Albion Falls To Hope On Homecoming Saturday

October 6, 2018

ALBION, Mich. – Football games between two evenly matched teams are usually decided by turnovers.

Albion College was intercepted four times, including three times in the fourth quarter, as the Britons fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a 29-24 Homecoming loss to Hope College.

The Britons took their only lead of the day when Collin Poore scored on a 7-yard sweep with 4:55 left in the third quarter. Andrew Fabry tacked on the extra point, and the Britons led 24-23.

Hope responded on its next possession. Mason Opple found Christian Bos for 23 yards on third down, and that kept the drive going. Opple scored on a 1-yard plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter as the Flying Dutchmen regained the lead at 29-24.

The defense kept Hope from gaining a first down on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter.

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Albion Escapes Alma In Overtime To Remain Unbeaten

September 29, 2018

ALMA, Mich. – Andrew Fabry kicked three field goals, including a 33-yard boot in the second overtime period, as Albion College escaped Bahlke Field with a 37-34 victory over Alma College on the opening week of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football action.

Fabry, however, was just part of a team effort that carried Albion to the victory.

Trailing 28-24, the defense could not yield a touchdown after Alma quarterback Ryan Stevens connected with Joseph Schafer for a 52-yard gain that gave the Scots a first down at the Albion 10-yard line with less than three minutes left in regulation.

Albion's defense rose to the occasion, stopping Alma on three running plays and the Scots settled for a 22-yard field goal by Jacob Plisko with 1:43 left.

After three incomplete passes, the Briton offense was down to a fourth down play. Kyle Thomas hooked up with his brother, Justin, for a 21-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Thomas later converted a third down by running for 12 yards. Thomas capped the drive with a 10-yard run with 10 seconds left in regulation.

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Albion volleyball picked to finish third in the MIAA

August 23, 2018


The excitement surrounding the Albion College volleyball team continues to rise.

A year after advancing to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament, the Britons are expected to challenge for the top third in the league. A poll of rival coaches in the league has Albion expected to finish third in the nine-team league.

Calvin College, which advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship last November, was picked to win the league championship by the other eight coaches. Hope College, the MIAA runner up a year ago, is picked to finish second.

Albion achieved an 8-8 record against MIAA rivals last season. Monica Shuk, the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and an all-MIAA first team pick, headlines the list of student-athletes returning to the roster. The senior from Milford, Mich., averaged nearly 4 ½ digs per set last season and already owns Albion’s all-time record for digs with 1,684.

Outside hitter Taylor Rosenthal and setter Grace VanDorn achieved all-MIAA second team status last season. A senior from Vicksburg, Mich., Rosenthal collected 176 kills against MIAA rivals, fourth-most in the league. VanDorn, a sophomore from North Aurora, Ill., finished 30th among Division III setters with a single-season school record 1,102 assists.

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