MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University's Lacrosse team honored three seniors, Brianna Bangle (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall), Danielle Grzeskowiak (Brighton, Mich.) and Blair Osgood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover) for their contributions to the program prior to the team's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup against McKendree University to conclude the 2018 season.
Three players each scored two goals. Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) scored twice, added an assist and led the team with nine draw controls. Freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) scored two times and added five draw controls with two ground balls. Freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) also had two goals.
Freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) scored a goal and junior Amanda Robers (Elkhorn, Wis.) snagged two ground balls. Bangle got the start in goal and posted seven saves in her final outing.
After an early goal from the Bearcats, Dvorak tied the game less than three minutes into the game to make it 1-1 with over 27 minutes left in the first half. The guests answered with six-straight goals before Kostelec scored her first of the day with 21:53 to go. Dvorak then scored on a free position shot for her 39th season goal to make it 7-3 with 20 minutes to go.
McKendree responded with two goals before Bahr put her 21st goal of the season into the cage to move the score 9-4 with 18 minutes remaining in the half. This time the Bearcats put six more into the net before Ringlever scored her first of the day on a free position shot. The guests added two more before the break and went into halftime with a 17-5 lead.
Out of the break, McKendree added three more goals, but Ringlever found Kostelec for her 16th score of the year to make it 20-6. Ringlever scored again for her 37th of the season with four minutes left in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Bearcats claimed a 26-7 victory.
NMU closes out 2018 at 2-13 and 1-11 in the GLIAC while McKendree moves to 8-9 overall and 6-6 in league play and will continue action next week in the GLIAC Tournament.