April 19, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Battling the snow and wind, the Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team got out in front and never looked back as the Lakers shut out Walsh, 19-0, on Friday night at the Laker Lacrosse Field.
GVSU stays undefeated in GLIAC action with a 5-0 record and 8-5 mark overall, while Walsh falls to 2-5 and 1-4 in conference play.
The weather was not ideal for late April, but Grand Valley State battled through to hold an edge in every statistical category and post its first-ever shut out victory. Every Laker on the roster also got to see time on the field as well.
Reigning GLIAC Athlete of the Week Rachel Leibovitz paced GVSU with four goals, while sophomore Sarah Lowe, freshman Taylor Bierwagen and senior Allyson Fritts tallied three each. Six other Lakers also found the back of the net. Sophomores Meagan Emery, Niki Jacobs, Jordan Lubtero and freshman Chloe Zdybel all had two assists on the stat sheet.
The Lakers rattled off three straight goals in the opening three minutes before slowing their play to work on set plays. Lowe and Jacobs converted two of the Lakers three free-position shots in the opening 30 minutes. By the 21:58 mark, GVSU took a 10-0 lead to start a running clock.
Grand Valley State took a 14-0 lead into halftime after holding Walsh without a shot in the first stanza. GVSU also controlled the game with a 14-1 edge in draw controls.
For the game, Luberto had a team-high six draw controls, while recording four ground balls and a caused turnover. Lowe picked up a team-high five groundballs, while Emery joined Luberto with four.
GVSU is back in action at Notre Dame (OH) on Sunday at 3 p.m. Notre Dame is 7-3 on the year and 3-2 in conference action after picking up a 20-7 victory against Wheeling Jesuit on Friday evening.