MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Amanda Steinmuller scored twice and Gardner-Webb had five different goal scorers Tuesday afternoon, but fell to Central Michigan, 18-6, in cold and windy conditions.
Temperature at game time was a brisk 21 degrees in Mount Pleasant, with wind chill pushing the feel down to a crisp eight degrees.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-8) fell behind 9-0 early, before Steinmuller broke up the shutout with a goal at the 16:57 mark. It was her 23rd of the season. The Chippewas (2-4) pushed the lead to 10-1 late in the half (26:02) on a goal by Jocelyne Lemay – but freshman Janice Donaldson got free for a goal just 32 seconds before the half to trim the lead to 10-2 by the break.
A quick flurry by the Chippewas in the second half's first 90 seconds pushed the lead to 13-2, before Steinmuller answered again with just over 18 minutes remaining.
The lead would remain in double figures the rest of the way, as Central Michigan took the win.
Melan White subbed into the cage early in the game and finished with 11 saves.
Gardner-Webb finished with 12 shots as a team and finished with 16 ground balls. Hanscom had three ground balls to lead the way.
Central Michigan got off 41 shots in the game, with 27 coming in the decisive first half. The Chippewas finished with 15 ground balls and assisted on 12 of their 18 goals scored.
Shannon Doyle led the way with five goals and Lemay added four. Riley Huda fed her teammates with a game-high five assists.
Gardner-Webb will stay on the road for the week, traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio, to take on the Bearcats Friday afternoon (March 17). First draw is set for 5:00 pm.