MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Lacrosse hosted #4 Lindenwood University in nonconference action Sunday afternoon. Despite a strong performance, the Wildcats were unable to pull off the upset, falling 17-7.
Leading the Wildcat offense was freshman Jessica Daniels (Brighton, Mich.), who notched four goals in the contest on four shots.
Sophomore Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn.) added two goals and two ground balls while junior Graison RInglever (Mattawan, Mich.) chipped in with a goal and four draw controls.
Sophomore Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md.), junior Angelica Bogden (Clarkston, Mich.) and freshman Emily Renfrew (Okemos, Mich.) both tallied assists.
Freshman Jessica Close (Stafford, Va.) notched four ground balls to led the team.
In goal, freshman Cam Stilson (Brighton, Mich.) posted nine saves.
THE FIRST HALF
Lindenwood scored the first goal, but Bahr tied it at 1-1 just four minutes into the game, scoring her first goal of the season. The Lions answered with two goals before Daniels responded with back-to-back goals, scoring at the 22:27 mark on a free position shot, then again on a pass from Renfrew for her sixth of the season with 20:19 on the clock.
LIndenwood followed with three goals, but Daniels got another one past the Lions' goalie to make it 6-4 with 4:08 left to play. The four goals in the first half by NMU is the most goals the #4 Lions have allowed in a game all season. Entering the contest, they had only allowed just nine goals through four games, allowing three goals on two occasions.
The half ended with the guests adding one more goal with 21 seconds to play, giving Lindenwood a 7-4 lead at the break.
THE SECOND HALF
The second half started with four Lindenwood goals. Bahr stopped the run with her second of the day, scoring on Kostelec's fifth assist of the season at the 24:15 mark. However, the Lions answerd with three more goals before Daniels scored from Bogdan to make it 14-6 with 12:34 to play.
Lindenwood followed with three goals. With 1:01 left to play, Ringlever found the net for the sixth time this season on a free position shot to make the final score 17-7.
The Wildcats are now 1-1 on the season and hit the road for the first time this year by taking on Wheeling Jesuit University Wednesday and follow it with Lake Erie College Thursday.