FINDLAY, Ohio – Northern Michigan University's Lacrosse team faced #24 Tiffin University at the University of Findlay for another Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tilt, but the upset-minded Wildcats fell to the Dragons.
Sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 3 goals. Junior Megan Palacio (Cumberland, R.I) added a goal in the first half while freshmen Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) and Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) both scored in the second half.
Ringlever also finished with a team-best six draw controls. Kostelec and freshman Shannon Walus (Brighton, Mich.) posted three draw controls on the day.
Ringlever put NMU on the board early by scoring just over two minutes into the first half. She then added another one a minute later to answer a TU goal. After the Dragons tied the game once again, Palacio put one in the net to move the Wildcats ahead 3-2 with 21:14 to play in the half.
However, the Dragons responded with eight straight goals to get on top. With six minutes remaining, Ringlever scored her third goal of the game to end the TU rally and made the score 10-4. The hosts followed with four more goals before the half and led 14-4 at halftime.
In the second half, TU added six goals while Kostelec and Bahr both found the cage for NMU but the Dragons captured a 20-6 victory
NMU drops to 2-11 overall and 1-8 in the conference with Tiffin improving to 10-6 on the year and 7-4 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats will now return to the Superior Dome and wrap up their 2018 campaign with games against University of Indianapolis and McKendree University next weekend.