Lacrosse claims share of SoCon title despite loss

Sophomore midfielder Tyra Prince races up the field against a Duquesne player on Mar. 15 in the Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.

Central Michigan lacrosse may have lost the game but it still earned a share of the program’s first conference title. 

The Chippewas (11-6, 4-1 SoCon) fell to Detroit Mercy (10-7, 4-1 SoCon) by a score of 17-9 in the Motor City. 

Despite the loss, CMU will enter the Southern Conference tournament will a No. 2 seed with a share of the SoCon regular season championship. 

“I don’t think this one game defines a great season,” Tisdale said. “There’s a lot of positive that have gone into this so far and we’re excited to be able to compete again within just a couple days.”

Just over a minute in the game, Tyra Prince scored a goal to give Central Michigan their only lead of the evening. 

After several minutes of scoreless action the Titans scored four unanswered goals before Jessica Schuchardt scored to end UDM’s run. 

The two teams exchanged a pair of goals before Lexi Kinmond scored in the final minute of the first half to give Detroit Mercy a 7-4 lead at halftime. 

The Titans carried their momentum over to the second half outscoring the Chippewas 6-1 in the first 13 minutes of the half. 

Shannon Doyle ended CMU’s drought with a free position goal to cut UDM’s lead to 13-6. 

Central Michigan and Detroit Mercy then exchanged three goals a piece before the Titans scored again in the final minute giving them a 17-9 victory. 

The Chippewas struggled to clear the ball going 12-21 and lost the turnover battle 19-10. UDM outshot CMU 44-27. 

“(We had) a lack of confidence which is weird because we haven’t seen that in a long time,” Tisdale said.  “We just over though things and tried to do too much.”

Central Michigan will return to action on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for the semifinals of the SoCon tournament in Macon, Ga. against No. 3 seed Furman.