PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The top-ranked Lake Erie College lacrosse team faced a tough test against ninth-ranked University of Tampa Wednesday (April 1) but the Storm came out on top, 13-7.
Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored the first goal of the game, less than one minute in. After the Spartans tied it, Shafer scored his second goal, assisted by Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary). Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scored the Storm's third goal off a pass by Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). Tampa cut the Storm lead to one but Harding and Bishop hooked up for their second goal to give the Storm a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.
The Storm scored three straight goals to open the second quarter. Harding scored the first, followed by a pair from Bishop with assists from Shafer and Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC). After the Spartans stifled the Storm run, Stokes scored for the Storm. The Spartans added a late goal to cut the deficit to four at the half.
Tampa scored early in the third to cut the lead to three. After a scoreless nine minute stretch, Shafer scored his third goal of the game to bring the Storm lead back to four. The Spartans answered with another goal to cut the lead to three heading into the final frame.
Shafer scored his fourth goal of the game, assisted by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to bring the advantage back to four. Minutes later, Black-Araujo scored his first goal of a pass by Bishop, followed by a long Harding goal to push the lead to 12-6. After a Tampa goal, Black-Araujo scored his second to seal the Storm win, 13-7.
Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net, making a season-high 16 saves.
Lucas Shafer led the Storm with five points on four goals, one assist. Harding also netted four goals. Bishop scored two while assisting on three more Black-Araujo had three points on two goals, one assist while Black had three points on one goal, two assists. Mitchell Shafer added an assist.
Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) and Lucas Shafer had four ground balls apiece. Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon) caused four turnovers. Overall, the Storm caused 12 turnovers.
The Storm is back in action Saturday (April 4) for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) game against Wheeling Jesuit University.