Loyola alums become part of Michigan women’s lacrosse lore: Megan Schulte (Class of 2015) and Caroline Witkowski (Class of 2017) both contributed to the program’s best season since the school added the sport in 2014. The Wolverines qualified for their first NCAA postseason tournament and beat Jacksonville 13-9 in the first round Friday in Ann Arbor. Their season ended Sunday with a 9-5 loss to Denver at home.
Michigan set records for overall (16) and Big Ten (4) victories. Prior to this season, the most total wins was seven and most conference victories was two. It was the first time the program finished above .500 in either category. What’s more, the Wolverines beat six ranked opponents.
A native of Glenview and daughter of former Michigan football player Tim Schulte, Megan (pictured above) played in seven games as a senior at attack. A sophomore from Wilmette, Witkowski played in seven games, starting four, on defense.
Loyola graduate and current varsity assistant coach Anna Schueler (Class of 2013) paved the path for Schulte and Witkowski. A Chicago resident, Schueler was a member on Michigan’s inaugural team. She was a two-time captain and started all 69 games during her college career. Schueler graduated as the program’s all-time leader in draw controls (239) and groundballs (100) and finished second in points (157).
Former Loyola lacrosse teammates square off in postseason: Brennan Dwyer (Class of 2017) and Northwestern beat Katie Enrietto (Class of 2017) and Notre Dame 13-10 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday in Evanston. Both former Ramblers played in the game. Dwyer started and won four draw controls, while Enrietto came off the bench.
The No. 4-seeded Wildcats (15-4) are in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. They host No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday.
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