However, the Lakers hung on throughout the final 15 minutes to punch a ticket to their sixth title match within the past seven years.
Senior keeper Marika Laurendeau and the defensive group of seniors Nia Brown, Deanna Trongone, Karmyn Carter, and freshman Sanna Rein stood tall to keep the country’s top scoring offense, which entered the game averaging 4.71 goals, at bay. Grand Valley State manufactured a 26-1 first half shot advantage that turned dramatically in the second period with only a 6-4 Lakers differential.
Junior forward Ava Cook and freshman forward Chantel Carranza put Grand Valley State up 2-0 at halftime with a pair of goals 21 minutes apart. Cook struck at the 21:48 mark and Carranza one-touched home a feed from sophomore midfielder Gianna Parlove with less than three minutes left until intermission.
Senior midfielder Riko Sigara made it 3-1 with the eventual game-winner with 60:21 elapsed.