Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Senior captain Simone Lazar will look to lead the Chippewas to a pair of victories over Robert Morris and Saint Louis this week as the Maroon and Gold open the 2013 season.
Weekend Notes: Chippewas Open Season with Pair of Home Games
Live Stats Follow Field Hockey on Twitter LIKE Field Hockey on Facebook

CMU Set to Start 2013 vs. Robert Morris, St. Louis

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan field hockey team will start off the 2013 season facing Robert Morris on Friday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. and St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

"I'm excited for the opener," head coach Cristy Freese said. "Robert Morris going to be a quality opponent and one very similiar to what we will see in the Mid-American Conference this season. Saint Louis is very similiar in that they return a lot of starters. We are putting an experienced team out there ourselves, but we need to be on our game from the start."

• The Chippewas welcome back 15 letterwinners and seven starters, including All-MAC performers Simone Lazar, Jordyn Brengosz and Skylar VanNatta.  

• Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds will be making her first career start in the cage. Reynolds will be assisted by a Chippewas' defense that returns all four starters. 

• CMU was picked to finish third in the regular seasonin Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference preseason coaches’ poll. Miami and Ohio were picked to win the conference tournament with two votes each. The Chippewas and Kent State were tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the MAC Tournament with a pair of votes each. 

• CMU ended 2012 with a record 7-12, including a 3-3 mark MAC play. The Chippewas lost 3-2 to No. 2 seed Kent State in the semifinal game during the MAC Tournament.

• Robert Morris finished 5-13 in 2012, including a 2-5 in Northeast Conference play. In the upcoming season the Colonials bring back 18 letterwinners to the roster.

• St. Louis finished 1-19, including a 0-7 record in Atlantic 10 play. The Billikens have 14 letterwinners and seven starters returning for the 2013 season.

• CMU received academic honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) with the highest Division 1 grade point average in the country. A total of 21 Chippewas were recognized for their achievements.

• The Chippewas will travel next weekend to take on Delaware on Friday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. and Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. at Drexel University.

Tale of the Tape
 33  26  Goals 22
 1.74  1.44 GPG 1.10
2.32   2.61 GAAvg.  3.80
25  23  Assists 16
106 109 Corners 105
 2012 Statistics*
Players to Watch
#17 • Sr. •  Simone Lazar 
#7 • Sr. • Skylar VanNatta 
 #9 • Jr. • Cayleigh Immelman
  MAC Preseason Poll
  2012 Record 
Miami (2) 4-1 
Ohio (2) 2-3
Central Mich. (1) 3-2
Kent State (1) 4-1
Missouri State 2-3
Ball State 0-5

Tournament Champion
Central Michigan (2)
Kent State (2)
Miami (1)
Ohio (1)