GARDEN CITY, N.Y. --  Dowling College made history as it won the program's first contest in an NCAA championship event, 9-8, over Grand Valley State Friday at Motamed Field on the campus of Adelphi University. The Golden Lions (17-3) advance to face the top-ranked undefeated Panthers of Adelphi University.
 
Junior attacker Karie Znaniecki recorded a game high four goals for the fourth time this season including the game winner with just 1:22 left on the clock.  
 
The Lakers jumped out to 2-0 lead with back to back goals with in a 45 second span in the opening minutes of the game.  Dowling answered with three straight goals from Znaniecki, senior Emma Ferreira and junior Brooke Kreuscher while holding Grand Valley scoreless for 24 minutes to go into the break with a 3-2 lead.
 
Junior Katie Meinecke opened the second half with her first score of the afternoon, but two straight goals from Grand Valley's Danielle Tunnell knotted the game at 4 with 25 minutes left to play. The Golden Lions regained the lead with Meinecke assisted Znaniecki before scoring another one herself for a 6-4 advantage. But the Lakers once again were able to tie the score at 6 with two quick goals with just over 21 minutes on the clock. Both sides exchanged goals over the next 19 minutes and a GV man up goal with 2:02 to play evened the score at 8. Dowling's Kelly McQuail won the ensuing draw control setting up Znaniecki for the game winner to capture the 9-8 victory.
 
Meinecke finished with a game high six points on three goals and three assists with two ground balls and three draw controls.  Kreuscher added three points with a goal and two assists.
 
Dowling goalkeeper Lauren Young picked up her 17th win with 12 saves between the pipes.