ALLENDALE Mich. - Grand Valley State carved up Tiffin with its running game, taking a 35-0 first -half lead and going on to beat the Dragons, 42-17.
The Lakers, the eighth-ranked team in Division II, racked up 291 yards on the ground. The chief culprit of that attack was Michael Ratay, who ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
"I don't think our linebackers played very well; our secondary was making a lot of tackles," Tiffin coach Gary Goff said. "We started out slow and gave them a lot of big plays to start the game."
Down 35-7 at the half, Goff said he told his team to fight back.
"We challenged them at halftime to compete and they did," he said.
Goff replaced starting quarterback Joey Frendo with freshman Antonio Pipkin, and Pipkin was able to spark the offense, throwing for two touchdowns and 236 yards. He completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Brown and a 6-yard TD strike to Jeremy Armstrong. He also ran for a team-best 63 yards.
Goff said he did see positives in the loss, which dropped the Dragons to 0-3.
"There's a different feel about us right now, I've got a great feeling about the rest of the season," Goff said.
Goobic takes first
WESTERVILLE - Sophie Goobic won the women's 5K (23:35.1) during the Otterbein Invitational as Heidelberg's women finshed third overall out of 17 teams.
Dani Blum finished 13th (24:41.1) for the Student Princes, while Lorin Conti (25:06.1) and Allie Dresser (25:07.4) rounded out Heidelberg's top performers.
Brad Palocko had the best finish for Heidelberg in the men's 8K, finishing 18th (27:09.6). Hopewell-Loudon graduate Avery Gatchell finished 38th (28:02.3) as Heidelberg finished 12th overall.
Home field disadvantage
On a wet field, Heidelberg's soccer team suffered its first home loss falling 2-0 to Denison.
Chris Koczak lead the Student Princes in the loss with four shots and one shot on goal. Andy Lacefield added two shots of his own while Hamid Shariff, Nico Samaneigo, and Ryan Homoki recorded one shot each.
Oilers too slick for Dragons
FINDLAY - Giulianne Domingues scored TU's only goal as the Dragons fell to Findlay 4-1.
TU had five shots, three on goal, and was called for 11 fouls. Goalkeeper Hayley Coppola recorded eight saves for the Dragons (0-5).
Dragons fall in four
CANTON - Tiffin University's Danielle McQuade and Lu Phillips each registered double-doubles, but it wasn't enough to keep the Dragons from suffering their first loss of the season, a four-set defeat to host Malone.
The Pioneers upended TU 25-22, 19-22, 25-23, 25-23.
Phillips had 18 kills and 15 digs, while McQuade added 10 kills and 17 digs. Tiffany Buchinger had 37 assists and 10 digs for the Dragons (5-1, 1-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), while Jordan Jenkins had 23 digs.
HU volleyball splits
SPRINGFIELD -Heidelberg's volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday, upending Wooster in four games, and then getting swept by host Wittenberg.
HU's Amber Welfle tallied 32 kills, 17 digs and four blocks, while Mohawk graduate Sarah Parker belted 27 kills and four blocks. Jubilee Haase had 25 digs, while Megan Mills had 17 to go with four aces.
Stephanie Romie dished out 39 assists, and Calvert grad Alexa Frank added 35.
TU women second, men fifth in Cedarville
CEDARVILLE - Jessica Kern ran 14th and Ashley Gilroy took 15th to lead the Tiffin women's cross country team to second at the Friendship Invitational.
Kern ran in 6:21.7, while Gilroy ran in 6:22.9.
On the men's side, Michael Grunden was TU's leading finisher, finishing 15th in 5:20.7. Teammate Richard Roe placed 17th in 5:21.7.