Northern Michigan University lacrosse team returns home on Wednesday

Graison Ringlever

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s lacrosse team plays its first home game in more than three weeks on Wednesday evening before heading out of town for its final road trip of the season this weekend.

Each game will be a GLIAC contest, with Concordia-St. Paul coming to the Superior Dome at 6 p.m. Wednesday before the Wildcats head downstate to play No. 22 Grand Valley State in Allendale at 6 p.m. Friday and Davenport in Concordia at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In just over a week, NMU plays its final two games of the regular season at home.

Fans can follow the action online in several ways, including following @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continuing coverage.

The Wednesday match is available on video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/ with live statistics available at http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/wlax/2018-19/boxscores/20190410_i0yg.xml.

Cam Stilson

Links aren’t yet available for Friday night’s game, while for Sunday morning’s game, for video visit https://dupanthers.com/watch/?Live=146&type=Live and for live stats go to https://dupanthers.com/sidearmstats

/wlax/summary.

The Wildcats completed a 2-2 road trip after losing to Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, 21-9 on Friday. NMU forged a 5-5 tie in the middle of the first half with four straight goals before the Golden Bears pulled away.

Junior Graison Ringlever has neared to becoming the first NMU 100-point and 100-goal player in program history with 99 points on 87 goals and 12 assists. This season, she has a team-high 26 goals and has added three assists to also lead the squad with 29 points.

Last season, she became the first Northern player to achieve 100 draw controls and leads the squad this year with 48. Ringlever also leads the GLIAC with 13 free position goals this season, almost double the next closest player. In the NCAA, she ranks 15th with 1.3 free position goals per game.

Freshman goalkeeper teammate Cam Stilson is second in the GLIAC with 107 saves this season, placing her 26th in NCAA Division II while her 10.7 saves per game ranks her 18th in the country. Her 107 saves is 25 shy of reaching the second-most saves in a season by a Wildcat goalie. With six games left to play this year, Stilson is tops in program history with her goals against average.

Concordia have now won four of its past five games, their lone defeat coming at McKendree. The Wildcats are seeking their first-ever win over the Golden Bears in their sixth meeting ever.

GVSU is on a three-game win streak, most recently a 17-9 victory over Davenport. Earlier in the season, the Lakers won at home 21-8 over NMU.

Davenport has a 2-1 advantage in its all-time series vs. the Wildcats after NMU won the Panthers have won the past two meetings. That includes DU’s 20-10 victory at home over NMU in their GLIAC opener.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.