MARQUETTE, Mich.—A pair of Northern Michigan University Women's student-athletes were named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams the league office announced Thursday afternoon. Freshman forward Caroline Halonen (Hartland, Michigan) received second team honors, while junior defender Gaelin Hirabayashi (Ijamsville, Michigan) was named honorable mention.
Leading the team in nearly every offensive category this season, Halonen netted nine goals and added six assists to total 24 points in 2018. All three totals were the most for a Wildcats since the 2014 season, while her goal and assists totals were in the top-five of the conference.
Halonen was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season on September 17 after recording six goal, three assists, and 16 points in three matches. In one of the three contests, Halonen tied the program record of four goals in a match and set the record for points in match with nine.
Helping to anchor the Wildcat defense, Hirabayashi was one of three NMU defenders to appear in every match this season. She helped improve the team goals against average in 2018 to 1.48 and also added one goal. NMU held their opponents scoreless in three contests and allowed just one goal on six more occasions.
The Wildcats improved statistically on both the offensive and defensive ends in 2018 with a young roster. Through the first 10 matches of the season, NMU had their best start since 2011 and eventually matched their final record from last season.