Lakers Advance With Record 19th Shutout

Kristina Nasturzio collected her 15th individual shutout


Nov. 16, 2008

Courtesy of GVSU Athletics

Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State scored twice in the first half and dominated on defense in a 2-0 win over Quincy on Sunday, Nov. 16. The No. 1 Lakers advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship for the fourth consecutive season on the strength of their NCAA Division II record 19th shutout of the season.

GVSU (22-0-0) has won the previous three regional championships and will take on Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in their bid to win a fourth. Grand valley State has earned a point in 43 consecutive home matches, which is third in the Division II record book. This was also the Lakers 22nd straight win to start the season (t-7th in Division II history), while they have lost just once in their last 45 matches.

Kristina Nasturzio stopped three shots in the shutout win, giving her 15 individual clean slates on the season (t-3rd in Division II history). Toni Eye stopped seven of the nine shots she faced in net for the Lady Hawks (11-7-2).

Katy Tafler put Grand Valley State ahead at the 17:04 mark with her team-leading 20th goal of the season. The senior forward controlled the ball on the left side of the 18-yard box and fired a shot that beat Eye to the far post for a 1-0 Laker lead.

The Lakers added an insurance goal just 2:33 later. Ashley Elsass charged down the right side and played a ball toward the far post. While Eye was moving to her right, a Lady Hawks defender redirected the ball the other way and into the Quincy net, putting GVSU up 2-0.

The Grand Valley State defense held the Lady Hawks to just three shots on goal and four shots overall. The Lakers, meanwhile, launched 18 shots and put nine of them on frame. Tafler paced the offense with six shots and three shots on goal.

GVSU has not allowed a goal this postseason, a streak of 270 minutes. Nasturzio has been perfect over the last 441:20, which is her third shutout streak of at least 400 minutes this season.

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