Quick Hits: Four Lakers named All-GLIAC

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#22 Brionna Barnett

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff #22 Brionna Barnett

Lanthorn Staff

  • Basketball players earn all-conference honors

Four Grand Valley State basketball players received All-GLIAC honors over break: junior Brionna Barnett, sophomore Kayla Dawson, senior Ryan Sabin and junior Ricky Carbajal.

Barnett, a transfer from Division I Wisconsin-Green Bay, was tabbed as an All-GLIAC First Team selection on Friday. Her career-high 28-point performance in GVSU’s loss to Michigan Tech gives her 15.8 points per game this season, the fifth-highest average in the conference. Dawson, a sophomore forward, scores 12.4 PPG and ranks second in the GLIAC with 114 made free throws.

On the men’s side, Carbajal and Sabin were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team after leading the team with 13.6 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. Sabin, who was also named to the All-GLIAC Defensive Team for the second time in his career, becomes one of just seven players in GVSU history to earn first- or second-team honors three times.

  • Ferguson wins at Staples Center, climbs ranks

It didn’t take former Grand Valley State club wrestler and current MMA fighter Tony Ferguson long to make a statement at UFC 184 in the opening main card bout on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ferguson emphatically earned one of the most impressive victories of his career by submitting Gleison Tibau in the first round. The fight lasted just 2:37. Ferguson (“El Cucuy”) improves to 18-3 with the victory, his fifth in a row. He now holds the No. 13 spot in the UFC lightweight rankings. 

Tibau falls to 33-11.

  • GVSU lacrosse team splits New York road trip

The Grand Valley State lacrosse team won its first game of the 2015 campaign over break.

On Tuesday, sophomore midfielder Erika Neumen’s hat trick fueled GVSU to a 10-5 victory at Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester, N.Y. The Lakers improved their all-time record to 3-0 against the Redhawks.

The momentum did’t carry over two days later, however, as GVSU dropped an 18-11 decision at No. 7 Le Moyne. GVSU falls to 1-3; all three losses have come against top-10 teams in the IWLCA ranks.