Confidence Boost

Confidence Boost

ALBION, Mich. – An Albion College team badly in need of a confidence boost Tuesday night got the start it needed. Ashley Glenn scored three times and Mackenzie Novak added two goal and an assist as the Britons sprinted out to an 7-0 lead 12 minutes into the contest and they cruised to a 21-5 victory over Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Kalamazoo College.

It was Albion's largest margin of victory this season and its second-largest scoring total in a game this season.

"It was nice to come out with more confidence, like they actually believed they could play well," Albion Head Coach Shanta Loecker said. "The players were supportive of each other on the field and it showed in the result.

"We did a good job of being smart defensively," Loecker added. "We knew they had a couple of good offensive threats and I think we did a good job of honoring that."

Kadie Koolwick controlled seven draws and Glenn had six as Albion dominated possession. Glenn finished with six goals, increasing her season total to 58. Alyssa Glenn added five goals, Julie Wood had four, and Novak finished with three goals. McKenzie Bueck, Kit Maher, and Koolwick added one goal apiece.

"Kadie worked hard on that first step (on draw control)," Loecker said. "Controlling the draw allowed us to dictate the pace."

Controlling the pace is essential, Loecker said, in a week when the Britons play three times. Albion will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., Thursday for a contest against Saint Mary's College and it completes the regular season Saturday at Adrian College.

When Kalamazoo did manage to keep the ball long enough to rip a shot, Albion goalkeeper Victoria Della Pia was up to the challenge. She collected six saves.

Albion opened a 10-goal margin with nearly 11 minutes to play in the first half. The Britons went on to hold a 14-3 lead at halftime.