Rapid Reaction: VCU 15, Central Michigan 9
After a slow start, Central Michigan lacrosse (1-3) fell to Virginia Commonwealth (3-3) Sunday afternoon by a score of 15-9.
The Rams dominated early on and jumped out to a quick lead. Molly Barcikowski scored a hat trick and Jenn Nonn added two goals to help pace VCU to a 7-0 lead.
The Chippewas refused to quit and responded with a pair of goals. Emma Hamilton scored on an assist from Anna Schoonover followed by an unassisted Riley Huda goal to cut the lead 7-2.
Rams' midfielder Keriann McTavish and CMU midfielder Jocelyne Lemay each added a late goal to make it 8-3 Rams at the half.
Sky Hyatt opened the second half scoring for VCU on an unassisted goal. Jessica Del Rossi then scored on a free position goal before Barcikowski added her fourth goal of the afternoon to put VCU ahead 11-3.
Lemay was able to add her second of the night before VCU’s Del Rossi and McTavish responded with their hat-trick goals respectively. Barcikowski later added to her goal count to give VCU a 15-4 lead.
The Chippewas closed out the game strong scoring the final five goals. Huda scored her second the evening while Tyra Prince and Natalie Karlen scored one a piece. Hamilton scored the final two goals of the game to her a hat-trick on the afternoon.
With the loss to VCU, Central Michigan drops its third straight after winning its opening game of the 2017 season. Marquette and Robert Morris previously defeated CMU.
The Chippewas will continue to compete in non-conference play for three more games before opening the Atlantic Sun season with Mercer on March 24 at home.
CMU will return to action on Sunday, March 12 against Cincinnati at the Lacrosse/Soccer Complex.