MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University hosted Concordia University, St. Paul in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference lacrosse contest.
Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) led the Wildcats with four goals, tied for the team's lead with four ground balls and added three draw controls.
Freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) added three goals with freshmen Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) and Casey Heintzelman (Hudsonville, Mich.) chipping in with two each.
Freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) finished with nine draw controls while freshman Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) posted three. Sophomore Nicole Smith (Green Bay, Wis./East) finished with four ground balls to tie Ringlever for the team's lead.
In goal, freshman Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Annes) posted a career-best 16 saves.
The Golden Bears took a 7-0 lead to start the game until Bahr scored to give NMU their first goal at the 17-minute mark. Dvorak then added a goal on a free position shot to inch the Wildcats closer. However, the guests answered with two goals before Kostelec hit Heintzelman for the third NMU goal. Heintzelman then followed a CSP goal with her second on the day to make the score 10-4.
CSP notched three more goals but Ringlever found the net with 26 seconds to go to make the score 13-5 at the half.
The guests added two goals to start the second half before NMU rallied with four-straight goals. Dvorak scored on a free position shot, then Ringlever followed with her second goal of the game. Sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich./Lakeland) came from behind the net and scored on a pass from Kinder, then Ringlever scored another, this time on a free position shot to narrow the score to 15-9.
This time CSP responded with their own four-goal spurt to make it 19-9 with just over 12 minutes to play. Bahr would score again, but the Golden Bears answered. Ringlever then scored her fourth of the game but once again CSP answered with a score. After Bahr scored one last time, the guests notched two more goals to take the 23-12 victory.
NMU fell to 1-7 on the season and 0-5 in the conference while the Golden Bears improved to 6-3 and 3-2 in the league. The Wildcats return to action Friday night as they visit GLIAC foe University of Indianapolis.