This past Saturday, the Brits took on Adrian College at Sprankle-Sprandel stadium here in Albion. While it wasn’t the high scoring games that we’re used to seeing from Albion, their defense was still rock solid. They made numerous game-changing stops, including one with 30 seconds left when Eastpointe, Mich., senior David Van Ittersum was able to strip the ball from the Adrian quarterback. Because of the stop, Albion was able to go on to win 30-25 and stay undefeated with a 6-0 record.
Pinckney, Mich., senior quarterback Dominic Bona threw for 229 yards, and Southfield, Mich., senior Colin Parks ran for 102 of Albion’s 198 rushing yards. Albion also didn’t have any turnovers in the game which was one of the deciding factors of Albion’s victory.
The Brits will stay in Albion next weekend when they take on Trine University on Saturday, Oct. 24.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Brits hosted the Kalamazoo College Hornets and were aiming to move up in the MIAA rankings. Kalamazoo was able to score midway through the first half, but Albion answered early in the second half with a goal from Canton, Mich., junior Bobby Budlong. That would be the end of the scoring until the overtime period, when Kalamazoo’s Matthew Fitz scored late in overtime to defeat Albion 2-1. Traverse City, Mich., sophomore Justin Kraft made seven saves on the night.
The Brits were back in action this past Saturday, when they traveled to Olivet College to face the Comets. Albion came out strong with two goals from Grosse Pointe, Mich., first-year Will Colborn and Ann Arbor, Mich., first-year Shawn Roberts. However, Olivet evened the score in the second half with two goals of their own, and the game was sent into overtime. With no goals in the first overtime, the game proceeded to a second overtime where Olivet’s Matthew Henderson was able to score in the 105th minute and push Olivet to a 3-2 victory.
The Brits will be on the road on Tuesday, Oct. 20, when they battle Trine University.
The lady Brits traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., when they squared off against Calvin College. It was a quiet game for both teams, but the Knights were able to tally one goal against Albion and won 1-0. Traverse City, Mich., sophomore Maggie Troost had six saves on the day.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Brits were also on the road as they traveled to Hope College. In the first half, Hope was able to score twice and take a 2-0 lead into the second half. However, Canton, Mich., junior Domenique Sarnecky was able to score, but Hope answered with a goal of their own. Even though Clinton Township, Mich., sophomore Sam LaRocca was able to score late in the second half, the two goal deficit proved to be too much for the Brits in their 3-2 loss to the Dutchmen.
The lady Brits will be back home on Wednesday, Oct. 21, when they take on the Trine University Thunder.
Men’s Cross Country
Albion traveled to Winneconne, Wis., for the AAE Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 17. On the 8K course, Plymouth, Mich., senior Mitch Clinton was the first Brit to cross the finish line. Riverview, Mich., junior Erik Davis and Grosse Ile, Mich., sophomore Alex Dermody followed Clinton. Albion finished 32nd out of 45 teams.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, the Brits will be competing in the MIAA championship meet in Olivet, Mich.
Women’s Cross Country
Allegan, Mich., junior Jessica Shaw finished 27th in the pre-national meet on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Winneconne, Wis. Her time of 22:03 qualifies her for the NCAA Division III Cross Country championship. Dublin, Ohio, sophomore Leanne Wegley and Royal Oak, Mich., junior Morgan Button finished second and third behind Shaw. The Brits finished 37th out of 46 teams.
Along with the Men’s Cross Country team, the lady Brits will be in Olivet, Mich., for the MIAA championships on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Photo by Clare Kolenda