March 24, 2013
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team could not overcome the strong offense from the No. 8 Dowling squad as the Lakers fell, 20-9, on Sunday afternoon at Golden Lions Field.
The loss drops GVSU to 2-3 on the season, while Dowling improves to 5-1 on the season. The Lakers return to the field on Tuesday, March 26 against No. 4 Adelphi at 7 p.m.
Grand Valley State got on the board first thanks to a goal from sophomore Victoria Devine, but Dowling went on a 7-0 run to control the game.
Freshman Taylor Bierwagen snapped the streak with a goal at the 17:30 mark, but the Golden Lions went on a 6-3 run to end the half and hold a 13-5 edge into the break. Despite the lead, GVSU held Dowling without a goal for the last four minutes of the opening stanza, while senior Allyson Fritts and sophomore Rachel Leibovitz recorded goals to close the gap to eight goals.
In the second half, sophomore Jordan Luberto opened the scoring for the Lakers, but Dowling went on a 5-0 run over the next 10 minutes to run away with the game. A pair of goal from Luberto and Fritts ended the run, but two more nets from the Golden Lions made it a 20-8 game with 4:43 left in the second. Fritts found the back of the net with 2:11 left for her team-high third goal of the game.
Fritts topped the team with three goals, while also notching three caused turnovers and converting a free-position shot. Luberto notched two goals and two draw controls, while Leibovitz had a goal and an assist.
Grand Valley State held a slight 28-27 edge in shots, while Dowling boasted a 19-10 advantage on draw controls. Both teams tallied 10 turnovers in the opening half, but GVSU limited itself to two in the second half to record a season-low 12 miscues.