Northern Michigan University women’s lacrosse team suffers pair of losses in Colorado

MARQUETTE — Sophomore Jessica Daniels scored five goals over two games but it wasn’t enough to avert a pair of losses as the Northern Michigan University lacrosse team traveled to Colorado last week.

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs posted a 9-8 double-overtime victory over the Wildcats before Colorado Mesa scored an 18-7 triumph.

NMU (2-3) hits the road again this weekend.

The Wildcats play a game at Upper Iowa on Friday and at Concordia-St. Paul (Minnesota) on Sunday.


UC-Colorado Springs 9, NMU 8 (OT)

Last Monday, Daniels had a three-goal hat trick before sophomore teammate Aleya Speas scored the equalizer and her second of the game with just 2.9 seconds left in regulation.

But UCCS would notch the game-winner 2:04 into the second overtime to get the victory.

Northern jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Daniels, Ellie Bahr and Emily Renfrew, but UCCS answered with four straight to make it 4-3 at the half.

The Wildcats continued to trail during the second half until nabbing three goals in barely more than three minutes to tie it 7-7. Speas got the first in the cluster, while Daniels added two more just 32 seconds apart.

The hosts went up 8-7 on a goal by Audrey Napp before Speas notched her goals just before the buzzer.

Northern goalie Cam Stilson came up with 10 saves.


Colorado Mesa 18, NMU 7

On Wednesday in Grand Junction, the host Mavericks scored 12 of the 14 goals scored in the first half, NMU’s only respite a goal by Shannon Walus with 10:22 left and Daniels with 4:24 to go.

The Wildcats did makes some inroads to start the second half, scoring four of the first five goals in less than seven minutes to cut its deficit to 13-6. Renfrew scored twice in that span with Daniels and Speas adding one each.

Mesa then put in five of the final six, the string only interrupted by a Speas goal with 15:46 to go.

Stilson and Aliyah Smukala split time in the Northern net, Stilson making five first-half saves and Smukala two in the second half.

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