Sports Briefs

GVL Staff

Thomas named GLIAC Player of the Week

Senior guard James Thomas earned GLIAC North Player of the Week honors after leading the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team to a pair of victories over the weekend.

Thomas turned in a career high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds in 79-61 victory over Ohio Dominican University.

The preseason ALLGLIAC selection also shot 5-of-10 from the field, scoring 15 points as the Lakers defeated Tiffin University.

Thomas ranks second in the GLIAC in scoring and 3-pointers made per game with 18.8 and three, respectively

GVSU will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Rochester College at 3 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena.

Six Lakers tabbed as All-American

The Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team had six different athletes earn Daktronics All-America honors.

Senior defender Megan Brown and junior forward Ashley Botts received first team honors.

Brown helped the Lakers record 16 shutouts while Botts led the team with 19 goals and 10 assists.

Juniors Kayla Addison and Chelsea Parise and senior Erin Mruz were named second team All-American.

Addison and Mruz combined for 18 goals and 22 assists on the season while Parise, the Laker goalkeeper, recorded 14 shutouts.

Junior Alyssa Mira rounded out the All-American selections after being named to the third team. Mira helped the GVSU defense put up a 0.30 goals against average.

Former GVSU lineman starts for Patriots

Former Grand Valley State University All-GLIAC lineman Nick McDonald earned his first NFL start on Sunday in the New England Patriots’ 31-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

McDonald, an undrafted player who was a part of the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad last season, was activated for the first time in his career on Sunday.

The Patriots picked up the 6-foot-5, 310-pound second-year player on Sept. 16 after the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers cut him. After spending the majority of that time on the practice squad, made the start at center with Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots’ offense.


W. Basketball

Saturday vs. Rochester, 1 p.m.

M. Basketball

Saturday vs. Rochester, 3 p.m.