The Flying Dutchmen opened their season in grand style defeating first-time opponent College of Faith, Ark 118-20 on Friday in Naperville, Ill.
Hope’s margin of victory of 98 points establishes an all-time school record that stood for 108 years. The previous mark was 93 points in a 101-8 victory over the Grand Rapids YMCA.
Pre-season All-American Nate Snuggerud set the tone for another outstanding season shooting a school-record 13-for-13 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from three-point range, en route to a 29 point performance in just 18 minutes of playing time.
He is the first Hope player to have a perfect night when making more than 10 baskets in the game. The previous school mark for single game shooting was a 14-for-15 effort by Marty Snoap in a 100-85 win over Wabash in 1968.
Grand Haven graduate Nate VanArendonk got the start at center for Hope and finished with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. He also added six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals in 16 minutes of action.
On Saturday, Hope lost to North Central College, 60-49.
VanArendonk played 31 minutes, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds to go with a pair of blocked shots. He got to the free throw line 10 times, making five.
HOPE WOMEN ALSO WIN
The Flying Dutch opened their season with an impressive 70-48 victory over Denison on Friday in the Wilmington, Ohio tournament.
Coach Brian Hope had three players score in double figures led by Brittany Berry whose 15 points all came on three-point baskets. Courtney Kust, last year’s leading scorer, finished with 13 points on six-for-seven shooting while senior co-captain Liz Ellis also scored 13 points.
GVSU CROSS COUNTRY EXCELS
The Grand Valley State women’s cross country team captured its second Division II National Championship, earning the team trophy on Saturday afternoon at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex on the campus of Missouri Southern State.
Three Lakers placed in the Top 40 to earn United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American honors to lead the team to its second national title in three years. The first-place finish marks the eighth straight year the Lakers have placed in the top three.
The GVSU squad scored 101 points, just four points ahead of the 2011 National Champions, Augustana (S.D.) (105), and eight points ahead of second-ranked Adams State (109).
“This was an amazing victory for our program,” said head coach Jerry Baltes. “There are so many people that committed so much to this championship. I am thankful for everyone’s hard work.”
GVSU WOMEN’S SOCCER ADVANCES
The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team advances to its fourth straight NCAA Division II Semifinal after a dramatic 5-4 penalty kick shoot out against Minnesota State on Sunday afternoon at the GVSU Soccer Field.
Grand Valley State faces UC San Diego in the NCAA Semifinal on November 29 in Evans Park, Ga. The game will be a rematch of the 2010 National Championship in which the Lakers won their second straight title with a 4-0 victory in Louisville, Ky.