Storm Stays Close but Can't Hold Off Mercy Comeback

Meredith Howe
Meredith Howe

Sophomore Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) scored in flurries with five goals in total but Lake Erie College (2-11, 0-5 ECC) let a two goal  lead past the midway point of the second half slip away in a 17-11 loss to Mercy College (8-6, 4-3 ECC).

In addition to Howe, freshman Ashriel West (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) scored three goals and sophomore Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) scored two goals and had a pair of assists. 

The game started off with a flurry of activity as each team scored three goals in the first six minutes of the game.  The pace then settled down but neither team did as it was a back-and-forth battle with neither team leading by more than a goal in the half.  A big stretch of defense by Lake Erie over the final six minutes of the half allowed the Storm to grab the lead just before the break when Howe scored with six seconds to play, her fourth goal of the half. 

The Green and White defense stayed strong to start the second half not allowing a goal for the first 6:40 of the second half.  In the mean time, West scored off an assist from sophomore Allison Trombetti (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) to give Lake Erie the first two-goal lead on either side, 8-6, with 28:44 to play.  The teams would trade the next four goals with West scoring again with 12:28 to play on a feed from sophomore Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, NY), one of her three assists in the game,  to put Lake Erie ahead, 10-8.  At that point, the game  turned as Mercy went on a scoring flurry, scoring six goals over the next 6:34, to take a 14-10 advantage and put the game away.   The Mavericks extended that run to seven straight goals before Kudla ended it with 3:01 to play but it was too late for the Storm as two more Mercy goals sent Lake Erie to its eighth straight loss. 

It was a fairly evenly matched game in all statistical categories with Lake Erie taking 33 shots while Mercy attempted 38.

The Storm is in action next tomorrow (Sunday, May 1) as they wrap up their home schedule with an ECC contest against Molloy College at 11 a.m.