Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Despite a powerful start, the Central Michigan lacrosse team fell to Jacksonville, 17-5, in an Atlantic Sun Conference matchup on Sunday at the Dolphins’ D.B. Milne Field.
The Chippewas are 4-9, 1-5 ASUN. Jacksonville remains undefeated in conference play at 8-4, 5-0 ASUN. CMU will look to break its four-game losing streak as they play host to Old Dominion (5-5, 1-2 ASUN) on Thursday (7 p.m.).
“Looking back on those first 10 minutes on how we opened up against Jacksonville will give us a boost,” CMU coach Sara Tisdale said. “Old Dominion plays a strong defense; it’s very unique. As long as we can continue to execute on the offensive end and value the ball I think we’ll have a good chance.”
Central Michigan recorded three straight goals by Tyra Prince, Jocelyne Lemay and Shannon Doyle to start the game. The Chippewa defense was able to hold off Jacksonville for more than 10 minutes, with Genie Santarpio putting the first point on the board for the Dolphins.
“We opened up really strong and confident,” Tisdale said. “We really stuck to our game plan. Now it’s looking to string together those consistent moments a little bit more.”
Lemay quickly responded to put CMU ahead 4-1, however Jacksonville would quickly make it a tie game and steal the lead. From there, the Dolphins didn’t look back. The Chippewas trailed 12-4 at halftime.
“We could’ve kept rolling,” said Tisdale. “We could have easily gotten up 5-1, 6-1 and kept rolling, but I think with this young program one thing we have to learn is small details really make a big difference in games like that.”
Hope Murray and Dominque Hamman split time in the cage for Central Michigan. Murray, who started, had six saves while Hamman recorded seven.
Lemay and Prince each had two goals for CMU, while Doyle had one goal and one assist. Jessica Schuchardt and Riley Huda had one assist apiece.
Jacksonville had 30 shots on goal against Central Michigan’s 10.
Ashtyn Hiron, Parker Day and Danielle Della Rocca scored three goals apiece for Jacksonville.