MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Lacrosse season began Saturday with the Wildcats hosting Albion College in an exhibition game.
Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) scored seven goals and added an assist to lead NMU. She also led the team with nine draw controls. Freshman Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) chipped in with four goals.
Senior Danielle Grzeskowiak (Brighton, Mich.) led the team with four ground balls and caused two turnovers. In goal, freshman Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Annes) posted 18 shots in her debut with the Wildcats.
Albion scored first but freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) and Ringlever scored on free position shots to move NMU ahead 2-1. The Britons tied it, but Ringlever scored again and assisted on a goal by freshman Casey Heintzelman (Hudsonville, Mich.) to put NMU back on top 4-2.
After another AC goal, Kinder made it 5-3 with 16 minutes left in the first half, scoring on a pass from sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich./Lakeland). Several minutes later, Albion added two goals to tie the game at 5-5. Kinder scored again, but the guests answered to tie it at 6-6. The Wildcats closed out the half with goals by Kinder and Ringlever from Dvorak to enter the half ahead 8-6.
To start the second half, the Britons scored three goals to take a lead, but Ringlever tied the game at 9-9 with an assist from freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) with just over 20 minutes left to play. The Britons responded by scoring three-straight goals to go ahead 12-9 with 14 minutes to play.
Ringlever scored back-to-back goals, getting help from junior Megan Palacio (Cumberland, R.I.) on the second to make it 12-11. The teams then traded goals, with Ringlever scoring for NMU to make it 13-12 with 7:17 to go.
Over the next three minutes, Albion scored three goals to go up 16-12. Dvorak found Kinder for her fourth goal of the game, but it wasn't enough as NMU fell 16-13.
The Wildcats officially start their regular season on Sunday, February 25 and will take on Wheeling Jesuit University at Detroit Country Day High School in Beverly Hills, Mich.