Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – In a game of runs, Detroit Mercy had the last big one.
The Titans scored four consecutive goals during a six-minute stretch in the second half Saturday in handing Central Michigan a 17-12 Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse loss at the CMU Lacrosse-Soccer Stadium.
The loss snapped CMU’s program-best three-game win streak as the Chippewas finished their second varsity season 7-10 overall, 4-6 ASUN.
“There was so much emotion in that game because it was very fresh in our mind from last year (13-8 loss) and it’s kind of a rivalry game, in-state rivals,” CMU coach Sara Tisdale said. “This hurts, it stings, and it should.”
Lexie Kinmond scored five goals and Kelsi Pritchard and Morgan Girardi had four each to lead Detroit Mercy (6-11, 4-6).
Jocelyne Lemay scored six goals to finish the season with a CMU program record 49, while Emma Hamilton added two goals. Riley Huda picked up five assists for the Chippewas, bringing her season total to 42, also a program record.
“I think there’s a lot to be proud of,” said Tisdale, whose roster is composed almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores. “I think the team continues to exceed most expectations. When I took this job I didn’t take it to have a losing season and not go to the (league) tournament. My expectation was to go year one and year two. I don’t think it was a bad season, I just think it could have been much, much better.”
The Chippewas finished with a 34-31 advantage in shots, a 25-21 edge in ground balls, and an 18-12 advantage in draw controls. Detroit Mercy goalie Allis McDonough made 14 saves.
CMU trailed, 7-5, at halftime, and the deficit swelled to 12-6 10 minutes into the second half. Two goals by Lemay and one each from Tyra Prince and Emma Hamilton drew the Chippewas to 12-10 midway through the second half.
But the Titans answered with four consecutive goals to re-extend their lead to six, 16-10.
“For our players, learning how to take those punches and give them, and the rise and fall of the game, is a tough lesson to learn,” Tisdale said, adding that when the Chippewas made their runs, it was due to “shot selection.
“When we choose the right shots it looks easy. A lot of our goals were well-crafted, disciplined goals. When we chose the right shot, it was so easy in the back of the net. It’s unfortunate there weren’t more moments of that.”
The Chippewas will move to the Southern Conference next season along with Detroit Mercy, Furman, Mercer and Delaware State, all of which are currently in the ASUN.
“We’re in a great position to not be losing anybody and to be returning our entire starting lineup, our entire bench, both goalies -- that’s a great place to be,” Tisdale said. “We know where we’re at, and we know exactly where we need to go.”