PREVIEW: Colonials look to decentralize Central Michigan in MAC showdown

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Women’s lacrosse takes on Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. Photo Credit: Nathan Breisinger

By Colby Sherwin, Contributor

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.– The women’s lacrosse team is taking on Central Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday as their last game was postponed. After a 15-4 shellacking of Akron, the Colonials look to continue one of their best starts in program history. Central Michigan (4-4, 2-0) is looking to have some identity as they are .500 on the year and they come into this one after a blowout of Youngstown State 17-4.

Recapping the Colonials

The Colonials come into this one with a 6-2 record overall and 2-0 in the MAC. Their last game against Detroit Mercy was canceled due to COVID-19. The two best wins of the season were crushing Akron and a 16-10 victory over Butler. The Colonials come into this one ranked top 40 in draw-control percentage, giving the Colonials possession most of the time.

Scouting the Chippewas

The Chippewas come into this one with no real identity. They are having trouble finding who they are. Sometimes, they have strong performances, with their best win being a 12-11 overtime win over Oregon; as well as losing by only three to no. 19 Louisville. At their worst, they look lost, not knowing what to do on the field in a 15-4 loss at the hands of Marquette. If they can turn it around, they could pull off some big wins later in the year.

Players to Watch

Mackenzie Gandy (RMU) – The all-time points leader in program history is off to another great start. With 30 points on the year, she leads the team in points. There is doubt that she is going to continue to keep it going, but she is going to help the Colonials in this one.

Colleen Tifft (RMU) – Tifft is off to a good start with nine points on the year as she has been big for the team. Tifft has set her teammates up for some good shots, as evidence by her six assists on the year. If she continues this, the Chippewas could be in trouble.

Natalie Karlen (CMU) – Karlen has been off to an amazing start for the Chippewas as she leads the team with 31 points. The best part of her game is that she can score. She can score goals with ease as she has scored 24 goals.

Tyra Prince (CMU) – Prince has put up some good stats on the campaign, and with 16 points, she is second on the team. Like Karlen, the strong part of her game is scoring. She has 15 goals for the year. If Prince gets going in this one, she could get the Chippewas the win in this one.

Prediction

I feel the Colonials will be too much for the Chippewas, their scoring power will be the reason they take this one. RMU will win this one 17-14.