NMU Lacrosse drops overtime contest on the road

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PAINESVILLE, Oh. Northern Michigan University Lacrosse completed their first road trip of the season but fell to Lake Erie College 18-17 in overtime.

STAT LEADERS
Freshman Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) led the way with seven points, scoring four goals and dishing out three assists. Freshman Jessica Daniels (Brighton, Mich.) added five goals and finished with a team-high nine draw controls.

Freshman Aleya Speas (Castle Rock, Colo.) tallied two goals and an assist while junior Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) and sophomore Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn.) both chipped in with two goals. Ringlever also finished with five draw controls.

Sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich.) and freshman Katie Zarembski (Algonquin, Ill.) each scored their first goal of the season in the effort.

Freshmen Jessica Close (Stafford, Va.) and Ava Engler (Ham Lake, Minn.) notched team-highs of two ground balls.

Freshman goalie Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) finished with 10 saves.

THE FIRST HALF
Ringlever scored the first goal of the game on a free position shot but LEC answered with three goals to take a lead. Close found Daniels for the second NMU goal but Lake Erie scored again. Speas and Renfrew responded with two quick goals and tied the score at 4-4 at the 16:30 mark.

Two more goals from the Storm put them on top before Bogden found the net on a pass from Renfrew. After two more goals by LEC, Renfrew notched another assist by finding Bahr to move NMU closer, making it 8-6. However, Lake Erie tallied two more goals before Bahr got one past the goalie to end the half with the Storm leading 10-7.

THE SECOND HALF
Renfrew and Daniels scored early followed by another Renfrew goal off a pass from Speas to tie the game at 10-10 less than three minutes into the second half. The Storm managed to take the lead back, but NMU answered with three-straight goals.

Ringlever, Daniels and Speas put NMU up 13-11 at the 21:18 mark. Lake Erie tied the score but Daniels put NMU back on top with another goal. The Storm replied with two quick goals to give the hosts a 15-14 lead with 9:53 on the clock.

Less than a minute later, Renfrew found Daniels to tie the game at 15-15. Renfrew then gave NMU a lead with eight minutes left and Zarembski increased the lead to 17-15 with 2:30 to play. However, the Storm answered with two goals in the final minute to tie the game and send it to overtime.

OVERTIME
In the overtime period, Lake Erie was able to score to take an 18-17 victory.

UP NEXT
The Wildcats will return to action Friday, March 15 and will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action in the Superior Dome with Davenport University.