Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Cayleigh Immelman scored the Chippewas' opening goal in a 3-2 loss in the MAC Semifinals against Kent State on Friday.
CMU Eliminated in MAC Semifinals by Kent St., 3-2

OXFORD, Ohio - Despite taking an early lead and then battling back to a tie, the Central Michigan field hockey team fell to Kent State, 3-2, in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Semifinals Friday afternoon, ending their 2012 season.

The Chippewas (7-12) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and pulled into a 2-2 tie late in the match, but the Golden Flashes (9-12) were able to answer the Chippewas’ goals and advance to the MAC Tournament Championship Match against Miami (OH) Saturday.

Sophomore Cayleigh Immelman put the Chippewas on the board first with a goal off a breakaway in the ninth minute to give the Chippewas an early 1-0 lead. The goal was her third of the season.

The lead didn’t last long as Kent State’s Karleigh Carlin evened the match at a goal apiece one minute later in the 10th minute with a goal from the center of the circle, assisted by Rebecca Lee.

After neither team scored for nearly 20 minutes, the Golden Flashes took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Julia Hoffman off a penalty corner, again assisted by Lee. Kent State held a 11-4 penalty corner advantage in the match.

Junior midfielder Erica Garwood scored the equalizer for the Chippewas in the 40th minute to tie the match, 2-2. A great pass from junior forward Bailey McKeon put Garwood in position to find the back of the cage and tie the match. The goal was Garwood’s fifth of the season, and the assist gave McKeon the overall points lead on the team with 18. She has seven goals and four assists.

Senior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto made a trio of saves in the following two minutes to preserve the tie, including an initial shot and its resulting rebound off a penalty corner. She made eight saves in the match.

Kent State regained the lead, 3-2, in the 60th minute on Hoffman’s second goal of the match, assisted by Lee for the third time.

The Chippewas attempted to quickly tie the match with three shots and a penalty corner in the following two minutes, but could not find the back of the cage.

Kent State outshot CMU, 11-4, in shots on goal and 18-10 in total shots. Garwood, Immelman, McKeon and senior Erin Dye each recorded shots on goal for CMU.