The Northern Arizona University women's golf team improved on day two of the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, hosted by Colorado State University Monday morning at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colorado.
NAU jumped up two spots to a tie for 11th overall in the standings for the tournament after finishing the day with a total score of 9-over 297 on the par-72 course. The Lumberjacks sit at 25-over after two days of competition after shooting a team round of 304 yesterday.
Individually, Kaitlyn Saum sits atop the leaderboard for the Lumberjacks, shooting an even 72 to improve to a tie for fifth-place at 1-under for the tournament. She led Northern Arizona with four birdies on the day.
Sofia Anokhina improved three strokes from Sunday, and shot a 1-over 73 overall to jump to a tie for 35th in the standings. Carly Akine stayed consistent and finished with a 5-over 77 after shooting the same score the day before for a tournament total of 10-over (T-62nd).
Freshman Lexi Keene also improved five strokes, after finishing with a round of 75. She now sits with a tournament total of 11-over 155 (T-67th) in her first competition with the program. Sierra Bezdicek finished the day with a 12-over 84 and sits at 21-over for the classic.
San Jose University took over the lead as a team at 1-under overall after shooting 3-under on the day. New Mexico State (2-over), Colorado State (7-over), and San Francisco (9-over) finished in spots No. 2-4 while Indiana and Portland State sit in a tie for fifth (10-over).
Northern Arizona will be right back in action with the conclusion of the tournament Tuesday morning.
The Northern Arizona women's soccer team fell to New Mexico 4-0 Sunday afternoon in their second loss of the weekend. The Lumberjacks are now moving into Big Sky Conference competition 5-4 overall with two power teams in Idaho and Eastern Washington on the schedule.
"We got beat by a very good New Mexico team," said head coach Andre Luciano. "They were dangerous in all areas of the game; set pieces, throw ins and counter attacks and we could not respond."
Much like Friday night, the Lumberjacks went down early in the game giving up two goals less than a minute a part. Northern Arizona struggled offensively recording just four shots and one on goal the entire game. New Mexico capitalized on their opportunity and kept possession, stretching the Lumberjacks for the remaining 20 minutes in the first half.
Going into the second half, the Lumberjacks were down 2-0 and looking to get on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the Lobos scored their third and fourth goals to solidify their fifth win of the season and fourth shutout.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Meghan Dickmann and the NAU back line gave a great effort against a very aggressive Lobo offense, who took a total 26 shots. Dickmann recorded five saves, one of her highest this season, before being subbed out for sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Spoelman. Spoelman, her first look on the field this season, ended the game for the Lumberjacks giving up the Lobo's fourth goal and denying an attempt with a save in the 76th minute.
Big Sky action kicks off next weekend for Northern Arizona starting Friday against the reigning regular season champions the Idaho Vandals and continuing Sunday against the reigning conference tournament champions, the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Lumberjacks will be on the road for both, taking on the Vandals at 6 p.m. Friday and the Eagles Sunday at noon.