CMU lacrosse wins close against Kent State

Sophomore midfielder Makenna Huhn pushes against an opponent while defending on Saturday, April 9, at the Lacrosse/Soccer Complex.

Central Michigan (8-6, 6-1) defeated Kent State 14-10 Saturday to maintain its Mid-American Conference championship hopes. With this win CMU remains one game behind leader Robert Morris, who is a perfect 8-0 in conference play.

The Chippewas picked up the pace, scoring five goals in the second quarter after a quiet first. Kent State answered every call and the game was tied 6-6 heading into halftime. The Chippewas were led by freshman Reagan Martinsen and senior Maggie Diebold, who both scored two goals in the first half.

CMU kept their foot on the gas in the second half scoring outscoring Kent State 6-3 in the third quarter. Juniors Audrey Whiteside and Kelly Hoyt combined for five of the team's goals in the stanza. Whiteside scored three, while Hoyt put two in the back of the net. 

The Chippewas would hold on to the lead and survive outscoring Kent State 2-1 thanks to goals from Martinsen and graduate student Hannah Potter. 

In the victory, CMU took 32 shots with 30 of those shots on goal. The Chippewas only had a season best 6 turnovers in the game. CMU also forced Kent State to make 14 turnovers.

7 players for the Chippewas found the back of the net in the victory. Three players scored hat tricks in Martinsen, Whiteside, and Diebold.

CMU will extend their three-game win streak as they travel back home to take on MAC rival Youngstown State Monday Apr. 18.