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At the start of my second semester as a sports writer for Central Michigan Life, I gladly took the opportunity to cover the fastest growing women’s sport at the collegiate level — lacrosse.In December 2012, Central Michigan announced the addition of women’s lacrosse along with women’s golf in an effort to provide equitable athletics participation for both men and women and remain compliant with Title IX.I was more than excited to shine some light on this young, diverse group of student-athletes. Lacrosse Head Coach, CMU alumna Sara Tisdale, traveled across the country and Canada to recruit 25 freshmen and one sophomore to the roster by January 2015 — a year before the team's inaugural season.I was surprised by the scheduling of the first home games — the first two during spring break and the third scheduled on Easter.
Head coach Sara Tisdale watches as freshman defender Samantha Cannon fights for the ball during the game against Robert Morris at the CMU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex, Sunday, March 27, 2016.
The spring semester, along with the 2015-16 Central Michigan sports season, is wrapping up. While April isn't the peak month for college athletic events, there are a few CMU sporting events worth taking a study break for.Here are the top five remaining CMU sporting events this semester:
In its inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference opener, the Central Michigan lacrosse team fell to Detroit Mercy 13-8 Tuesday.Head Coach Sara Tisdale said she was disappointed with the costly mistakes from her team. The Chippewas had 19 turnovers, received two yellow cards and were 8-for-16 in clear attempts.
While most Central Michigan athletic teams play in the Mid-American Conference, one program is playing out of the MAC.The Central Michigan lacrosse team, part of the nine-member Atlantic Sun Conference, begins conference play on Wednesday.
A few weeks after naming its first head coach in program history, the Central Michigan women’s lacrosse team recruited its first player in program history — defender Amber Crouse.The Hartland native was recruited in early August of 2014 after Sara Tisdale was announced as head coach on July 16, 2014.
Central Michigan lacrosse
played their third home game Sunday, falling to Marquette in the second half. Midfielder Jocelyn Lemay led
the Chippewas with 5 goals for 6 shots.
The Central Michigan baseball and softball teams play three-game sets against Kent State this weekend, while the lacrosse team hosts Robert Morris on Sunday. A Twitter poll earlier in the week totaling 239 votes on @CMLifeSports determined the Matchup of the Weekend to be baseball's series against Kent State.
Central Michigan’s lacrosse team lost 17-4 at Marquette Saturday, dropping its record to 3-3.Freshman midfielder Sydney Wright led the Chippewas with two goals, scoring both in the final eight minutes of the game. The Ohio native has eight goals so far this season.
Central Michigan’s Logan Halvorson was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Chippewa defense in back-to-back victories.The CMU defense allowed only 10 goals in their two home games last weekend.
Central Michigan’s Lacrosse
team earned their third victory of the season Sunday after winning their second
home game against Virginia Commonwealth, 6-5. The Chippewas are now 3-2 in
their first season in program history.
Central Michigan’s Lacrosse
team won their first home game in history Friday with a score of 19-5 against
Delaware State.It was their first home game
as a varsity team in the new lacrosse/soccer stadium, which opened in September
2015.Head coach Sara Tisdale said
the atmosphere was “perfect” in the new facility.
Central Michigan freshman midfielder Jocelyn Lemay was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week after CMU’s 16-4 victory at Gardner-Webb Sunday.The Peterborough, Ontario native is CMU Lacrosse’s first weekly winner in program history.
On a sheet of paper, many of the players on the Central Michigan lacrosse team do not stand out. All but one are freshmen and have just one appearance in a collegiate game.One player, however, has made an appearance on the world stage.Freshman midfielder Jocelyne Lemay arrives on campus after representing Canada in the Under-19 World Championships.
In the team's second game, the Central Michigan lacrosse team earned its first win in program history.The Chippewas defeated the Gardner-Webb bulldogs 16-4 Saturday in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.Head Coach Sara Tisdale was pleased with her team’s ability to execute plays after the long road trip.“I think our team came out ready to play,” she said.
Chippewas.A name honoring the tribe whose land this university currently sits on.A name carried onto many sports courts and fields, across the chests of hundreds of Central Michigan student-athletes, but never has the connection between the mascot name and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe been so strong.When CMU lacrosse played in its first game in program history Saturday, it not only ushered in a new era in CMU athletics, but carried the colors of the Chippewa tribe onto the field.
The Central Michigan lacrosse team might be starting from scratch, but Head Coach Sara Tisdale isn’t.This isn’t her first startup project or first lacrosse experience at CMU. The 2006 Chippewa graduate played on CMU's club team before coaching club lacrosse at Michigan State. After that, she started a Division III lacrosse program at Augustana College in Illinois in 2010 and went 51-8 in her three seasons in charge. The Vikings went 16-1 last season.
The Central Michigan lacrosse team gave up one goal less than two minutes into its first game in program history.Through the next 58 minutes, there would be 13 more.The Chippewas trailed 6-0 by halftime and managed its only goal on an injured backup goalkeeper in a 14-1 loss Sunday at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor.Despite the loss, Head Coach Sara Tisdale said she was proud of the effort her team put forth in their first collegiate game.“Michigan’s a very aggressive, up-tempo team," Tisdale said.