May 5, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State women's lacrosse team won the first-ever GLIAC Tournament Championship with a 16-12 victory against three-seeded Tiffin on Sunday afternoon at the Laker Lacrosse Stadium.
GVSU finishes its second season of varsity competition with a 13-5 record on the season, which includes an 8-0 GLIAC mark. Tiffin also ends its year with a 10-9 overall record.
Tiffin struck first with a goal from Alexandria Quast before four different Lakers found the back of the net. Quast struck again at 23:12 to make it a 4-2 game, but GVSU then sparked a 6-1 run that lasted for more than 10 minutes to hold an 11-3 edge by the 9:41 mark.
Alex MacMillan took a pass from Quast to make it an 11-4 game, but GVSU held Tiffin off the board for the remainder of the half and a goal from Meagan Emery gave the Lakers a 12-4 halftime lead.
GVSU held a commanding 36-7 advantage in shots in the opening 30 minutes, while also owning a 12-5 edge in draw controls. Tiffin's freshman goalkeeper Jessica Bombard was forced to make 16 saves in the first stanza compared to Laker keeper Audrey Kobe's two stops.
Grand Valley State recorded two goals out of the break and the Lakers' defense continued their strong play as Tiffin did not find the back of the net until the 26:56 mark to make it a 14-5 game.
The teams traded goals over the next 10 minutes until sophomore Victoria Devine put GVSU up 16-6, to start a running clock. The Dragons scored the final six goals of the game, but it was not enough to overcome the first-half deficit.
For the game, Bombard, the GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year, grabbed 22 saves, while Kobe made eight stops.
The Lakers caused 16 of the Dragons' 25 turnovers with sophomore Brooke Ingraham tallying a career-high five in the win. GVSU held a 46-20 advantage in ground balls and and 18-12 edge in draw controls. The Lakers took 53 shots with 38 coming on target.