MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Lacrosse team comes off their first-ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory and heads to #13 Grand Valley State University and #24 Tiffin University looking for another GLIAC triumph.
On Sunday, the Wildcats will take on Tiffin at 12 p.m. with the game being played at Findlay University. Sunday offers live stats.
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Getting the first one: NMU captured their first GLIAC victory in program history with a 17-16 victory over Davenport University Friday night in the Superior Dome. The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first half and took a 9-7 lead into the half. After the Panthers tied the game at 13-13, NMU rebounded with three quick goals and added the game-winner with just over a minute left.
Ranking top 10: The Wildcats continue to take advantage of their opportunities this season as they are currently ranked third nationally with a .516 shooting percentage. They also are seeing success from the eight-meter, having scored on .508 of their free position shot chances. Guiding NMU has been freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead), who is 26th in the NCAA with a .625 free position percentage while sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) is also in the top 100.
Karbaum's 14th: Freshman goalkeeper Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Annes) is ranked 14th in Division II with 11.3 saves per game. Her 113 saves this season places her fourth in the GLIAC and 35th in the country.
More goals: In Friday night's win over DU, NMU scored their 101st goal of the season to break last season's total goal mark of 100. The Wildcats now have 113 goals led by Dvorak's 34 goals while Ringlever has 30, giving the second-year program their first two 30-goal scorers in program history. This year's squad has also surpassed their free position goals as they have scored 30 goals from the eight-meter as opposed to just 23 last year.
Freshman power: NMU features eight freshmen seeing significant playing time in their first season and four of the top five point scorers this year are freshman. In addition to 34 goals, Dvorak also has a team high of seven assists. Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets ) has added 18 goals and two assists while Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Minn.) has added 11 goals and six assists. Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) has scored 10 goals with five assists. Shannon Walus (Brighton, Mich.) is second on the team with 21 ground balls and tied for the team lead with eight caused turnovers.
NMU versus Grand Valley St.: The top team in the league, the Lakers started strong in the One Love Game and ended up with victory over NMU earlier in the season. This will be the third matchup between the two teams.
NMU versus Tiffin: The Dragons jumped out to a 7-0 lead and powered to a victory in the Superior Dome earlier this season. This will be the third matchup in series history. Tiffin visits Concordia University, St. Paul on Friday night.