GVSU Quick Hits

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GVSU Quick Hits

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GVSU football mourns the loss of former player Keyonta Marshall

The Grand Valley State Football twitter account announced on Friday, March 22 that former player Keyonta “Big Key” Marshall had passed away. He was 38 years old.

Marshall played for the Lakers from 2001-04, and was a key defensive cog that helped lead the team to national championships in both 2002 and 2003. A three-time All-American, Marshall is considered one of the greatest football players to don the Laker uniform.

Marshall’s success at the collegiate level translated to a professional level, as the defensive tackle was drafted in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. He appeared in one game for the Eagles in 2005 before being cut at season’s end. Marshall was signed to the New York Jets practice squad in November of 2006. 

No. 22 GVSU women’s lacrosse handles Ashland

The No. 22 ranked Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse teams picked up another solid victory on Friday, March 22 as they traveled to beat the Ashland Eagles 20-7. The win gives the Lakers a 6-2 record on the year, as they remain undefeated in the GLIAC at 3-0.

The Lakers jumped out to 5-0 lead to start the game and never looked back, as the team took a 10-4 lead into halftime while never letting the Eagles even sniff a chance at victory.

Carly Shisler scored a season-high six goals while also amassing two assists and seven draw controls. Sarah Staggard and Abbi O’Neal scored four goals each, while Kelley Fitzgerald was able to dish four assists as the Laker defense caused nine turnovers.

The Lakers have two key home matchups next weekend, as they will face McKendree on Friday, March 29 before facing Maryville on Sunday. Friday’s game starts at 6 p.m., while Sunday’s game kicks off at noon.

GVSU announces spring ESPN3 schedule

The Grand Valley State athletic department, along with University Communications, announced the spring schedule of televised athletic events on ESPN3, as the network will feature seven regular season contests, the football spring game and several postseason events.

The television kicks off on Friday, March 29 as the women’s lacrosse team takes on McKendree at 6 p.m. Two weekends later, ESPN3 will televise the football spring game, which is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 13 at noon.

The following day, GVSU baseball will be televised, as they take on Wisconsin Parkside at 12 p.m. On April 19 and 20, the softball team’s Friday 3 p.m. game against Ashland and Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against Saginaw Valley State will also be televised.

Spring coverage will conclude on Sunday, April 28, as the baseball team faces Purdue Northwest at noon. Following that game, the track and field GLIAC Championships, which will take place on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, will also be featured on ESPN3.



Tuesday, March 26, 3:05 p.m., @ Central Michigan

Friday, March 29, 4 p.m., @ SVSU

Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m., @ SVSU

Sunday, March 31, 12 p.m.,  @ SVSU


Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Home vs Wisconsin Parkside

Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Home vs Purdue Northwest

Sunday, March 31, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Home vs Davenport

Men’s Tennis

Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m., vs Hillsdale @ Grandville

Saturday, March 30, TBA, @ Northwood

Sunday, March 31, 12 p.m., vs Ferris State @ Grandville