Quick Hits: New football rankings, NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, dodgeball season ranking

Before the Grand Valley State football team began its season, the team was highly regarded around the Division II world and earned the No. 2 ranking in the country, voted by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). However, after the Lakers were upset by unranked University of Indianapolis Thursday, Aug. 31, GVSU football’s overall ranking fell all the way down to the No. 14 spot in the AFCA rankings.

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Dani Johnson during the GLIAC Conference Championship on Sunday Nov. 6, 2016.

GVSU soccer adapting as a younger team

Last season, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team’s season came to an end in the NCAA National Championship with a 3-2 loss to Western Washington. The Lakers ended their three-year winning streak and said goodbye to six pivotal seniors. Once the season ended and old players moved on to new experiences, the Lakers were ready to bring in and showcase new talent in the form of 12 freshmen and two transfers. GVSU soccer now has the task of adapting as a younger team.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Head Coach, Jeff Hosler, looks on to the play. GVSU Women's Soccer defeats University of Findlay at home Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

Looking forward

Grand Valley State women’s soccer fell short of tying a record in 2016. After falling to Western Washington in 2016’s Division II National Championship, the Lakers' run of three consecutive national championships came to an end. It was the first time in the three-year tenure of Head Coach Jeff Hosler (68-5-4) that GVSU had failed to capture the national title.

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Column: One game won't define legacy of 2016 GVSU soccer senior class

For the first time in four years, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team played in the NCAA National Championship and did not emerge victorious. The Lakers fell to Western Washington 3-2 in a heartbreaking game in the finals. For the program’s five four-year seniors, it was the first time they lost a postseason game in their careers. With the loss, the senior class fell a game short of matching the 1997 class of Franklin Pierce that won four straight national championships.

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Women's soccer vs. Western Washington

GVSU misses out on fourth straight national championship

For the first time in four years, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team did not emerge as national champions after the last game of the season. The Lakers fell one game, one goal short in a 3-2 loss to the Western Washington Vikings in the NCAA Division II National Championship Saturday, Dec. 3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.

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