Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Coming into Thursday night’s game, the Central Michigan’s lacrosse team was looking to go 4-0 in its final games of the regular season.
With the best defensive performance of the season, some huge saves by Hope Murray, and a team that was hungry to win, an 11-10 overtime victory over Old Dominion is certainly a step in the right direction.
Natalie Karlen scored off a Jocelyn Lemay assist at the 2:02 mark of the extra session to lift the Chippewas to the dramatic win at the CMU Lacrosse-Soccer Complex. The Chippewas snapped a four-game losing streak in improving to 5-9, 2-5 ASUN. Old Dominion fell to 6-6, 2-3.
It was CMU’s first overtime game of the season.
“It wasn’t clean, it wasn’t easy,” CMU coach Sara Tisdale said. “With the overtime, you see that first draw (controlled by Old Dominion) and you almost hold your breath and think that the game (could be) over. For our girls to keep battling, keep fighting, and really earn that win really meant a lot to me. I’m very impressed.”
Central Michigan will look to keep the momentum going when it travels to Delaware State on Friday (5 p.m.), April 21. Delaware State is 1-6, 1-5. The Chippewas play at Howard on Sunday, then return home next week to face Detroit Mercy in their regular-season finale.
“We can’t change the past, we can’t change what happened with our other opponents in the ASUN,” Tisdale said. “We’re looking to go 4-0 here, so right now 1-0 is a pretty good place to start.”
A determined Chippewa defense controlled the pace of the game throughout much of the first half as CMU built a 4-0 lead. Old Dominion scored with under four minutes to play in the half, then scored again just 27 seconds into the second half to draw to 4-2.
“We knew it. We knew it was coming,” Tisdale said. “(Our team) acted really calm, collected, and didn’t make any unforced mistakes. For (Old Dominion) to come out and pressure us is exactly what we wanted because we’ve faced that so many times. It was nice to be able to answer and execute.”
The teams traded goals throughout the second half. Riley Huda scored with just over nine minutes to play in regulation to give the Chippewas a 10-7 lead. But the Monarchs scored three straight goals, the last with just over four minutes left, to draw even and set up the dramatic extra session.
Karlen, Lemay, Emma Hamilton and Huda each scored two goals for the Chippewas, while Tyra Prince, Shannon Doyle and Jessica Schuchardt had one each.
Murray made 11 saves, seven in the second half, in the cage for CMU. Old Dominion outshot the Chippewas, 23-10, in the second half and finished with a 34-23 edge in that category.
Connor Carson and Lauren Irvine had two goals each for Old Dominion.