Comeback Effort Falls Short as Lacrosse Drops Contest to Wheeling Jesuit

Comeback Effort Falls Short as Lacrosse Drops Contest to Wheeling Jesuit

WHEELING, W.V. – Northern Michigan University Lacrosse pulled within one goal late in the game but were unable to complete the comeback as the Wildcats fell to Wheeling Jesuit University 18-15 in the team's first road contest of the season. 


Three players achieved three goals to lead the Wildcats' offense. Junior Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.), sophomore Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn.), and freshman Jessica Daniels (Brighton, Mich.) each tallied three goals. 

Sophomore Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md.) and freshman Aleya Speas (Castle Rock, Colo.) both notched two goals while Kostelec also added two assists. Sophomore Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) and freshman Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) added a goal each. Renfrew also paced the team with seven draw controls with Ringlever chipping in with four and Daniels finishing with three. 

Daniels also tied for the team's lead with three ground balls, tying freshmen Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) and Jessica Close (Stafford, Va.). Bahr, Kostelec and Renfrew all caused two turnovers. 

In goal, Stilson finished with eight saves. 


The Wildcats faced a 2-0 deficit when Ringlever put NMU on the board when she scored at the 22:31 mark. After two more WJU goals, Bahr found the net and made the score 4-2 10 minutes into the game. Once again, the Cardinals added two goals but NMU answered as Kinder and Speas both scored on free position shots, pulling withing 6-4.

The teams traded goals the rest of the half, with Speas scoring on another free position shot and Daniels scoring with 6:28 to go in the half. However, the hosts scored a goal with 14 seconds left and took a 9-6 lead into the break. 


The Cardinals opened the second half with four goals but NMU answered with three goals. Daniels scored the first one with 25:20 on the clock. A minute later, Kostelec found Bahr for a goal, then Bahr added another goal 30 seconds later and made the score 13-9 six minutes into the half. 

The hosts then scored three goals to take a 16-9 lead with 11:16 left to play. The Wildcats answered with six-straight goals. Kostelec scored twice before Daniels put one in the net.  Kostelec then found Renfrow for another score with four minutes left to make it 16-13. 

Ringlever continued the rally with a goal then took advantage of a free position shot with 1:39 to play and made the score 16-15. However, WJU was able to score twice in the final minute to capture an 18-15 lead. 


The Wildcats fall to 1-2 on the season and continue their roadtrip by visiting Lake Erie College Thursday night.