ST. PAUL, Minn. – Northern Michigan University scored 13 goals in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough as the Lacrosse team fell to Concordia University, St. Paul 18-15 in the team's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) and freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomoc, Wis.), who both notched five goals. Freshman Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) added two goals, with freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) and Angelica Bogden each scored a goal.
Each goal scorer also posted an assist.
Ringlever led the team with nine draw controls. Freshman Shannon Walus (Brighton, Mich.) finished with a team-best four ground balls. Ringlever, Bangle, Karbaum and sophomore Leiss Luyckx (Troy Mich./Bloomfield Hills) all tallied three ground balls.
CSP jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Dvorak put one in the net. The hosts then added two more when Bahr scored on a free position shot. The Golden Bears ended the half on a 6-0 run to take an 11-2 lead into the break.
Kinder sandwiched a Ringlever goal to give NMU three goals to open the second half. After four CSP goals, Ringlever scored again and the score was 15-6 with 19:30 to go in the game.
The teams then traded goals before NMU went on a 6-0 run of their own. Dvorak found Ringlever, then Bogden scored. While the team was down a player, Ringlever scored and then assisted on a Dvorak goal.
Dvorak scored again, this time on a free position shot to move NMU within 17-12 with 5:54 to go. Three minutes later, Ringlever scored her fifth goal to make it 17-13 with 2:34 to go.
Concordia, St. Paul found the net one more time, and Dvorak closed the game out with back-to-back goals in the last minute but the hosts captured the 18-15 win.
With the defeat, NMU falls to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC while CSP improved 4-1 on the year, 1-0 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats will look to bounce back next Saturday and host Grand Valley State University for their first home game of the season.