MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Lacrosse will advance to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference playoffs after defeating Ashland University 24-6 in their final home game of the season. The 24 goals in the game for NMU are the most scored in NMU Lacrosse program history.
Posting seven goals, junior Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) became the first in Wildcat Lacrosse history to score 100 goals in her career. This milestone comes after the junior reached 100 career points last Wednesday. She added two assists as well and now has recorded a total of 101 goals and 16 assists for a total of 117 career points. She has 40 goals this season.
Freshmen Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) and Jessica Daniels (Brighton, Mich.) each added three goals on the day with sophomore Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md.) and freshman Katie Zarembski (Algonquin, Ill.) each had two goals.
Sophomore Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) chipped in with a team-best four assists and also had a goal. Six other players also tallied goals.
Ringlever and freshman Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) finished with four ground balls each while Renfrew and Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich.) both contributed three. Kinder snagged 10 draw controls and Ringlever was behind with four. As a team, NMU controlled the draw as they finished with 24 draw controls, allowing the Eagles just seven.
In goal, Stilson finished with five saves and has 157 on the season.
Seniors Megan Palacio (Cumberland, R.I.), Tori Aidif (Grandville, Mich.), Amanda Robers (Elkhorn, Wis.), and Casey Marshall (Appleton, Wis.) were honored prior to the game for the contributions to the NMU Lacrosse program over their careers. Each student-athlete joined the program in the inaugural season after spending a season on the NMU Club team.
JUMPING OUT EARLY
The Wildcats had a quick start with Ringlever scoring the first goal of the game off of a free position shot less than one minute in. Ashland quickly answered back, putting the score at 1-1 in the first two minutes of play.
To kick off a series of Wildcat goals, Renfrew scored assisted by Kinder, quickly followed by two goals by Daniels and two more from Ringlever.
At 20 minutes, the Eagles scored their second goal of the game. The Wildcats quickly following with two free position by Kostelec and Ringlever. Freshman Aleya Speas (Castle Rock, Colo.) scored the ninth goal for the Wildcats on Kinder's second assist of the day.
With 7:31 on the clock, Zarembski scored her first career goal. The Eagles managed their third goal before Renfrew scored the 11th goal for the Wildcats.
Ashland was able to score once more in the first half and with 12 seconds left to play Palacio scored on a free position shot to finalize the first period score at 15-4.
GETTING THE WIN
To start the second half, Daniels, Ringlever, and Renfrew all find the back of the net within the first 10 minutes of play. At 20:54, Ringlever found the back of the net for her sisth goal of the game and her 100th goal of her career. Bogden quickly followed with a goal from Renfrew and Zarembski put in a free position shot to make it 21-4 with 16 minutes left to play.
Following the Wildcat run, the Eagles scored to put the score at 21-5 with 10 minutes left to play in the contest. Freshman Emma Brotemarkle (Elk River, Minn.) scored the first goal of her career at the 8:14 mark followed by Ashland's final goal.
In the last minute of play, Ringlever notched her seventh of the game and freshman Marina Wilson(Avon Lake, Ohio) scored her second goal of the season assisted by Kinder to put the final score at 24-6.
With the win, the Wildcats will enter the GLIAC playoffs as the sixth seed, making their first postseason appearance in program history. NMU will visit the third seed in the tournament on April 30. NMU reaches the playoffs based on points as the team will have 15 points, earning nine points for their three wins and receiving six additional points due to the fact that they lost two opportunities due to Upper Iowa University not fielding a team this season. Ashland can only achieve a maximum of 14 points based on this year's GLIAC schedule.