GREENVILLE, S.C. – Davenport will face a familiar foe in Grand Valley State in the Semifinals of the MCLA DII National Tournament. Not only do Davenport and GVSU meet regularly in the regular season, this will be the third consecutive year that the two face each other in the National Tournament with Davenport coming out on top in both the previous games.
Last Meeting: This is the second meeting between Davenport and GVSU this season. Davenport won the previous game 7-6 in overtime. Davenport is 5-4 all-time against GVSU and 2-0 against the Lakers in the National Tournament.
Davenport Tournament Review: After cruising to an opening round win over Concordia, the Panthers struggled to close out the three-seed Westminster. Holding a five goal lead in the third quarter, Westminster scored six unanswered goals to close the third and start the fourth quarter. Eleven seconds after Westminster took the lead, Lyle Parks scored for Davenport to tie the game and with just over a minute left in the game Jack Turcotte scored the game winner for the Panthers.
Davenport Players to Watch: Jordan Richtsmeier led Davenport with 34 assists and 63 points coming into the playoffs and he hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down. Against Concordia, Richtsmeier recorded seven assists, which ties for second most in a game in DU history. In the second round match up against Westminster, Richtsmeier tallied four more assists and picked up his first goal of the tournament.
Grand Valley State Preview: Grand Valley State came into the National Tournament as hot as any team out there. The Lakers, coming off their second consecutive CCLA Conference Tournament Championship, finished the regular season with only one loss. That loss came against Davenport in overtime. GVSU opened the National Tournament with a convincing 18-5 drubbing of Washington University-St. Louis. The Lakers were tested a little more in game two, defeating Grand Canyon 10-8 to advance to the semifinals. The Lakers are tough on both ends of the field scoring 299 goals this season and allowing only 110.
Grand Valley State Player to Watch: GVSU will be led by Jack Dumsa. Dumsa led the country in assists with 63 and finished third in DII with 96 points on the season. So far in the National Tournament, Dumsa has recorded four goals and six assists.
Up Next: The winner of this match-up will play the winner of the St. Thomas/Dayton match-up in the Championship game. The Championship match will take place on Saturday at 6:30 PM.