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Adam Knorr


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Laker men slide to second-place finish

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – At times on Saturday morning, the men’s cross country Division II National Championship meet resembled a Tough Mudder more than a college sport.

GVSU downs Rollins to win national title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When a key member of the original cast leaves a TV show, it rarely remains as good. Writers stretch for storylines and slowly the fan base dwindles.

PK perfection propels GVSU to title match

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Andrea Strauss toed her line, staring straight ahead. Rain cascaded down on the field at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium at Bellarmine University.

Lakers ready to defend title in Louisville

On Tuesday afternoon, a bus jammed full of Grand Valley State women’s soccer players started its engine and headed southeast, bound for Louisville, Ky.

GVSU's 'Fab Four' gears up for grand finale

Jenny Shaba, Charlie Socia, Alyssa Wesley and Juane Odendaal have at most two games left. When it’s all over, they probably won’t take a bow. But a standing ovation would certainly be justified.

GVSU beats UCM, returns to Final Four

The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team went up against an undefeated Wisconsin-Parkside in the Sweet Sixteen. The Lakers won. The Grand Valley State women’s soccer team went up against an undefeated Central Missouri team in the Elite Eight, and the Lakers won.

Hosler carries on winning tradition for GVSU

Jeff Hosler can’t escape soccer. He’s never wanted to. Now, after more than two decades in the game, Hosler’s consistently successful journey has led him to Allendale, patrolling the sidelines for the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team.

Fast and flurious: GVSU tops Bellarmine, 2-0

The scene was more befitting of ice skates than soccer cleats in Allendale on Sunday afternoon for the Midwest Regional Semifinal match in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Tournament.

GVSU gears up for Battle of the Valleys

Grand Valley State head coach Matt Mitchell will be the first to admit that the 2014 season has been frustrating. His Lakers aren’t headed to the playoffs. They lost five games for the first time since 1999. They failed to beat a ranked opponent once.

GVSU soccer wins 8th straight GLIAC tourney

On Oct. 17, Ohio Dominican University topped Grand Valley State University 1-0 in Allendale. The two squads ran the table the rest of the way, finishing in a tie for first place.

Shaba, No. 11 Lakers eliminate Ferris State

The first round of the GLIAC tournament turned out to be a lot of ‘same old, same old’ for second-seed GVSU. The Lakers (16-2-1, 10-1-1 GLIAC) hosted seventh-seed Ferris State (6-10-2, 5-6-1 GLIAC) on Tuesday and dominated from the get-go to.

Laker women primed for progress in 2014-15

The old axiom “practice like you play” implies that a team should match the intensity they display in a game with a similar work ethic in practice.

No. 10 GVSU clinches share of GLIAC crown

Six seniors laced up for the last time in the regular season for Grand Valley State University on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers squared off against Walsh University (8-5-5, 5-4-3 GLIAC) in the final game of the regular season, closing the campaign with a 3-0 win.

Knorr: Why GVSU wins the GLIAC tourney

With Saturday’s win, the No. 10 Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team clinched a share of its 10th consecutive GLIAC championship. The other share went to Ohio Dominican University.

Sister duo becomes key piece to GVSU puzzle

Championships are simply part of life for Gabriella Mencotti. During her multiyear playing career with Michigan Rush Northville, Mencotti helped bring home a state championship. As a senior, Mencotti tasted glory again when the midfielder led Northville High School to the 2014 MHSAA Division 1 state championship.

GVSU's offense goes cold in U.P. road trip

A late October weekend in the Upper Peninsula proved to be a middling vacation as the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team came home with a 1-0-1 record in two GLIAC games.

Why the Lakers can't run out of Bounds

Picture an undercover police officer. The mental image invokes thoughts of a sly, quick-witted, highly skilled professional. The good ones remain unassuming and unnoticed until it’s time to strike. And when it’s time, the strike is done with a flash of vigor.

GVSU blanks Ashland after rare home loss

It was a sight to behold on Friday night as the Ohio Dominican University women’s soccer team joined together in a screaming mass under the lights and rain. The team celebrated like they won a championship.

Grades: GVSU soccer earns fridge-worthy A

Last season, the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team earned an A for effort, and an A+ for execution. The Lakers romped to a 24-0-1 record, including their third national championship in five years.

Club camaraderie: GVSU teams build rapport

Head over to the Georgetown Ice Center for a Grand Valley State University Division III club hockey game, and you’ll likely see a few things – namely a GVSU win and a strong student section.

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