ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Lacrosse captured their first-ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road victory with a 14-8 win over Maryville University.
Junior Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) led the NMU offense with six goals and two assists. Freshman Aleya Speas (Castle Rock, Colo.) added three goals while freshman Katie Zarembski (Algonquin, Ill.) and freshman Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) both notched two goals.
Sophomore Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md.) chipped in with one goal and an assist.
Freshman Jessica Close (Stafford, Va.) finished with a team-high seven ground balls and caused six turnovers. Renfrew also caused three turnovers. Ringlever led the team with eight draw controls.
Freshman goalkeeper Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) tallied 10 saves on the day.
AN EVEN FIRST
Ringlever put the Wildcats on the board early with her 16th goal of the season just over a minute into the game. Renfrew then added her 12th of the year four minutes later to put NMU up 2-0.
The Saints tied the game at 2-2 but at the 11:41 mark, Zarembski scored on a free position shot. Ringlever then notched her second of the day 20 seconds later to move the Wildcats up to a 4-2 lead.
Speas answered a Saints goal with her 15th of the year but Maryville managed to find the net again and made the score 5-4 with a little over six minutes to play.
With five minutes to go, Ringlever scored her third goal of the game and 18th of the season to move NMU up 6-4. However, the hosts managed to score two more goals before the half to tie the game at 6-6 heading into the halftime.
To start the second half, Ringlever took advantage of a free position shot to give the Wildcats lead. She then found Renfrew for Renfrew's 13th this year to move the team up 8-6 three minutes into the half.
Zarembski and Ringlever soon added a free position goal before Speas scored her 16th of the year, making the score 11-6. Ringlever followed with another free position goal before Speas scored again.
With 9:55 to go, Kostelec found the net for her fifth time this year to move the score to 14-6.
The Saints managed to score twice before the final whistle and NMU captured a 14-8 road victory.
With the win, the Wildcats move to 2-6 on the year and pick up their first GLIAC win of the season. The team returns to action next Sunday as they visit Lewis University for another GLIAC matchup.