Lacrosse drops season opener, 19-7

The team stands on the sidelines during the game against Detroit Mercy on April 29 at the Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.

It was not the start Central Michigan lacrosse wanted to start its season. 

The Chippewas were defeated by Marquette 19-7. 

“You saw us come out strong,” said CMU head coach Sara Tisdale. “But lack of execution of our game plan and we let momentum get away from us.”

After falling behind 3-0, Central Michigan scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. Tyra Prince scored the first two goals of the season for the Chippewas. 

Marquette then scored five unanswered goals taking an 8-4 lead before Prince scored her hattrick goal to halt the Golden Eagles run. Marquette scored late giving them a 9-5 lead at halftime. 

“You saw Marquette’s confidence grow and you saw us back away from challenges,” Tisdale said. “We just weren’t willing to run through that ground ball and make the small plays.” 

The Golden Eagles dominated the beginning of the second half scoring four early goals giving them a 13-5 lead, but Shannon Doyle put a stop to the Marquette run scoring her second goal of the game with 20:30 remaining. 

The Golden Eagles finished the game with a 6-0 run. 

Prince led CMU with three goals while Doyle and Emma Hamilton each had two.

Central Michigan returns to action at 3 p.m., on Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C. to face American University.