SOUTH EUCLID, Oh. The Northern Michigan University Lacrosse team collected their first win of the 2018 season by defeating Notre Dame College 18-8 in nonconference action Tuesday afternoon.
The Wildcats featured six players with goals. Freshman Emily Dvorak (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead) scored five goals and also added an assist while freshman Ellie Bahr (Crystal, Minn./Benilde St. Margarets) and sophomore Graison Ringlever (Mattawan, Mich.) both scored five times. Freshman Tess Kostelec (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) scored two goals with two assists and sophomore Angelica Bogden (Clarkson, Mich./Lakeland) added two goals and an assist. Bianca Kinder (Haslett, Mich.) chipped in with a goal and also dished out two assists.
Sophomore Leiss Luyckx (Troy, Mich./Bloomfield Hills) led the team with four ground balls and caused four turnovers. Kostelec, Dvorak and freshman Shannon Walus (Brighton, Mich.) finished with two ground balls each.
In the cage, senior Brianna Bangle (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) posted seven saves while freshman Emily Karbaum (Sudlersville, Md./Queen Annes) got the start and had four saves.
The scoring started early as Kinder found Dvorak for the game's first goal just 36 seconds in. The Falcons tied it 16 seconds later, but Ringlever answered for NMU and got the lead back. After ND tied it again, Bahr scored back-to-back goals then Kostelec hit Bogden for a goal to move the Wildcats ahead 5-2 less than 10 minutes into the game.
Notre Dame narrowed the gap with a goal with just under 12 minutes left in the half, but NMU again answered and held a 6-3 lead with 10:23 to play in the first. The hosts scored two goals in the final ten minutes but NMU held on and took a 6-5 lead into the break.
The Wildcats started the second half strong as Kostelec found Ringlever for a goal, followed by Bogden finding Bahr. Dvorak then scored back-to-back goals to move NMU ahead 10-5. The Falcons scored a goal in response but NMU answered with two more goals, making it 12-6 with 13:21 on the clock.
ND scored two quick goals to reduce the Wildcat lead, but would be unable to get any closer as the Wildcats finished the game with eight-straight goals. Dvorak hit Kostelec to start the run, then Ringlever and Kostelec scored unassisted, followed by Kinder hitting Ringlever to make it 16-8 with 7:52 to play. Over the final minutes of the game, Ringlever, Dvorak, Bogden and Kinder each scored again to make it 20-8.
With the win, NMU improves to 1-2 on the season while ND falls to 1-2. The Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 17 and will travel to Concordia University, St. Paul.