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Central Michigan tops Butler in home opener
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 02/28/2018
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Emma Hamilton and Jocelyne Lemay each scored four goals to lead the Central Michigan women's lacrosse team to a 19-9 win over Butler in the Chippewas' home opener on Wednesday at the CMU Lacrosse Complex. 

The Chippewas are 2-2 and are scheduled to go to Cincinnati (3-1) for a nonconference game on Friday (3 p.m.). CMU will play the first of seven consecutive home games beginning on March 11 against Michigan (2-3). 

Butler put the first goal on the board just under five minutes in to the game, but Central Michigan responded with four consecutive goals to take the lead for good. The Chippewas led, 11-4, at halftime. 

Hannah Potter and Natalie Karlen each added a hat trick for CMU. Hamilton had a team-high three assists. 

Jessica Schuchardt tallied six assists for Central Michigan, which tied her career-high. The sophomore was one short of tying the program record of seven.

The 19 goals tied for the third most in program history. CMU also scored 19 at Howard on April 23, 2017; and at home against Delaware State on March 11, 2016.

Hope Murray started in goal and made seven saves for CMU. 

The Chippewas outshot the Bulldogs, 27-21.

Haley Hallenbeck had a team-high three goals for Butler. She also led in assists with two.

COACH Sara Tisdale:
"Our team prepared well. When we're mentally engaged, that's when we're playing at our best. Our players recognized that they need to put in extra." 

"It came down to preparation. The players were buying in and were being compelled, not just committed. That's a big focus for us this year - asking them to take ownership."

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