Storm Wins High-Scoring Affair in Home and Conference Debut

Storm Wins High-Scoring Affair in Home and Conference Debut

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie women's lacrosse team staked a 25-20 win over Queens College (N.Y.) in the first home and East Coast Conference match in school history on Saturday (March 27) afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Perry, Ohio. The win was Lake Erie's third straight.

 
Freshman attacker Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) set a season-high in the East Coast Conference with 10 points in the game, scoring six goals and adding a game-high four assists. Freshman midfielder Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) had seven goals to lead the Storm in that category. Freshman midfielder Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) also had six goals for Lake Erie.
 
Freshman keeper Brittanie Johnson (Hilliard, Ohio/Darby) made 16 saves, just one off the ECC high for the season.
 
The 45 goals scored in the game far exceed the previous season-high in the ECC (34), which was set in a game between Dominican and Queens.
 
The Storm (3-1, 1-0 ECC) fell behind early to the Knights (1-4, 0-1 ECC), who scored the first four goals of the game, all in the first three minutes. Lake Erie bounced back, though, scoring the next six goals to take a 6-4 lead.
 
Lake Erie made it 8-5 with goals by freshman attacker Kim Dang (Atlanta, Ga./Jackson) and Kudla. After Queens attacker Heather Rosen – who had a game-high eight goals – scored to cut the Lake Erie lead to two, the Storm rattled off five straight goals to take a 13-6 lead with 1:43 left in the first half.
 
But Queens stole the momentum heading into halftime, scoring the last two goals going into the intermission to cut the Storm lead to 13-8. Queens scored three of the first goals coming out of halftime, including two by Nicole Foy to make it 14-11.
 
Howe took over at that point, scoring three of her five second-half goals in a row to take a 17-11 lead. The teams alternated goals over the next 10 minutes and Lake Erie led 21-16 with 10 minutes to play.
 
Queens scored three straight goals to cut the Storm lead to 21-19, while fighting off Lake Erie's attempt to speed up the game in its own offensive end. But Lake Erie closed out the game in the last three minutes after Queens' Janine Guerra picked up a yellow card and the Storm scored a power-play goal to start a 4-1 run that ended the game.
 
The teams tied in shots at 43-43, but Lake Erie won the battle for possessions, controlling 27 of 47 faceoffs and picking up 11 groundballs compared to seven for the Knights.

The Storm will have 12 days off before returning to the pitch at Slippery Rock on April 8.