); Major: Nursing

“You want to be on a team with Jo Cook. She brings consistent energy, and through that brings a steadiness this team knows it can rely on. She is a tremendous leader and is someone who always has the team’s best at the forefront of her mind. She is a teammate who cares deeply, brings the fun, and has worked hard at her game to be great on both sides of the ball.”

Saavannah Dixon

Savannah Dixon — Hometown: Niles, Michigan (Edwardsburg HS); Major: Nursing

“Sav wants to win. Every game, every at bat, every play. That competitiveness she has within her has propelled her to play at an incredibly high level her entire career. She makes tough plays in the field look routine and gives everyone around her confidence defensively. She has also been an important piece of the puzzle in the heart of our line-up and has had a significant impact in her career both on the field and at the plate.”

Morgann Kanouse

Morgann Kanouse — Hometown: Cadillac, Michigan (Cadillac HS); Major: Business

“Morgann’s heart for this team is incredibly special. She would do anything to help a teammate out and puts others ahead of herself. She has grown into an outstanding servant-leader and has developed a strong voice within our team. She has been a force behind the plate and leaves it all on the field every time she competes so that our team has the best opportunity to win.”

Megan Soderbloom

Megan Soderbloom — Hometown: Dowagiac, Michigan (Dowagiac HS); Major: Public Accounting

“Megan is an incredibly fierce competitor who wants the ball in her hand and to be up at the plate in the big moments. She is willing to do whatever it takes to help our team succeed. Her intensity and mental toughness propel our team, and her drive to be successful has helped her develop and grow over her career. She has great command on the field and instills confidence in our team through her powerful presence.”

Spring Student-Athletes Discuss Gratitude and Leadership, Part 2

Six Hope College student-athletes share what they have been focusing on during a spring season changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times.

In Part 1, they answered the following question regarding leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this school year amid the pandemic that has required so many changes to the way you do things?” 

In Part 2, the team captains answered the following question regarding gratitude: “What is something positive you have experienced this school year that you might not have during a “traditional” season?”

Jo Cook, Softball

“No other Hope Softball team has gone through a season like this, which I feel makes us expectational in our own way regardless of what our record shows. I believe the positive of this season is that the team knows how special the time we have together is, and it is not taken for granted.”

Bailey Chorney, Women’s Tennis

“Something positive I have experienced this year is getting to write motivational letters for teammates and receiving them back. This is something we like to do once in a while as a team in order to encourage each other. I get so much joy from both writing and receiving these, and it is something we have been able to keep up with even though it is not a ‘traditional’ season.”

Luke Elder, Men’s Lacrosse

“There is a sense of closeness within our team. This season, more than most, there is a tremendous feeling of togetherness and brotherhood. As much as the pandemic has brought hardship, it’s forced us to hold each other accountable and find unique ways of communicating and being together.”

Paige Rosenbrook, Women’s Lacrosse

“Though this year has been weird, one thing I have appreciated is how it has brought the team together. Since we have to be careful with who we see outside of the team, we have been hanging out more than any other year. After last season being taken away, I think we all have a new level of appreciation for this season and the team. It’s been awesome creating these bonds with each other!”

Evan Becker, Baseball

“Oftentimes being put in smaller groups due to COVID, I have built better relationships with people I otherwise might not have.”

Hayley Scollard, Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

“Something positive I experienced during this school year was giving grace toward everyone, myself included. I used to put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. But the pandemic blew all of that out of the water. It made me realize what’s really important. And now I am just grateful for everyday we have as a team, the health of our bodies, the ability to run, jump, throw and compete. That may sound counter-intuitive since I am a competitive athlete, but I find my impact on Hope will be mostly through the relationships I have formed rather than the races I have won. The most significant positive would definitely be the relationships we have formed and continue to strengthen due to the unique experience we have had as student-athletes during a pandemic.”

Evan Becker, Bailey Chorney, Jo Cook, Luke Elder, Paige Rosenbrook and Hayley Scollard each pose for portrait.

Spring Student-Athletes Discuss Gratitude and Leadership, Part 1

Six Hope College student-athletes share what they have been focusing on during a spring season changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times.

In Part 1, they answered the following question regarding leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this school year amid the pandemic that has required so many changes to the way you do things?” 

In Part 2, the team captains answered the following question regarding gratitude: “What is something positive you have experienced this school year that you might not have during a “traditional” season?”

Hayley Scollard, Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

“I think I helped the team just by showing up and allowing track to be a space for whatever people need. Some days just showing up to practice felt difficult since we did not have competitions for a long period of time. For a while, the team morale felt pretty low. But I knew if I gave up on giving my full effort, even with the little things and not putting my best self forward at practice, I was doing a disservice to my team. I tried to be positive but realistic as a captain, and tried to frequently check-in on teammates. My concern was more about everyone’s mental wellbeing. I hoped practice was a positive part of everyone’s day and made them closer to realizing their potential as an athlete. I tried my best to have a positive attitude since there is little we have control over, but I felt grateful to be able to run everyday that we could.”

Evan Becker, Baseball

“For me, I think trying to lead this year has been a great experience and although it has been difficult. I think it has been easier to relate to every guy on the team because we are all going through the same thing. As a leader, I think it has been important to express being smart on and off the field in hopes of keeping COVID away from our program to the best of our ability. I’ve also tried to listen to any concerns that my teammates have had because just being there for a teammate to let out frustration or confusion can help.”

Jo Cook, Softball

“I feel I bring a positive attitude every single day I get a chance to play my sport and be with my team. I want to bring a smile to others in a time when that can be difficult for some. As a leader and a senior, it can be tiresome continually hearing changes and new restrictions, but my main goal this year is to not let that affect the time that I have with my team.”

Paige Rosenbrook, Women’s Lacrosse

“This year, I have put focus on being positive and having fun. Through everything that has happened, I think it’s important to look for the bright side and enjoy each moment we have.” 

Luke Elder, Men’s Lacrosse

“We’ve worked hard to control the controllable. I’ve tried to focus our attention on practicing with intensity every day, doing the little things right and being there for each other. Our team has adopted the mantra that practice is our “recess” for the day — our time to enjoy the sport we love and forget about everything else.”

Bailey Chorney, Women’s Tennis

“As our captain this year, one of my biggest focuses was trying to find ways for our team to still connect amidst the pandemic. Especially with last year’s season being cut short as well, this season in a way feels like the first real season for both freshmen and sophomores. Because of this, I have worked really hard and collaborated with others to think of some new ways to connect with teammates. These are things such as team hikes — but distanced with masks — team dinners—but distanced with masks ‚ and team bible study — but distanced with masks, and other things along similar lines. Amidst all of this chaos, I think our team can agree that we can still be each other’s source of comfort and family on campus.”

Senior Day Tribute: Men’s Lacrosse

On Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Soccer Stadium, the Hope College men’s lacrosse team will pay tribute to its four graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Michael Schanhals honors these seniors here.

Adam Bell

Adam Bell — Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan (Oxford HS); Major: Business

Adam has worked hard to serve our team, no matter what is asked of him. He routinely comes into games under the most difficult circumstances and he excels under this pressure. He has been resilient, and an excellent leader for our program.  He has accepted a job with Coyote Logistics in Detroit.

Luke Elder

Luke Elder — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Majors: Communication and Studio Art

Luke has been an excellent leader and captain for us. He has excelled on the field, in the classroom, and as a teammate. He will pursue graduate studies in Integrated Marketing Communications next year.

Peter Reynolds — Hometown: Holland, Michigan (Black River HS); Majors: Communication and English

Our team loves Peter. He has done an excellent job serving our program, and is an entertaining teammate. He has regularly battled through health issues to help our program. He has accepted a job with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and his future plans include being the first diabetic to wrestle a grizzly bear and win.

Colton Warren

Colton Warren — Hometown: Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS); Major: Comprehensive Education K-8

Colton has thrived both on and off the field, and he has been an outstanding teammate. Colton’s energy and grin are infectious and he routinely makes everyone’s day a little better. He will be interviewing for jobs in West Michigan.

Senior Day Tribute: Women’s Lacrosse

On Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in Van Andel Soccer Stadium, the Hope College women’s lacrosse team will pay tribute to its 10 graduating seniors. Since few fans are allowed at the event to recognize these student-athletes’ careers, head coach Keagan Pontious honors these seniors here.

“It has been a privilege and honor to coach all of these young women,” Pontious starts. “They have made me a better coach each and every day we saw each other. They fought through situations that no one could have predicted would ever come about. They stayed determined and focused throughout their four years to prove that Hope women’s lacrosse team is full of amazing young women. I am so proud of what we have built as a program with these women as our leaders. They will be missed greatly. We love you all and are proud to welcome you as Hope women’s lacrosse alumna.”

Caitlyn Cowell

Caitlyn Cowell — Hometown: Culver, Indiana (Culver Academies); Major: Business

“Caitlyn is our strong defensive leader. She has the knowledge and lax IQ that allows her to teach those around her. She recognizes and adapts quickly in a game allowing us to shut down the opponent. Her experience on the defensive end will be missed!”

Rachel Elder

Rachel Elder — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Majors: Business and Communication

Rachel has unbelievable passion for this game. She constantly works on ways to grow mentally, physically and spiritually so she can be better than she was the day before. She has a fantastic positive attitude that is contagious for our team, and she sets a great example with her work ethic.

Laurel Frederickson

Laurel Frederickson — Hometown: Alto, Michigan (Lowell HS); Majors: Public Accounting and Business

Laurel has been an amazing goalie for this program for the last four years. She has sacrificed so much for this team and continues to do so everyday. She is one of the toughest players we have.

Helen Holt

Helen Holt — Hometown: Myersville, Maryland (Middletown HS); Major: Biology

Helen is our vocal leader who brings light and reason to stressful situations. She always puts her teammates first and is willing to go the extra mile for the team.

Madison Micho

Madison Micho — Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS); Major: Mechanical Engineering

Madison is one of our most passionate players. She loves this game and is determined to compete every day. She has the biggest heart and cares so much about her teammates. Her work ethic is one that we all respect greatly.

Caroline Milholland

Caroline Milholland — Hometown: Midland, Michigan (H.H. Dow HS); Major: Exercise Science

Caroline is the most consistent player we have. She shows up every day with a fantastic attitude, a smile and focus. She is a great defender who recognizes how we can improve as a defensive unit.

Carly Pieri

Carly Pieri — Hometown: Alto, Michigan (Caledonia HS); Major: Comprehensive Education & Special Education

Carly is a very driven player who will do anything for this team. She is a player who thrives in stressful situations and is a game time finisher. Carly’s love for this game and her teammates is unmatchable.

Jane Ragains

Jane Ragains — Hometown: Western Springs, Illinois (Lyons Township HS); Major: Physical Education

Jane has become a fantastic leader for us. She repeatedly puts in work every day and encourages her teammates to do the same. She pushes those around her mentally and physically in a positive way.

Paige Rosenbrook

Paige Rosenbrook — Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan (Haslett HS); Major: Mechanical Engineering

Paige is our glue player and charismatic leader. She cares so much about every one of her teammates that it allows us to be successful. She shows empathy and builds those up around her.

Paige Wilmer

Paige Wilmer — Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington HS); Major: Nursing

Paige’s quiet leadership and solid work ethic is an important asset to our team. She leads by example, and puts her teammates first. Paige’s midfield vision and creativity on the field allows her to be successful.