An amazing run of victories has resulted in a first-ever invitation to the Hope College women's lacrosse team to compete in the post-season playoffs of the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) this weekend in Toledo, Ohio. The games will be played at the University of Toledo.
Lacrosse for men and women at Hope College is a club sport with the goal of it becoming a varsity sport when it is recognized by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), possibly as early as the 2012-13 school year. Women's lacrosse has been a club sport at Hope since 2000.
This year the Flying Dutch posted an 11-2 record reeling off 11 consecutive victories after suffering losses in their first two outings. The team finished runnerup to Aquinas in the North Central region of the 40-team conference that consists of Division I, II and III institutions from New York to Wisconsin.
Hope will compete in the "B" division playoffs beginning Saturday against an unbeaten Aquinas team (19-0) that defeated the Flying Dutch 14-7 early in the season. Other teams in the "B" division playoffs are Oakland, West Virginia, Dayton, DePaul, Butler and Augustana. Hope is seeded sixth among the eight teams.