Lakers play first game since title victory

The Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team competed in its first game on Saturday since beating the University of West Florida in the NCAA Division II Championship in December. GVSU kicked off its spring schedule with an exhibition game at home against Loyola University.

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GVSU maintains lead in LSDC standings

Eight-time champion Grand Valley State University improved its lead in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings after a strong overall finish in the winter season. GVSU raced out to a big lead in the fall with 437 points after a pair of national titles in women’s soccer and women’s cross country, and added to its lead with 281 winter points. The Laker indoor track and field teams chipped in with 153.5 points with top-six national finishes, while both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams placed 10th nationally to contribute with 127.5 points. GVSU (718 points) now boasts a commanding lead over Adams State University (425) and Shippensburg University (397). Ashland University (395) currently ranks fourth. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish is up to 14 sports – seven women’s and seven men’s.

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Brugnoni earns weekly GLIAC honor

Senior first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni of the Grand Valley State University baseball team has been named the GLIAC’s first Baseball Player of the Week this season. Brugnoni, who also garnered the conference’s first Player of the Week award last spring, has been off to an impressive start through 14 games in 2014. He leads the conference with five home runs and 13 walks, while his slugging percentage (.878) is also the highest in the conference by 264 points. GVSU (9-5) will compete at Hillsdale College tonight before hosting its first four home games of the year this weekend at Davenport University.

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Whitlow hired as defensive line coach

Grand Valley State University head coach Matt Mitchell recently announced the hiring of E.J. Whitlow as the defensive line coach for the Laker football program. Whitlow was a part of the Notre Dame College (Ohio) staff from 2010 to 2013.

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Woods to retire after 2014 season

After spending 24 years at the helm for the Grand Valley State University softball team, coach Doug Woods announced his decision to step down at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. Woods, a 38-year GVSU employee, has a career record of 870-387-3 (.692), which includes 17 of the winningest seasons in team history and the 14th-most wins in the history of NCAA Division II. He is a seven-time GLIAC Coach of the Year, and his Lakers have won five conference titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013). “Doc” began his time in Allendale as the head athletic trainer.

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