GVSU lacrosse demolishes Walsh

Lakers roll over Cavaliers, extend win streak to five

By Beau Troutman | 4/10/16 9:53pm

GVL / Kevin Sielaff – Chloe Zdybel (14) runs onto the field as the starting line-up is called. The Lakers defeat the Bearcats of McKendree University with a final score of 23-11 Friday, March 25, 2016 in Allendale.
by Kevin Sielaff and Kevin Sielaff / The Lanthorn

Grand Valley State lacrosse (7-3, 5-0 GLIAC) hit the dusty trail for a two-game road trip against Walsh on April 8, and Lake Erie on April 9 in hopes of extending a four-game winning streak to five, and maybe six.

The Lakers were able to do just that—almost. GVSU handled Walsh 21-1, but the game against Lake Erie was canceled to due inclement weather, a problem that’s been plaguing GVSU spring sports teams as of late.

“We got some great things from everyone,” said GVSU head coach Alicia Groveston. “No matter who was on the field, they were working 100 percent, and that’s something that I’ve always asked for. Whether you play five minutes or 50, I expect you to keep the level consistent.

“I think it was wonderful to be able to see the different combinations of people working together, and we were still really successful no matter who was in the game.”

To put it simply, Walsh was overmatched. GVSU outshot the Cavaliers 28-6 in shots on goal, had 16 turnovers to the Cavaliers’ 29, had a 28-12 advantage in ground balls and were 11-for-13 on clears, compared to the Cavaliers’ 7-for-20.

Ryan Skomial led the way for the Lakers with four goals and one assist. Erika Neumen and Kira Dosenberry each added three goals.

Additionally, 12 Lakers scored one goal or more on the day.

“We were able to score with the ability to filter a lot of our girls through,” Skomial said. “Everybody got the chance to score and play, and generally I think we just had fun. Once we got the score up, it gave us a little more of an ability to be creative on the field, which brought everyone’s spirit up. It was just a good time.”

The game scheduled to take place the next day was canceled after Lake Erie received a load of snowfall during a winter weather advisory. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

The Lakers had dodged a cancellation up to this point, but had a few postponements in the last couple of weeks.

“It was a little bit of relief because we get to come home, we get to finish our schoolwork, but also, we would’ve just liked to get it out of the way," Skomial said.

The Lakers have now won four of the last five games by a margin of 10 goals or more. Their recent dominant play will be put to the test in the coming weeks, as the Lakers now have five straight road games against conference opponents.

For the Lakers, though, this is just business as usual.

“The road is really just kind of the norm,” Groveston said. “I think what we need to prove to ourselves is that no matter where we are, we can win a game and win a game by a large margin. I think that’s what we need to focus on—coming out fast, coming out strong and not going down for 60 minutes whether we’re on our home field or away.”

The Lakers will be at Findlay on April 15 for the second game of the six-game road stretch.

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