May 3, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team opened on a 7-0 run and never looked back as it downed Notre Dame (OH), 28-10, in the GLIAC Semifinals on Friday evening at the Laker Lacrosse Field.
Grand Valley State advances to the championship game to face Tiffin on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Dragons defeated No. 2-seeded Lake Erie, 13-11, in the first game of the day.
All-Conference first team selection Rachel Leibovitz led all scorers with six goals and an assist, while GLIAC Attacker of the Year Allyson Fritts notched five goals and three assists in the win. All-GLIAC second team attacker Sarah Lowe and classmates Victoria Devine and Ali Dixon each recorded three goals.
Leibovitz tallied back-to-back goals to open the game and Fritts recorded three of her five goals in the first nine minutes of the game to give the Lakers a 7-0 lead.
Notre Dame was able to come within three, 9-6, and 10-7 over the next 10 minutes, but it would be as close as the Falcons would get. The Lakers ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 18-7 at the break.
A tally from Lowe started a running clock as the GVSU outscored Notre Dame 11-2 in the second half. Devine recorded two of her goals in the second half, while Ali Dixon also had two.
Sophomore Audrey Kobe had nine saves in her 11th win of the season, while Notre Dame used a trio of keepers that tallied six.
GVSU held advantages in shots (39-27), ground balls (30-23) and draw controls (23-17). The Lakers went 11-for-12 from the 8-meter mark, while holding the Falcons to just 5-of-9 in free-position shots.
Sunday's championship game will be webcast at GVSULakers.com.