Grand Valley Announces 2011 Schedule

Allendale, MI - Grand Valley State University has announced its much-anticipated schedule for the 2011 season. The 15-game, two month line up features the D2 two-time defending national champ St. Thomas along with 2010 CCLA champion Dayton. Through the CCLA and out of conference scheduling, the Lakers will have to play at a high level throughout the course of the season.

"We are very excited about getting our season underway this spring, we are anxious to embark on one of the most difficult schedules in the MCLA," says head coach Tim Murray of the Lakers.

Before the official season begins the Lakers host Trine University on February 5th in a scrimmage, this game will mark the first time Grand Valley has ever played a varsity lacrosse program. "The players have worked extremely hard and have noticeably improved their game ... we can't wait to put our product on the field over the next months" says Murray of his team. It is Murray's first year with the Lakers.

The Lakers begin their regular spring season at home against the Butler Bulldogs on February 26th. "I have fond memories of my days as a Bulldog," says Murray- a Butler Alumni. "Playing against Butler University will always have a special meaning to me," says Murray, "it is even more exciting to open our season with them this year ... I expect the [Bulldogs] to be tough, disciplined, and competitive; They should be a good test for us."

The Lakers then travel to Indiana to play CCLA newcomers- Indiana Tech on March 5th. For spring break the Lakers are headed to St. Paul, Minnesota to take on three teams in three days. They start the streak off with Westminster on March 11th; followed the next day by St. Thomas of who won during last years regular season against Grand Valley. They end the stretch playing Savannah College of Art and Design on March 13th.

On St. Patrick's Day, Grand Valley will host their biggest rival- Davenport. The Lakers haven't played against them since they lost in the second round of the MCLA National Tournament in Denver last May.

Beginning March 20th, Grand Valley's next three games are all divisional, beginning with a home game versus Siena Heights. The next two games are away starting with opponent Ferris State on March 23rd, and Calvin on April 2nd.

The Lakers head to Pennsylvania for a weekend to play Grove City on April 8th; followed by newcomers, Southern Connecticut, on April 9th. They return home to play Dayton in what will be a highly anticipated rematch of the 2010 CCLA Championship game. Their last home game is a divisional game against local Aquinas on April 19th.

Grand Valley State then plays against Northwood in the third annual 'Lax vs. Cancer' Charity Game at a local high school on April 23rd. All the proceeds from sales, raffles, and entry benefit the American Cancer Society. The daylong event will begin in the morning with younger teams and build up through the high school programs with the final game being the Lakers'. The Lakers wrap up their season with road game against Hope on April 26th.

The CCLA Quarter-Final games begin on April 30th and the conference tournament will be played May 6th-8th, and the MCLA National Tournament will be held May 17th-21st in Denver.

Sat Feb 5    10:30 am   Trine            @ Grand Valley State **
Sat Feb 26 7:00 pm Butler @ Grand Valley State
Sat Mar 5 3:00 pm Indiana Tech @ Indiana Tech
Fri Mar 11 8:30 pm Westminster @ Concordia University (MN)
Sat Mar 12 12:30 pm St. Thomas @ Concordia University (MN)
Sun Mar 13 10:30 am SCAD @ Concordia University (MN)
Thu Mar 17 5:30 pm Davenport @ Grand Valley State
Sun Mar 20 2:00 pm Siena Heights @ Grand Valley State *
Wed Mar 23 7:30 pm Ferris State @ Ferris State *
Sat Apr 2 1:00 pm Calvin @ Calvin College *
Fri Apr 8 7:00 pm Grove City @ Robert E. Thorn Field (PA)
Sat Apr 9 12:00 pm S. Connecticut @ Robert E. Thorn Field (PA)
Sat Apr 16 3:00 pm Dayton @ Grand Valley State
Tue Apr 19 5:00 pm Aquinas @ Grand Valley State *
Sat Apr 23 7:00 pm Northwood @ Forest Hills Central High
Tue Apr 26 7:00 pm Hope @ Hope

* divisional game
** scrimmage


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