2019 At A Glance
- Roster size: 36
- Returners: 22
- Captains: Senior Gino Battaglia, senior Liam Turley, senior Nick Schanhals, junior Nick Bazany, sophomore Stephen Holpuch
- 2019 MIAA Preseason Poll: First place
- Outlook: The Flying Dutchmen are looking to repeat as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champions after winning their first league title in program history in 2018. Hope finished with a program-best record of 15-2 last year and were undefeated in MIAA play at 7-0.
- Fast fact: As top seed, Hope hosted two rounds of the MIAA Tournament in 2018 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. After defeating Alma College, 8-7, in the semifinals, the Flying Dutchmen fell to Albion College, 11-8, in the tournament championship game.
Pictured: Max Kuiper, left, and Nathaniel Hentschel, right, celebrate a Hope goal.
Junior Rocco Mularoni was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2018. He led the Flying Dutchmen with 53 goals while distributing 22 assists as well. Mularoni was ranked 33rd in the NCAA Division III in goals per game average (3.12) and 46th in points per game (4.41).
Senior goalie Nick Schanhals was first in NCAA Division III in goals against average (6.10) and 28th in save percentage (.584). He was an All-MIAA second-team honoree.
Junior Max Kuiper was Hope's second-leading goal scorer with 38 goals and its leader in assists with 23. He was named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Other Hope Players to Watch
2019 Coaching Staff
Head Coach Michael Schanhals
Though leading the Flying Dutchmen into their seventh varsity season, Coach Mike Schanhals has had an even longer association with Hope men's lacrosse. Schanhals served as head coach of the program for eight years when it was a member of the MCLA prior to becoming an MIAA sport in 2013. He also played for the Hope men's lacrosse club as a student-athlete from 1988 to 1990, serving as captain his senior year.
A new 80-second possession clock will be in play this year. Teams have a total of 80 seconds to shoot on an opponent's goal and within that 80 seconds, it has 20 seconds to advance the ball across midfield. Once over the midfield line after 20 seconds, teams must keep the ball on its offensive end. If the ball crosses the midfield line after 20 seconds, an over-and-back penalty is incurred and there is a change of possession.
"This new rule change will make a dynamic game, even more exciting. I like it!" — Coach Michael Schanhals
Pictured: Sophomore midfielder Stephen Holpuch