Lacrosse finishes road schedule, heads home

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Tyler Young

The Northern Michigan University Women’s Lacrosse team lost both of its matches last weekend, falling 22-3 to Grand Valley on Friday before suffering a 20-6 defeat to Tiffin on Sunday.

The first half of Friday’s game was controlled by Grand Valley, as they scored four goals in the opening five minutes before Northern was finally able to get on the board when sophomore attacker Angelica Bogden put the ball past the GVSU keeper. The Lakers did not allow another Wildcat goal in the half, while scoring ten more of their own to make the score 14-1 at halftime.

Grand Valley’s offensive showcase continued throughout the second half, as they added eight goals to their total before finally allowing NMU sophomore midfielder Graison Ringlever to double her team’s score. Freshman midfielder Bianca Kinder rounded out the game’s scoring for the Wildcats, and at the final whistle, Northern found themselves on the wrong end of a 22-3 scoreline.

Sunday saw the Wildcats play their final road game of the year in a matchup against the Tiffin Dragons. The first few minutes looked promising for Northern, as the two teams went back and forth on the scoreboard thanks to goals from Ringlever and junior attacker/midfielder Megan Palacio. Ten minutes into the game, however, Tiffin took over. The Dragons scored eight unanswered goals to steal the advantage away from the Wildcats.

Ringlever added another NMU tally late in the half, but Tiffin finished the opening half with a flurry of three goals in the space of a minute, opening up a 14-4 lead at halftime.

The Dragons controlled the second half as well, scoring five times before NMU freshman attacker/midfielder Tess Kostelec put another goal on the board for the Wildcats. Northern was able to muster another goal before the game ended thanks to freshman attacker/midfielder Ellie Bahr, but once again, NMU was on the losing end of a lopsided 20-6 decision.

The Wildcats will close out their season this weekend with a pair of home games, hosting the Indianapolis Greyhounds on Friday, April 27, before taking on the McKendree Bearcats on Sunday, April 29, on senior night. The opening draw will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, while Sunday’s game is a matinee, beginning at noon.

NMU graduates three seniors: defenseman Danielle Grzeskowiak, goaltender Briana Bangle and attacker Blair Osgood.