May 2, 2013
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Top-seeded Grand Valley State readies to host the inaugural GLIAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament beginning on Friday, May 3 as the Lakers host Notre Dame College in one of two semifinal matches. Lake Erie and Tiffin face off in the first game at 4 p.m.
Tuesday began the first-ever GLIAC lacrosse tournament on the campuses of Notre Dame and Tiffin. Both teams advance to the semifinals to play in Allendale as GVSU earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament after sweeping GLIAC play. Lake Erie also received a bye, earning the No. 2 seed with a 7-1 mark.
The Lakers went 8-0 in conference play after outscoring their opponents 154-45, averaging 19.25 goals per game. Senior Allyson Fritts leads GVSU with 49 goals and 14 assists, while Rachel Leibovitz has 39 goals and five helpers. Sophomore captain Sarah Lowe owns a team-best 19 assists to go along with 16 goals to sit in third on the team in scoring.
Sophomore goal keeper Audrey Kobe is fourth in the GLIAC with an 11.60 goals-against average, but tops the chart in GLIAC competition, allowing just 42 goals.
Led by second-year head coach Torrey McGowan, the Falcons finished in fourth-place in the first year of GLIAC play and have won their last three games. Kristen Hull paces NDC with 50 goals and 10 assists for 60 points. She is also the team’s main player that pulls in the draw control with 65 on the season. Shannan Edwards and Madalyn Dewling each assist Hull with 36 and 43 goals, respecitively, while Edwards has a team-high 17 helpers. The Falcons have had four players see time in net with Kelsey Harvey getting the start in each game. She owns a 10.02 goals-against average, allowing 68 goals in 407 minutes of play. Lauren Ragsdale comes in as a back up with time in 10 games, giving up 42 goals this season.
All games will have a webcast with commentary as well as live stats. Visit the conference website or GVSULakers.com for information.