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Northern Michigan University lacrosse wins at Maryville 18-8, now boasts 2-1 record

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Northern Michigan University women’s lacrosse team improved to 2-1 this season after defeating Maryville 18-8 on Tuesday.

A trio of Wildcats each scored four goals, including Emily Renfrew, who scored NMU’s first two goals, the second one a free position shot that tied the game at 2-2 with about nine minutes elapsed.

Madeline Bittell and Katelyn Mongold also had four goals apiece, with Mongold getting a goal less than 30 seconds after Renfrew’s second one to give Northern a 3-2 lead, one it wouldn’t relinquish.

Each of those three players also had an assist.

Renfrew’s tying goal was the first of four in a row by NMU that put the Wildcats up 5-2 with about 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Northern also led 10-5 at halftime, culminated by Renfrew’s fourth goal about 5 1/2 minutes before the break.

The Wildcats also scored five straight goals in the game’s final 14 minutes for the 10-goal victory.

Northern’s Aleya Speas finished with three goals and two assists, while the team’s other goals came from Kaitlyn Bridger, Lauryn Rygiel and Jessica Daniels.

NMU was 16 of 19 on clears, led draw controls 21-7 and had eight free position shots.

Cam Stilson got the win in the Northern goal, making six saves. NMU held a 35-14 shots edge on Maryville, which was making its season debut. That forced Maryville goalie Tabatha Saake to make 17 saves.

The Wildcats continue a four-game road trip by entering GLIAC play on March 19 and 21 with games at Fayette, Iowa, against Upper Iowa.

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