April 5, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team avenged last season's loss in Ohio with a 16-10 victory over Lake Erie in the Lakers' first-ever GLIAC win on Friday evening at the Laker Lacrosse Field.
Grand Valley State improves to 4-5 on the season and 1-0 in GLIAC play. Lake Erie snaps a four-game winning streak, dropping to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in league action. The Lakers are back in action on Sunday against first-year program Findlay. First draw takes place a 2 p.m. in Allendale.
Senior Allyson Fritts had a stellar outing with five goals and two assists, while going 4-for-4 in free-position shots. Sophomore Victoria Devine and Meagan Emery each tallied three goals, while classmate Rachel Leibovitz tallied two.
Grand Valley State converted two free-position shots to open the game before the Storm goton the board with a tally from Michaela Schock. Fritts then recorded her first free-position goal before Lake Erie's Meredith Howe scored back-to-back goals to make it a 3-3 game with 19:30 left in the first.
Another free-position goal from Fritts opened a 6-1 run that lasted for the next 12 minutes as GVSU took a 9-4 lead by the 7:36 mark. Lake Erie held GVSU without a goal over the remainder of the half, while Howe tallied her third of four goals on the day to make it a 9-5 game heading into halftime.
The Lakers opened the second stanza on a 6-1 run again to own a 14-6 lead with 16:09 to play. The Storm ended the game on a 4-2 run of their own, but it was too late as GVSU picked up its first win in conference action.
Grand Valley State held a 36-19 edge in shots, while also owning a 36-25 advantage in ground balls. The Lakers won 18 of 28 draw controls including 11 in the first half. Emery recorded a team-high five draw controls, while Fritts grabbed four.
Sophomore Audrey Kobe made six stops between the net. Freshman Stephanie Howell and sophomore Alyssa Neumen each had three caused turnovers, helping GVSU force 22 turnovers. Neumen also picked up a team-high six ground balls, while Howell notched five.
Howe led Lake Erie with four goals, while Julia Kudla had two goals and four assists. Starting keeper Katie Holden earned the loss, making just two saves while giving up five goals. Emily Rock allowed 11 goals and grabbed seven saves in 45 minutes of work.