Saint Mary’s (4-13-1, 1-6 MIAA) dropped all three of their MIAA contests over fall break and were eliminated from the end of the season MIAA Tournament.
The Belles opened the week with a 3-0 loss to Albion Oct. 17.
Senior forward Sam Smogor made two shots on goal to lead the Belles in the loss, while senior goalkeeper Patty Duffy notched two saves.
On Tuesday, the Belles dropped their final home contest to Hope by a score of 4-2.
“Against Hope we put ourselves in too big of a hole to come back from,” Belles’ coach Ryan Crabbe said. “Being down 3-0 in the second half is tough. The team competed and brought the game back to 3-2; however, we fell victim to some bad officiating and Hope gained a late 4-2 advantage. The way the game was officiated was really unfair to both teams.”
The Hope contest was close until halftime as Hope scored the first goal of the game in the 34th minute, and then again with less than four minutes until the half.
The Belles gave up another goal right after half time, then rallied when senior midfielder Colleen Ferguson scored to make the score 3-1.
Junior defender Corissa Hart brought the Belles within one goal of the Flying Dutch with a deflection shot past Hope’s goalkeeper.
Hope put the Belles away with a final goal, ending Saint Mary’s chances to make it to the post-season MIAA Conference Tournament.
Duffy notched nine saves for the Belles in the contest playing all 90 minutes.
The Belles dropped their final contest of fall break to Kalamazoo by a score of 3-2.
“Against Kalamazoo we did well but again gave away the lead,” Crabbe said. “Then fell behind 3-1. The team worked hard to get back 3-2. Again, too big of a hole and playing from behind is always tough.”
Freshman midfielder Ashley Morfin put the Belles on the board first, notching a goal in the 20th minute. Kalamazoo rallied to knot the score at one 12 minutes later and the score would stay there until the half.
Kalamazoo took a lead in the 54th minute, and then followed it up with another goal in the 56th minute to give them a 3-1 lead.
The Belles cut the lead to one in the 80th minute, but were unable to score again in the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Adele Bruggeman made seven saves in goal for the Belles in 59 minutes of play in the game.
“She (Bruggeman) has worked very hard,” Crabbe said. “Our goalkeeper coach Marc Colwell has done a tremendous job with both Adele and Patty this season.”
The Belles will play in their final contest of the season against Olivet on Wednesday.