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COLUMN: Poor scheduling for first lacrosse games hindered attendance for deserving group of Chippewas

(04/03/16 5:47pm)

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.

(04/03/16 5:45pm)

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 lone sophomore: After spending first year as average student, Crouse hits the field for lacrosse

(03/27/16 5:46pm)

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.

World Leader: Midfielder brings global experience to young team

(02/21/16 6:39pm)

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.

Lacrosse connects university to Saginaw Chippewa Tribe roots

(02/07/16 9:41pm)

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.

Embracing the unknown: Lacrosse team welcomes risk while building a new program

(02/07/16 9:30pm)

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.

Wolverines too much for lacrosse in first game in program history

(02/07/16 5:20pm)

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.