MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan lacrosse team was downed by Concordia-St. Paul, 14-8, Tuesday afternoon at the Superior Dome.
Jordan Hanner netted six goals, the most by a Wildcat to date, but the Golden Bears used a five-goal surge to pull out the road victory.
After Hanner capitalized on a free-position shot to give Northern Michigan the lead just 31 seconds into the game, Concordia-St. Paul netted five unanswered goals from the 27:05 to the 11:22 marks.
Hanner snapped the Wildcats' scoring drought at 10:47, taking advantage of her second free-position attempt. Just over a minute later, she made it a 5-3 game on her third free-position strike of the game, but the Golden Bears recorded the final two goals of the half to carry a 7-3 advantage into the break.
Concordia-St. Paul scored four of the second half's first five goals to take an 11-4 lead, its largest of the game, with 16:10 on the clock.
Northern Michigan rallied, with Hanner netting goals at the 15:22 and 10:18 marks to make it an 11-6 game. After Kallie LaValle put the Golden Bears back up by six, Shelby Klotz notched the next two goals to pull the Wildcats within four.
Concordia-St. Paul's Sheala Osborne capped the scoring, finding the back of the net twice in the final three minutes.
Hanner led all players with six goals, four of which came on free-position attempts. Osborne (3), Kailey Heinl (3), Maddie Hentges (2) and LaValle (2) had multi-goal outings for the Golden Bears.
Brianna Bangle made a season-high 12 saves in the losing effort. Katie Lottsfeldt made 11 to pick up the victory for the Concordia-St. Paul (4-3).
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 1-2. They kick off a nine-game road swing on March 17 when they take on Georgian Court at 3 p.m.