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CMU Lacrosse Completes Season Sweep of Detroit, Secures Sara Tisdale's 100th Victory as Coach

Updated: May 30

It was cold, windy, and the clouds were threatening to sprinkle a mixture of snow or rain, but that didn't deter the Central Michigan Lacrosse team from setting out to complete their missions for the weekend: maintain second place in the MAC, secure a win on Senior Day, and earn Coach Sara Tisdale her 100th coaching victory.

Photo by Alex Scheer
SKYE DEPRADO (37) makes a pass against KAILEIGH NUESSGEN (28). Photo by Alex Scheer

The afternoon got off to a slow, cold start for both squads, with the Chippewas running out to a marginal 3-0 lead. Those three goals came from Audrey Whiteside (12:56), Kelly Hoyt (8:15), and Courtney Burke (5:07). Detroit finally got on the board at the 1:55 mark with a beautiful shot by Annie Gilbert, drawing within two of the Chippewas. Central Michigan responded with a shot by Hoyt with 34.8 seconds left in the first quarter. Time expired, and the Chips carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter.

Detroit wasted no time closing the gap to start the second quarter, with Taylor Cantelon winning draw control and cruising downfield to draw the Titans within two once more, making it 4-2 after just ten seconds of play. That was as close as Detroit would get the rest of the way, as CMU ripped off three straight goals from Maggie Diebold (14:37), Brennan Paddy (11:33), and Diebold again (11:22), before Detroit's Maddy Camm sniped a shot at the 10:07 mark. The Chippewas then went on another three-goal run, with goals from Hoyt (9:15), Diebold (5:12), and Whiteside (1:47) before Ella Brandt responded for the Titans at the 4:49 mark. Two more goals from the host team (Hoyt - 2:26, Whiteside - 1:46) swelled the lead to an eight-goal margin, making it 12-4 at the midway point.

The Titans kicked off scoring in the third quarter with a goal from Cat Kopchia at the 13:25 mark to bring Detroit within seven, before Whiteside (10:57) found the back of the net to send Central Michigan on another four-goal run to finish the third quarter (Hoyt - 8:20, Diebold - 6:27, Hannah Potter - 3:13). The hosting Chippewas led 16-5 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter proved similar to the first, sluggish on both sides of the ball. This time, the Titans outscored the Chippewas 4-2. Central Michigan scored the first two goals through Whiteside (10:57) and Hoyt (8:20), before a four-goal attack by Detroit, led by Kopchia (12:59 and 0:24, securing her fourth career hat trick) and Elise Harder (4:24, 3:06), finished the scoring for the day.

With the win, CMU moved to 7-6 (5-1 MAC), and Detroit lost their 11th game, dropping to 1-11 (1-6 MAC).

CMU Head Coach Sara Tisdale earned her 100th career victory on Senior Day, with CMU graduating 8 players this spring. When asked about what the 100th victory milestone meant to her, Tisdale thanked the families and players. "So many amazing families and so many great players have allowed me to get to this point...The amazing people that have said 'yes' to the same vision that I wanted them to invest in, it really means a lot. I think about every single one of those victories along the way and the people that made it possible."

UP NEXT: CMU plays at Kent State on 4/16 at 1 PM, while Detroit hosts Youngstown State on 4/16 at 1 PM.


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