CMU field hockey drops back-to-back road games


Central Michigan midfielder Alice O'Hagan assists midfielder Georgina Minta on a goal Oct. 18 at Cristy Freese Stadium.

Central Michigan women’s field hockey team traveled to Pennsylvania for a two-game road trip against Bucknell and Lock Haven, looking to snap its losing streak.

However, the Chippewas ended up losing 4-1 to Bucknell and 2-1 to Lock Haven, as they fall to 1-5 on the year. 

“We plan to push the pace at practice this week," said head coach Jennifer Johnstone. "And revisit the foundation we set in the preseason with the style and speed of hockey we want to play."

Game one

Within five minutes Bucknell pulled ahead 1-0. During the first period, the Bison took six shots, while the Chippewas did not manage a shot in the first half. 

Bucknell added another goal and took a 2-0 lead into halftime. 

CMU started off hot in the third, as sophomore forward Heather Canavan scored a goal on a fast break, off an assist from sophomore forward Kate Biglin. 

Bucknell gained the momentum right back as it pushed the score to 4-1 entering the fourth period. 

The Chippewas tried rallying but it was too late as the Bison held on to win.

Game two

From the start, Lock Haven attacked CMU freshman goalkeeper Maja Halasz. However, Halasz recorded six saves in the period to hold the Bald Eagles scoreless. 

Carrying momentum, Chippewas offense recorded their first shot on a penalty corner. Freshman forward Amelia Lane deflected it in for a goal, to give CMU a 1-0 lead. 

At halftime, the Chippewas held the lead but had taken 15 fewer shots.

After the break, Halasz added two more saves to hold Lock Haven scoreless going into the fourth. 

During the fourth period, the wheels began to fall off for CMU as the Bald Eagles scored quickly to tie the game 1-1. 

Later in the period, Lock Haven snuck a second shot past Halasz, off a penalty corner to take the 2-1 lead. 

Halasz stopped 15 of the 17 shots on goal she faced. 

What's next

For the first time of the season, the Chippewas will play in Mount Pleasant on Friday at 2 p.m. as they kick off Mid-American Conference against Bellarmine.

“We have had a tough travel schedule to start our season," ” Johnstone said. "And are definitely looking forward to our home opener against Bellarmine Friday."