LEBANON, Ill. -- The Northern Michigan University Lacrosse team scored first and held an early lead in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action at McKendree University Sunday but ultimately fell 23-9.
Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) scored four goals to pace the Wildcat offense. Freshmen Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) and Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) both added two goals. Freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) scored once.
Ringlever finished the day with a team-best seven draw controls. Kinder and freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) notched four each.
Ringlever put NMU on the board early, scoring the first goal less than a minute into the game. Dvorak then followed 38 seconds later to make it a 2-0 score early. The Bearcats answered with two goals of their own and the score was 2-2 less than three minutes into the first half.
Kinder put the Wildcats back on top with 25:29 left to go in the half, but McKendree responded by scoring seven goals to take the lead. Ringlever then scored on a free position shot to narrow the gap and sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich./Lakeland) hit Kinder for a score with 1:22 to go before halftime, but the hosts added eight more first half goals to make the score 17-5 at the break.
Dvorak opened the second half by scoring on a free position shot. After the Bearcats scored, Bahr scored and was followed by another Ringlever free position goal. To close the half, Ringlever put one into the cage with 1:57 to go, but it wasn't enough as the hosts took the 23-9 victory.
NMU fell to 1-9 on the season and 0-7 in the GLIAC with the Bearcats moving to 4-8 and 3-4 in the conference. The Wildcats will now return to the Superior Dome to host Davenport University Friday night on Hawaiian Night. All fans and students are encouraged to wear their best hawaiian shirt to the game.