GVSU Quick Hits

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GVSU Quick Hits

By Lanthorn Sports ([email protected])

Assistant coach Kristen Walker resigns from soccer program

This past Thursday, the five-time national champion Grand Valley State women’s soccer program and head coach Jeff Hosler announced the resignation of top assistant coach Kristen Walker, who cited personal reasons as the motivation for stepping away.

Walker, who was part of four national champion GVSU teams, played four seasons for the Lakers and spent six seasons as an assistant coach.

When she played from 2007-2010, Walker won a pair of national championships in 2009 and 2010, earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in the 2009 season while leading the Lakers to their first national title in program history. A two-time team captain, Walker recorded 57 career points and was a four-time first-team All-GLIAC selection as a midfielder.

“I can’t thank (Walker) enough for the commitment she has given to GVSU soccer over the years,” Hosler said. “She will be missed but also know her legacy will always live on deep in the roots of this program.”

Women’s lacrosse team announces captains for 2019 season

As official practice gets underway this week, the Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team has picked their captains for the 2019 season. Seniors Carly Shisler, Olivia Pass and Caroline Reis along with junior Sarah Stagaard have earned captain status for the upcoming campaign.

“I am very excited to have Carly, Carolina, Olivia and Sarah as our captains for the 2019 season. Each individual brings their own strengths to the captain unit and we feel very confident in their leadership abilities and how this will help our team succeed on and off the field in the spring,” said first year head coach Mackenzie Lawler. 

“This group has gone above and beyond to be a bridge between the coaching staff and players. All four are great representations of our program on the field, in the classroom and in the Grand Valley community.”

The Laker season is set to begin on Sunday, Mar. 3, when the Lakers face Westminster in Mesa, Col. to start off their three-game spring break trip.

GVSU’s track and field teams post strong outing at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open

The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track and field teams had their first meet of 2019 and saw strong performances from both teams as they collected a combined 10 NCAA Division II qualifying marks.

For the women, Tiara Wiggins won the 60m hurdles, Bobbie Goodwin placed first in the weight throw and Nicole Sreenan crossed the finish line first in both the 200m dash and the 400m dash.

The men’s team tallied multiple first-place finishes at the event as well, as Jordan Johnson finished first in the 200m dash and Hunter Harding placed first in the weight throw.

The Lakers will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they host the GVSU Lints Alumni Meet.

VARSITY SCHEDULE

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Away, Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Michigan Tech

Away, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3:00 p.m., Northern Michigan

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Away, Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m., Michigan Tech

Away, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1:00 p.m., Northern Michigan

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING

Away, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3:00 p.m., vs Davenport, Indianapolis