Lacrosse to play Northwestern in NCAA Tournament

Rancho Palos Verdes junior Kelly Hoyt (left) and Centreville senior Brennan Paddy (right) go for the ball during the game against Robert Morris University on Saturday, April 23 at the CMU Lacrosse Complex

Central Michigan lacrosse will take on Northwestern at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13 in Evanston, Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game, which will be televised on ESPN+, will be the Chippewas' first ever appearance in the tournament. 

CMU earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-10 victory over Northwestern in Saturday's MAC championship game. 

The winner of this first round tilt will play the winner of Michigan and Notre Dame. Northwestern (13-4) is currently ranked as the No. 4 overall team and the fourth seed of the 29-team tournament. 

The Chippewas have played both Michigan and Notre Dame this season, losing to the Wolverines 17-13 on March 6 and falling to Notre Dame 24-5 in the season opener Feb. 11. 

CMU (12-7) has won four straight games, and its 12 wins on the season are a program-record. Seventh-year head coach Sarah Tisdale boasts MAC offensive player of the year Audrey Whiteside and a total of five players who earned conference postseason honors.