April 7, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team led from the first draw to the final whistle as the Lakers downed Findlay, 17-2, in GLIAC action on Sunday afternoon at the Laker Lacrosse Field.
GVSU evens its record to 5-5 for the season and move to 2-0 in GLIAC play, while Findlay falls to 2-10 and 0-3 in league games.
The Lakers controlled the game from the first draw taking an 11-0 lead into halftime. In the stretch, sophomore Rachel Leibovitz and freshman Taylor Bierwagen each recorded two goals with Leibovitz assiting on Bierwagen's second. Sophomore Sarah Lowe recorded helpers on Brooke Ingraham and Jordan Luberto's goals in the first eight minutes of the game.
GVSU limited Findlay to just five first-half shots, while taking 24 on keeper Emily Dinda who picked up nine saves in the loss.
In the second half, the Oilers wasted little time getting on the board when Sarah Lankton found Brandi Wright just 35 seconds into the frame for Findlay's first goal. Lankton then found the back of the net on a free-position attempt at the 26:47 mark, but that would be the only scoring for the Oilers.
Senior Allyson Fritts and sophomore Ali Dixon each converted the only two free-position shots in the second stanza. GVSU played the second half slow, only tallying nine shots, as the game was already in hand.
Fritts once again paced the Lakers with three goals and two assists, while Bierwagen also recorded three goals. Leibovitz, Ingraham, Dixon and Victoria Devine each found the back of the net twice.
GVSU held a 33-16 edge in shots and 33-29 advantage in ground balls. The Lakers tallied 15 draw controls to the Oilers' six, while also causing 11 of Findlay's 21 miscues.
Grand Valley State returns to action on Friday, April 12 at Alderson-Broaddus at 4 p.m. Alderson-Broaddus is currently 0-8 in its first-season of varsity lacrosse.