Hailey Wentzloff, GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst,11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Feild.  GVL/Katherine Vasile

Preview: GVSU women's soccer prepares to compete in Final Four

The No. 1 Grand Valley State women’s soccer team is headed to Pittsburgh, Penn. on Thursday, Nov. 29 to play in the last stretch of the NCAA tournament. Now in the final four with the No. 1 seed, there is some heightened pressure on the Lakers, but they are handling it well and taking it day by day. With nearly two weeks between the Lakers' last game against Central Missouri and their Pittsburgh match-up against Lee, head coach Jeff Hosler said they are preparing slightly different than past tournament practices.

Bart Williams scans the field for an open target in 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye

A letter to Laker Nation

Editor's note: With the career of GVSU football's all-time leader in pass yardage and touchdowns coming to a close, Bart Williams sends an exclusive farewell to the community he spent six years with. 

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GVSU women’s basketball drops first road game against Lewis

Despite a trio of Lakers scoring in double digits, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball lost for the first time this season, falling to the Lewis Flyers 74-66. With the loss, the Lakers post a 2-1 record heading into Thanksgiving break.  While GVSU was winning 19-17 at the end of the first quarter and was able to match Lewis’ 18 fourth quarter points, the lead built up by LU in the second and third quarters ended up being too much for the Lakers.

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Tenacious 'D': GVSU men's basketball uses defensive effort to win home opener

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team was able to keep the ball rolling on Friday, Nov. 16 as they came away with a 97-81 victory over the Tiffin Dragons in a back-and-forth game at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. Sophomore standout Jake Van Tubbergen led all Lakers with 21 points and nine rebounds, with five of those coming on the offensive end. He wasn’t the only Laker to light up the scoreboard, as Zach West poured in 20 points, Jeremiah Ferguson finished with 17 and Hunter Hale contributed 16 to help GVSU to victory.

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GVSU men's and women's cross country sweep regionals, look ahead to nationals

The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s cross country teams continued their dominant ways as they both took home NCAA Regional Championship victories on Saturday, Nov. 17. This comes after both teams continued to dominate the GLIAC Conference Championships as the men have won 17 straight conference championships and the women have won 18 straight. The streak has now been extended to regional titles as well with the men winning 17 straight and women winning 18.

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Strong goalie play helps GVSU overcome early mistakes in win over Adrian

“If we play our hockey, we’re a really hard team to beat,” said Grand Valley State DII men’s hockey coach Carl Trosien after a loss to Trine a couple of weeks ago. Apart from a 27-second stretch midway through the first period, the Lakers held the Adrian Bulldogs scoreless en route to a 3-2 victory over their in-state rivals from a short drive down the road.

GVSU Girl’s Soccer Team facing Purdue Northwest in the GLIAC Tournament on October 30th, 2018.  GVL / Emily Modloff

Final Four bound: GVSU beats Ferris State and Central Missouri to advance

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team competed in the Midwest NCAA Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 16 where they beat the Ferris State Bulldogs before advancing to the national quarterfinal, beating the Central Missouri Mules to advance to the national semifinals.  At a brisk 32 degrees, the Lakers battled aggressively against the Bulldogs for a full 90 minutes, vying each minute of the game to get that win. The first half shook the Lakers quickly, with the first and only Bulldog goal to happen within two minutes of the starting whistle. 

Bart Williams scrambles out of the pocket for a first down against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Nov. 17. GVL / Katherine Vasile

End of the line: GVSU football season ends in rout to Northwest Mo. State

The No. 6 seeded Northwest Missouri State Bearcats ran the ball. Then they ran it again. Then again. Then they ran the No. 3 seeded Grand Valley State Lakers out of the playoffs, beating them 42-17 in the first round of the Division II football playoffs. The Lakers' season record ends up at 10-2.  The biggest play of the game came after GVSU scored their only offensive touchdown of the game – a two-yard run by Jack Provencher – to cut NMSU’s lead to 21-17. After the ensuing kickoff was muffed, leaving the Bearcats at their own 16-yard line, running back Isaiah Strayhorn took the first play of the drive 84 yards for a score that would eventually serve as the clincher.