March 30, 2013
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team limited Roberts Wesleyan to just three first-half goals as the Lakers went on to win, 15-12, on Saturday afternoon at the RWC Lacrosse Field.
Grand Valley State wraps up its New York road trip with a 1-3 record and improves to 3-5 on the season. The Lakers begin GLIAC play on Friday against Lake Erie at 6 p.m. in Allendale.
The teams traded goals back and forth for a 2-2 game at the 22:53 mark. Grand Valley State then went on a 6-1 run to close out the half. Freshman Taylor Bierwagen and sophomore Niki Jacobs each scored two goals in the stretch to give the Lakers an 8-3 lead heading into the half.
Roberts Wesleyan found the back of the net twice out of the break to pull within 8-5 with 22 minutes left to play. Grand Valley State answered with two goals of its own to go out in front, 10-5.
The Redhawks then scored four goals over the next three minutes to get within one, 10-9, but a tally from senior Allyson Fritts sparked a 4-1 stretch that gave GVSU all it would need to grab its victory.
Bierwagen paced the Lakers with two goals and an assist, while also recording two draw controls. Jacobs and Fritts along with Brooke Ingraham and Rachel Leibovitz each notched two goals on the day. Fritts also had a team-high four caused turnovers, five ground balls and two assists. Sophomore Audrey Kobe grabbed five saves in the win.
GVSU held a slight 26-24 edge in shots, while also owning a 19-10 advantage in draw controls. Roberts Wesleyan picked up 36 ground balls compared to the Lakers' 29, but GVSU forced 27 turnovers while only committing 22 of its own.
Loren Dunn had a game-high seven goals for Roberts Wesleyan, while Alison Kendall had three helpers. The Redhawks tallied five saves in the loss.