|Twin sisters Kirstin (top) and Kacie (bottom) Lumley recently inked with the Bulldog women's soccer program|
"We're lucky to have signed both Kirstin and Kacie," Lalonde said. "Although they didn't base their college decision on playing at the same school, I'm excited they have both chosen to attend Ferris in the end.
"They complement each other well and will certainly add to the dynamic of our program," she added.
The duo guided Traverse City Central High School to its third-straight district championship as juniors during the spring 2005 campaign. The Trojans compiled a 16-3-2 overall record last season, which marked the third consecutive year the Lumley sisters have helped the program achieve 15 or more victories. TCHS previously won both a district title and were regional finalists with records of 15-6-2 and 18-2-3 in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, respectively. The three-year letterwinners will both serve as team captains in their final prep campaigns this spring.
The 5-5 Kirstin's played several different positions during her prep career, including forward, midfielder and defender. Kacie, who's 5-3, has also competed at all three spots for the Trojans and has previous experience as a goalkeeper. Kirstin was an all-region first team honoree in 2005 while Kacie claimed region honorable mention accolades.
"Having watched Kirstin and Kacie play over the past several years, I believe they both are extremely versatile and have the potential to play a significant role immediately just about anywhere on the field," said Lalonde. "Kacie has a tremendous work rate, great athleticism and a tireless competitive mentality while Kirstin is technically skillful and balanced with a sharp game sense."
Kirstin picked up All-Big North Conference (BNC) honorable mention laurels in 2004 along with all-region "dream team" honors after previously being chosen as an all-district first team recipient in 2003. She notched eight goals and six assists as a junior last season (2005). In 2003, she netted a personal career-high 20 goals along with three assists before totaling a single goal and six assists in 2004 under head coach Andy Valdmanis.
A 2005 All-BNC First Team pick, Kacie also received all-district mention for the second consecutive season as she scored two goals and compiled three assists last campaign. She earned team Most Improved Player Award recognition in 2004 while scoring four goals and posting two assists in addition to notching a shutout and a 1-0-0 record in net. Kacie tallied two assists along with a 3-2-1 overall mark as a goalkeeper in 2003.
Besides their high school soccer experience, both sisters have also competed for the North Stars club soccer program. The squad traveled to Sweden for the Gothia Cup in 2004 and has recently been ranked as high as third in the state.
The daughters of Jim and Tammi Lumley, they represent the Bulldogs' initial 2006 signees to date. Kirstin plans to major in physical therapy/nuclear medicine at Ferris State while Kacie is a nursing/respiratory therapist major.
Ferris, which won 10 of its final 14 outings in the fall 2005 campaign, wrapped up
its slate with an 11-7 overall record and a fourth place 5-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference (GLIAC) mark. FSU's 11 victories this season under Lalonde tied
for the program's most wins in school history.