Wildcat Lacrosse Falls to Aquinas, 20-12

Wildcat Lacrosse Falls to Aquinas, 20-12

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan lacrosse team fell to Aquinas, 20-12, Saturday afternoon at the Superior Dome.

The Saints scored the first half's final three goals and the second half's first six to hand the Wildcats their first loss in program history.

Northern Michigan took a 3-2 lead at the 26:48 mark of the first frame by netting three goals in a one-minute window. Cara Burns then scored three goals in less than two minutes to put Aquinas back on top, 5-3, with 23:23 on the clock.

The teams were tied twice more, at 5-5 and 6-6. The Saints ultimately carried a 13-9 advantage into the break after holding the Wildcats to only three goals, and scoring seven of their own, in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Aquinas carried that momentum into the second stanza, holding Northern Michigan without a goal until the 3:28 mark. The Wildcats netted three of the game's final four goals to bring the final score to 20-12.

For the second-straight game, Shelby Klotz posted five goals. She notched her first assist at Northern Michigan.

Blair Osgood (3g-2a) and Savannah Stich (3g-1a) also had multi-point outings for the Wildcats. The Saints were paced offensively by Burns (6g-2a) and Anna Curcuru (6g).

Angelica Bogden led all players in draw controls (6) while Osgood and Stitch each picked up a team-best two ground balls.

Brianna Bangle made seven saves for Northern Michigan while Genevieve Terrana stopped eight shots for Aquinas.

The Saints (1-1) outshot the Wildcats, 33-23, and held a 19-7 edge in ground balls. Northern Michigan had 20 turnovers in the game.

The Wildcats, now 1-1, next welcome Concordia-St. Paul to the Superior Dome on Tuesday, March 7 at noon.