MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University's Lacrosse team heads to Minnesota to open their 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season when they visit Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday.
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Getting their first win: In their last outing, the Wildcats used a 14-3 second half rally to defeat Notre Dame College 20-8. NMU held a 6-5 lead through the first half, but came out and scored four straight goals to begin the second half. After trading goals for the next 10 minutes, the Wildcats ended the game with eight-straight goals in the game's final 11 minutes to get the victory.
Strong starts to their career: Freshmen Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc Wis./Arrowhead) and Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) have started their collegiate careers with strong starts, as they are both ranked in the top 12 of the GLIAC for goals scored. Dvorak has scored 12 goals and has added four assists for 16 total points, which is seventh-best in the league. Bahr has tallied eight goals and an assist. Bahr leads the team with a .727 shooting percentage, with Dvorak close behind with a .706 percentage.
Protecting the cage: Freshman Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Anne) has notched 36 saves on the season, and leads all GLIAC goaltenders, who have played three games, in total saves. Among the entire conference, she is third with a 49.3 save percentage. Karbaum also leads the team with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Gather the ball: Freshman Shannon Walus (Brighton, Mich.) and sophomore Leiss Luyckx (Troy, Mich./Bloomfield Hills) leads the field players with seven ground balls this season. Junior Megan Palacio (Cumberland, R.I.) has added six. Senior Danielle Grzeskowiak (Brighton, Mich.) and sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) have chipped in with five. Luyckx also leads the field players with four caused turnovers.
Controlling the draw: Dvorak leads the Wildcats with 14 draw controls this season. Closely behind is freshman Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.), who has snagged 12 draw controls. Ringlever has added nine.
NMU versus CSP: This will be the third matchup between the teams, with Concordia, St. Paul getting the best of NMU both games last season. This season, CSP is 3-1 with victories over Tusculum University, Mars Hill University and Wingate University. The fell 17-9 in their opener to Lindenwood University.