1-11-19, Georgetown Ice Center, GVSU Men's Hockey vs Aquinas College. GVL

Creation of identity and support: Eric Garvelink helped club sports grow at GVSU

It’s 2011 and the Grand Valley State University men’s DII club hockey team has just taken the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose, Cal., home to the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. Once warm ups concluded and the final buzzer sounded, GVSU had come away with a 6-1 victory over local rival Michigan State, claiming the ACHA DII National Championship. This was the first of many national championships that the newly hired graduate assistant for club sports would experience. 

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Tara Lierman (8) looks on toward the play. GVSU Women's Soccer defeats University of Findlay at home Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

Transition play: GVSU soccer star takes up basketball

It takes serious talent to be a two-sport athlete in college. While many people play multiple sports in high school, they’re usually only good enough to advance and play at a high level in one during their college years.  Coming out of Holt High School in Holt, Mich., Tara Lierman knew she was a talented at both soccer and basketball, but made an early decision to strictly pursue soccer at Grand Valley State. Her decision paid off, as the midfielder went on to play in 100 games for the Lakers while starting in 74 of them, scoring 29 goals and handing out 23 assists. GVSU went 91-8-3 with a three national championship appearances, one national title and four GLIAC titles. Individually, Lierman was named to multiple All-American teams and maintained excellent status in the classroom. However, hoops fever returned for the soccer star and she made an executive decision.

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GVSU men’s track & field and cross country receives Program of the Year award

The Grand Valley State men’s track and field and cross country recently won the 2017-18 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year Award at the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Lakers won the award after they finished second by scoring a Division II low 13.5 points at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and a pair of top six finishes at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in the past year. 

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GVSU soccer's Lierman, Ham win academic awards

Even though the Lakers fell short, taking their first loss of the season against Bridgeport in the final, the Lakers ended the season with a 25-1-1 record. Not only were the Lakers successful on the field, but in the classroom as well. Seniors Tara Lierman and Madz Ham were both honored for their academic performances in 2018 fall semester at GVSU. 

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GVSU women's basketball caps off break with wins over Ferris State, Lake Superior State

After finishing 3-0 during the holiday season, the N0. 10 Grand Valley State women’s basketball team played two significant games in the final week of winter break, defeating rival the Ferris State Bulldogs on Thursday, Jan. 3 at home 76-61 and then heading out on the road for their first away game in over a month to take down the Lake Superior State Lakers 71-50 on Saturday, Jan. 5 in a rare home-and-away weekend. 

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Jenn DeBoer fades away for one of her many buckets against Ashland on Dec. 6 at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. 
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Lakers blow out No. 1 Ashland, Wayne State in dominant weekend

The No. 15 Grand Valley State women’s basketball team scored. Then they scored again. Then again. Then again, and they scored themselves all the way to two blowout wins at home during the weekend with a 94-61 drubbing of the previously undefeated No. 1 Ashland Eagles on Thursday, Dec. 6 and a 73-42 victory over the Wayne State Warriors on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Over the course of the two games, the Lakers never trailed and led for 118 minutes and 53 seconds out of 120 minutes of in-game time.

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