PITTSBURGH, PA. -- Goalie/Player of the Game Hannah Heemstra (Jr., Zeeland, Mich.) made 15 saves and Murielle Garbarino (Fr., Grand Haven, Mich.) contributed four goals as the No. 4-ranked/Midwest Division Champion Lakers of Grand Valley State University rallied in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to manage No. 7/Northwest Division Champion the University of Washington, 8-6, and make the Fifth Place game of the 2017 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Pittsburgh's Joe C. Trees Pool.
GVSU will face No. 5/Florida Division Champion the University of Central Florida at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, back at Trees Pool in the Fifth Place game as it marks the second consecutive year the Lakers will battle for Fifth Place in the final 16-team tournament standings. The Lakers, who previously garnered a 12th place finish in 2010 at the University of Arizona, fell to San Diego State University by a 14-4 count in the 2016 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship Fifth Place game at the University of California-Santa Cruz to officially rate in Sixth Place.
Grand Valley State fell behind the Huskies early as Washington received back-to-back markers from Lauren Hickey (Gr., Palo Verdes, Calif.) with 5:03 and 2:44 remaining in the first quarter to claim a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
The Lakers cracked its scoreboard goose-egg 36 seconds following Hickey's second tally as Kara Vandawater (Jr., Rockford, Mich.) drove home a man-up opportunity (2:08) to cut Washington's lead in half at 2-1 going into the second quarter.
Garbarino pulled GVSU even 2:01 into the second quarter by connecting on an even-strength chance with 4:59 remaining in the first half, but Hickey completed a hat-trick at the 3:38 mark to once again stake the Huskies to a lead at 3-2.
Megan Carr (So., Dexter, Mich.) and Garbarino combined to tie the game and then put the Lakers out in front as the duo dropped in man-up (3:06) and even-strength (1:59) scores, respectively, to make it 4-3 in favor of the Midwest Division Champions. Hickey, however, would not allow her team to fall behind as she put away her game-high fourth goal of the game with 1:35 remaining to deadlock the teams at four-all going into halftime.