Lacrosse Heads to McKendree for GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Lacrosse Heads to McKendree for GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Lacrosse returns to the Superior Dome for their final two regular season games of the season as they host Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents University of Indianapolis on Thursday night and Ashland University on Saturday for Senior Day. 

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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Tuesday at McKendree: 5 p.m. EST.

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  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats secured their postseason berth with a 24-6 victory over Ashland University last Saturday, April 20. NMU jumped out quick with a 15-4 lead and finished by outscoring the Eagles 9-2 in the second quarter. NMU had 12 players score atleast one goal in the game. The Thursday before, NMU fell to #12 University of Indianapolis. 

  MAKING TEAM HISTORY

The win over Ashland set many new records for the young program. The 24 goals were the most in a game for the Wildcats in program history beating the 22 goals over Notre Dame College (Ohio) in the inaugural season. The 18-goal difference was also the largest margin of victory in program history, besting the 18-1 victory over Northland College in 2017. This season the team set other program marks with winning their first-ever GLIAC rode game, winning multiple GLIAC games as well as making their first GLIAC Tournament. 

  100 POINTS 

Junior Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) became the first player in program history to achieve 100 points in her career with the game's first assist against Concordia St. Paul on April 10. Against Ashland, she became the first player to score 100 goals in her career with her sixth goal of the game. After finishing the game with seven goals, the junior has amassed 101 goals and 16 assists for 117 total career points. 

Ringlever's 40 goals this season are the most in a season in program history as well. 

  GETTING STOPS

Freshman Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) is now 25th in the country with 157 saves this season. Her 10.47 saves per game is 17th nationally. In the GLIAC, she is ranked first in both saves and saves per game. She has also allowed the fewest goals in a season in program history as she has allowed 58 fewer goals than last year.

  DISHING OUT ASSISTS

This year's also set a new record for assists in a season as they have notched 39 assists so far this year.  The passed last year's mark of 32. Leading the way this year is sophomore Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md.), who has set a new school record with nine assists this season. Freshman Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) and Ringlever both have seven assists while sophomore Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) has six. 

  SCORING GOALS

Behind Ringlever's school record 40 goals and Kostelec's school record of nine assists, this year's team has also set a new record for goals and points in a season. This year's squad has scored 154 goals as opposed to last year's 137. This year's team features four players with 20 or more goals. After Ringlever, freshman Jessica Daniels (Brighton, Mich.) has scored 24 goals and Renfrew has tallied 24. Freshman Aleya Speas (Castle Rock, Colo.) has added 20 goals. As a team, 13 players have scored atleast one goal. 

  NMU VERSUS MCKENDREE

The Wildcats entering Tuesday's GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals looking to add another program first by defeating McKendree.  Earlier in the season, the Bearcats defeated NMU and holds a 4-0 advantage over NMU. MCK has made the past three GLIAC Championship games