April 28, 2013
URBANA, Ohio - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team completed a conference sweep with a 22-10 win at Urbana to close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Urbana Stadium.
The Lakers finish conference play with a perfect 8-0 record in its first season of GLIAC action, while improving to 11-5 on the year. Urbana falls to 3-11 overall and 2-6 in league play.
Grand Valley State got out in front early and held the lead from first draw to final whistle. The Lakers went up 2-0, but Urbana answered back with two straight tallies of its own to tie the game by the 25:23 mark.
GVSU then opened up an 8-1 run to end the half and take a 10-4 lead into halftime. Sophomore Brooke Ingraham scored two of her three goals during the stretch, while classmate Zoe Stiemann netted two of her team-high-tying four goals as well.
Urbana opened the half on a 5-2 stretch to pull within, 12-8, before Stiemann sparked a 6-0 that stretched for eight minutes to give GVSU a 10-goal lead, 18-8 with just 10:03 remaining in the game.
A goal from Emily Boerger, who had a game-high seven goals, stopped the scoreless stretch for the Blue Knights, but the Lakers responded with 4-1 run to take the game.
Stiemann and senior Allyson Fritts each tallied four goals in the win, while Ingraham, Rachel Leibovitz and Victoria Devine recorded three goals. Sophomore Sarah Lowe notched a career-high seven assists, while Fritts had four helpers.
GVSU outshot Urbana, 55-19, while also holding an edge in every other statistical category. The Lakers picked up 22 ground balls and 18 draw controls.
Sophomore Audrey Kobe grabbed seven saves in the win, while Paige Waqa had 23 stops for Urbana in the loss.
The inaugural GLIAC Tournament begins on Tuesday, April 30 with Tiffin hosting Wheeling Jesuit and Notre Dame hosting Findlay. Grand Valley State will host the semifinals and championship game on Friday and Sunday, respectively.