The Brits traveled to Holland, Mich. to face off against MIAA rival Hope College. Because of the cold and rainy conditions, the Brits ran the ball much more than they passed it. Trenton, Mich. senior Mike Czarnecki ran for 129 yards and his final touchdown put the Brits up 21-14 with a little over four minutes left. Hope was able to score late in the game, but a failed two-point conversion helped the Brits to a 21-20 victory.
Albion gave up three turnovers, however the defense was able to come through and stop Hope from scoring on any of the turnovers. Pewamo, Mich. senior David Simon led the defense with 12 tackles.
The Brits will be on the gridiron next Saturday when they travel to Kalamazoo College, looking to stay undefeated with a 5-0 record.
The men’s soccer team was also in Holland, Mich. this week to take on the Hope College Flying Dutchmen on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Albion was able to get on the board early with a goal from Shelby Township, Mich. first-year Joey Zaremski. However, Hope answered with three goals of their own. The Brits tried to come back from a two-goal deficit with a goal from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. first-year Will Colborn, but that was all they were able to get. Hope went on to win 3-2. In his first start of the season, Rockwood, Mich. senior Andrew Bobowski made two saves in the loss.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Brits took on Alma College in Alma, Mich. The Scots came on strong against the Brits and scored in the ninth minute of the game. That proved to be the difference, as Alma won 1-0. Bobowski made four saves in the game.
Albion’s next three contests will be here at home, the first being against Calvin College on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Albion hosted Kalamazoo College. Looking to improve their MIAA record to 4-3, it was a quiet first half for each team. The only goal of the game came in the 80 minute — Kalamazoo was able to find the back of the net and go on to win 1-0. South Lyon, Mich. sophomore Jenna Urso was credited with four shots on goal.
The Brits looked to get their MIAA record back up to 4-4 as they hosted Adrian College on Saturday, Oct. 3. Canton, Mich. junior Domenique Sarnecky stole the show with her three goals in all three of her shot attempts. The Brits won 3-0 thanks to Sarnecky’s hat trick. Traverse City, Mich. sophomore Maggie Troost picked up four saves and her fourth shutout of the season.
The next game for the lady Brits will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at home against Saint Mary’s College (Ind.).
This week, the team had three matches, all of them on the road. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Brits took on Saint Mary’s College (Ind.) in Notre Dame, Ind. The Brits were able to take a 2-1 lead over Saint Mary’s, but Saint Mary’s was able to rally and win the last two sets, defeating Albion 3-2. Vicksburg, Mich. first-year Taylor Rosenthal led the team in both kills (15) and blocks (10), and Milford, Mich. first-year Monica Shuk had a team-high 24 digs.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Brits traveled to Earlham College for the Earlham Tri Match. In their first match against Franklin College, the Brits came out strong and won the first two sets. However, Franklin would not go down lightly. They won the next three sets to beat Albion 3-2. Looking to pick themselves up after a tough loss, the Brits took on Earlham College. Even though they won a set 25-9, it was the only set they were able to take in their 3-1 loss. Monica Shuk led the team in digs in both games (23, 16).
The Brits will host Kalamazoo College and Grace Bible (Mich.) on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
On Monday, Sept. 28, the Brits were hosted by Calvin College in an MIAA jamboree. With Cedar Springs, Mich. senior Tyler Covell shooting five over par (77), the Brits finished in fifth place with a team score of +28 (316), only two points behind Adrian College for fourth place. St. Clair Shores, Mich. sophomore Jim Chapman and Jackson, Mich. junior Connor Maddalena both shot seven over par (79).
Adrian College hosted the next MIAA jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 3. Jim Chapman shot eight over par (79) and Albion finished sixth overall with a team score of +54 (338). Adrian, Mich. senior Brandon Rincon was next behind Chapman with a score of twelve over par (83).
The last match for the team will be Tuesday, Oct. 6 in West Olive, Mich.
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the lady Brits traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich. for an MIAA jamboree. In the match, Albion posted a team score of +81 (369), with Novi, Mich. first-year Madison Kroetsch leading the team with a score of 17 over par (89). Grosse Ile, Mich. first-year Megan Moco was right behind Kroetsch, posting a 19 over par (91).
The Brits were back on the course on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Angola, Ind. The Brits finished with a score of +66 (354), good enough for a fifth place finish. Davison, Mich. senior Celine McClimans led the team with a score of 14 over par (86), and she tied for twelfth place overall.
On Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10, the team will compete in the MIAA finals in Battle Creek, Mich.
Photo by Steve Marowski