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GVSU lacrosse coaches Alicia Groveston and Erika Walker demonstrate the most common defensive fouls seen in the sport of women's lacrosse
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In the second installment of Laker Lacrosse, head coach Alicia Groveston shows off some of the equipment that GVSU will use during its inaugural season of women's lacrosse
In the first installment of Laker Lacrosse, we introduce you to coaches Alicia Groveston and Erika Walker as GVSU prepares for its inaugural lacrosse season, which starts on March 3 in North Carolina
Head coach Alicia Groveston enters her third year with GVSU Lacrosse. Grand Valley State Director of Athletics, Tim Selgo, announced that Groveston would be the first-ever head women's lacrosse coach at Grand Valley State in January 2010.
Named the 2013 GLIAC Coach of the Year, Groveston led GVSU to the first-ever GLIAC regular season championship and tournament title. Under her guidance, senior Allyson Fritts earned Attacker of the Year and sophomore Alyssa Neumen was named the Defender of the Year, while three other Lakers garnered All-GLIAC honors. With Groveston on the sideline, GVSU posted a 13-5 record and an 8-0 mark in conference action in just the second season of varsity competition.
In her first year with the Lakers, Groveston coached GVSU to a 10-7 record, while guiding five players to spots on the Division II All-Independent teams. Groveston led the Lakers to their first road win against Converse College and an impressive first-ever home game in front of 1,812 fans in the brand new Laker Lacrosse Stadium.
Groveston was honored with the 2011 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Service Award at the annual IWLCA Meetings in Naples, Fla. The IWLCA Service Award is given to that individual who has committed themselves to the betterment of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association during the past year. Groveston earned the award after participating as the treasurer/secretary of Lax-4-Life, a national lacrosse campaign to provide and support programs geared toward adolescent and young adult suicide prevention awareness.
Prior to her arrival at GVSU, Groveston led Gannon University to a 12-4 record during the 2009 campaign and a final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) ranking of No. 8. The Knights finished 5-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), but failed to make the PSAC Tournament on a tie-breaker. In addition to an outstanding season on the field, Gannon's 2009 lacrosse team earned the IWLCA Merit Award for having the second-best team GPA (3.34) in DII lacrosse.
Groveston spent the 2008 season as an assistant for Belmont Abbey when the Crusaders posted a 12-7 record, including a 7-4 conference mark against Conference Carolina opponents. The squad was also nationally-ranked throughout the season in the IWLCA Top 10 poll.
Groveston, an Academic All-American at Salisbury, spent three years prior to coaching at Belmont Abbey in private business. She started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Md. for two seasons where she coached two All-Americans and helped guide Stephen Decatur to the regional championship.
The Annapolis, Md., native had a stellar playing career in field hockey and lacrosse at Hartwick for two seasons, before transferring to Salisbury for her final two years of eligibility. At Salisbury, she earned All-Conference and Regional All-America honors as a senior defender. In the process, she led Salisbury to an NCAA Regional Championship appearance. Groveston also earned Academic All-Conference and Academic All-America honors as a senior.
She graduated magna cum laude from Salisbury in 2003 with a degree in Communication Arts/Mass Media. Groveston later received her MBA from Salisbury in 2004, graduating cum laude.