MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Lacrosse team defeated Davenport University 17-16 on Hawaiian Night for their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference victory in program history.
Five players scored goals for the second-year program, led by freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) who finished with six goals and an assist. Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) posted four goals, three assists and led the team with nine draw controls and five ground balls.
Freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) added four goals while freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) scored two goals. Sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich./Lakeland) chipped in with one goal. Freshman Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) aided the effort with an assist and six draw controls.
Freshman goalkeeper Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Annes) finished with 18 saves.
In front of the loudest crowd this season, NMU opened the game hot with a 7-1 rally over the first 12 minutes. Ringlever found Kostelec for the team's first goal and was followed by Dvorak scoring her first of the game. Bahr then scored a minute later off a pass from Kinder to move the Wildcats ahead 3-0 just 5:05 into the game.
After a DU goal, Dvorak scored and then hit Bogden shortly after. Ringlever continued the rally with another goal, and found Kostelec again to move NMU ahead 7-1 with 17:50 to play.
The Panthers inched closer with two goals before Ringlever scored on a free position shot. Another DU goal was followed by Ringlever finding Dvorak to make it 9-4 with just over six minutes remaining in the opening half. However, the guests rallied and scored three goals to reduce the NMU lead to 9-7 entering halftime.
DU opened the second half with two goals to tie the game, but Dvorak answered with back-to-back goals. The Panthers responded with another two goals and it was tied again, 11-11, with 23:51 to play.
The teams would then trade goals, with Bahr scoring twice for NMU, and the score was 13-13 with 12 minutes to play. To answer the tying DU goal, the Wildcats tallied three goals to take a 16-13 lead . Dvorak started the run by scoring on a free position shot. Ringlever and Bahr followed and NMU was ahead by three with six minutes remaining.
The guests scored with four minutes left to move within 16-14. With just over a minute left, Ringlever put in a free position goal to move NMU back to a three-goal lead. DU quickly answered and then scored again with 28 seconds remaining to creep within 17-16. On the ensuing draw control, Ringlever controlled it and forced two fouls from the Panthers to help seal the victory and give NMU their first-ever GLIAC triumph with the 17-16 final score.
With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 2-9 in the season and 1-7 in the GLIAC while DU fell to 3-8 overall, 1-6 in league play. NMU will return to action on Friday, April 20, by visiting conference leader Grand Valley State University.