Men’s Lacrosse Preview: #5 Davenport vs. #2 GVSU
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Davenport will look to get back on track after a tough loss to 13 SCAD last weekend when they take on #2 Grand Valley State at 7:30 PM at Lowell High School. Davenport and GVSU enter the match-up with the all-time series tied at four games apiece. Live stats and live audio will be available for the game.
Last Meeting: After dropping the two previous meetings in the regular season and conference championship game, Davenport and Grand Valley State met for a third time in the MCLA DII National Semifinals. The Panthers led 11-9 at the half and increased that lead to three heading into the fourth but three unanswered goals by Grand Valley in the last five minutes tied the score at 15-15. The score remained tied until Shawn Been finished a pass from Jordan Richtsmeier with 3:17 remaining in the fourth overtime to win it for the Panthers.
Davenport Overview: Davenport is coming off an upset loss to #13 SCAD. After defeating #7 Briarcliffe 8-7 on Friday night, the Panthers fell to #13 SCAD 5-7. The five goals scored tied for the fewest scored by the Panthers in the programs history. The Panthers also scored five goals last season in the regular season match-up with GVSU, a game the Panthers lost 5-16.
Davenport Player to Watch: Jordan Richtsmeier leads the Panthers with 48 points on 21 goals and a team high 26 assists. For his career, the junior has accumulated 114 goals and 133 assists in 50 games played. He was named to the MCLA 3rd Team All-American team at attack last season.
Grand Valley Overview: The Lakers come in as one of the hottest teams in the MLCA. Grand Valley State holds a perfect 10-0 record after wins over Hope and Aquinas earlier this week. Not only will Davenport have to contend with the Lakers offense which is averaging 16.9 goals a game, but the Lakers defense will also be a challenge for the Panthers as they allow less than six goals per game.
Grand Valley Player to Watch: Senior Jack Dumsa leads the Lakers with 37 assists and has 19 goals for a team high 56 points. Dumsa has earned MCLA 2nd Team All-American honors the past two season at attack. For his career, he is averaging 2.69 goals, 3.1 assists, and 5.8 points per game.
Playoff Implications: Both Davenport and Grand Valley State enter the game with perfect conference records. The winner of this game will have the inside track to earning the number one seed in the CCLA conference tournament. With both teams currently in the top five, this game will also have an impact on the rankings and the seeding for the National Tournament.