Lacrosse blows past Saint Francis (PA) in season opener


Then-freshman midfielder Anna Schoonover celebrates with her teammates after scoring during the game against Virginia Commonwealth University at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex, Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Sophomore midfielder Anna Schoonover controlled the opening face-off and it was all Central Michigan lacrosse from there.

In its second year as a program, CMU dominated Saint Francis (PA) 20-10 in its season opener Thursday in Loretta, Pennsylvania. 

Seven different Chippewas found the back of the net with Schoonover leading the way with a program-record six goals.

“I just went out there and played how I play.” Schoonover said. “I wouldn’t have been as successful without my teammates. I thought we connected really well and had a really good day.”

Second year head coach Sara Tisdale said she was happy with the effort of her team against the Red Flash on a snowy afternoon.

“A little cold, but overall the game was really well played.” she said. “We put together a 60-minute effort and I’m just really pleased with the way our team played today.”

Preseason ASUN Player of the Year Jocelyne Lemay opened the scoring for CMU to finish a beautiful give-and-go play on a feed from Tyra Prince.

Natalie Karlen scored a goal, and then assisted on a Schoonover goal to give the Chippewas a 3-0 lead before the Red Flash answered to make it 3-1.

Tyra Prince then scored a goal for the Chippewas, and Natalie Karlen tacked on her second of the evening before St. Francis answered again to make it 5-2.

CMU controlled the rest of the first half, outscoring St. Francis 7-2 to give the Chippewas a 12-4 lead at the half. Emily Kraus added two goals, while Lemay and Prince added a goal to give them each a pair. Freshmen Shannon Doyle also impressed scoring a first half hat trick.

After a quick Red Flash goal, CMU scored three unanswered to open the second half. Kraus got her hat-trick goal on an assist from Lemay. Schoonover then scored back-to-back goals giving CMU a 15-5 lead.

Riley Huda, Doyle, and Karlen rounded out the scoring for CMU, as well as Schoonover tacking on her fifth and sixth goal of the game late.

Starting goaltender Dominque Hammon finished the game with 13 saves. Backup Hope Murray also saw time recording four saves. 

The Chippewas (1-0) will face Robert Morris at noon Saturday, before returning home to face Marquette on Thursday, Feb. 23.