Huda, Lemay lead lacrosse past Butler
The stars shined bright for Central Michigan lacrosse Thursday evening in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Jocelyne Lemay finished with six goals while sophomore Riley Huda had a program record seven assists and a goal as the Chippewas defeated Butler, 14-9 to improve to 3-4 on the season.
"We’re getting to the point where we expect that out of Riley,” said head coach Sara Tisdale. “She’s getting better and better in her role and it’s going to be really exciting to watch her during conference play.”
Huda leads the Chippewas with 18 assists on the season. Lemay leads the Chippewas with 17 goals this year.
After Lemay opened the scoring for the Chippewas, Butler responded with four consecutive goals to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead early in the first time.
That was the last time Butler would hold a lead in the contest.
CMU finished the first half on a 9-1 run to take a 10-5 lead into halftime. Lemay led the way with five first-half goals, while freshman Natalie Karlen and freshman Tyra Prince scored two. Huda also found the back of the net.
Central Michigan came out blazing to open the second half. The Chippewas scored four goals in the first ten minutes to give them a commanding 14-5 lead.
Lemay scored her sixth, Karlen got her hat-trick, and freshman Shannon Doyle and freshman Emily Kraus each scored their first of the matchup.
Butler would close out the second half with four unanswered goals, but it wouldn't be enough. Tisdale said she was pleased with her team's performance, despite the late surge by the Bulldogs.
“We looked to get some other players some experience,” said Tisdale. “We’ll learn from that and by no means is that a negative.”
The win also marks the end of non-conference play for CMU. Central Michigan will enter Atlantic Sun Conference play Friday, March 24 against Mercer at the Lacrosse/Soccer Complex.