GREENSBURG, Pa.— The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team captured its second straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Sunday (May 3), defeating Lindenwood University 11-8.
After the Lions struck first, Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga) found Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to tie the game with five minutes to play in the first.
Minutes into the second quarter, Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored an unassisted goal to give the Storm a 2-1 edge. After the Lions pulled ahead 3-2, Mitchell Shafer scored his second goal, assisted by Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), to tie it up. After killing a penalty, Lucas Shafer scored his second and third goals of the game off a passes by Bishop to increase their lead to 5-3. After the Lions cut the lead to one, Lucas Shafer scored his fourth goal with just over a minute to play in the half. In the closing seconds of the half, Bishop scored his first goal off an assist from Lucas Shafer to give the Storm a 7-4 lead at the half.
The Lions cut the lead to one once again in the third, but Mitchell Shafer's third goal halted the run. Late in the third, the Lions added one more to bring the game within one.
Mitchell Shafer gave the Storm a two-goal lead early in the fourth off a pass from Black-Araujo. With just over five minutes to play, Lucas Shafer netted his fifth goal of the game, assisted by Bishop, to increase the Storm advantage to three. With a minute-and-a-half to play, Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scored off an assist from Mitchell Shafer to put the game out of reach for the Lions.
Lucas and Mitchell Shafer combined for nine goals and two assists. Bishop had one goal and four assists while Harding scored one.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win in net, making ten saves. Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) caused a team-high four turnovers while grabbing three groundballs. Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) caused three turnovers while collecting 10 groundballs. Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon) and Lucas Shafer had three groundballs apiece. Overall, the Storm defense caused 14 turnovers.
Lucas Shafer was named MVP of the ECAC Championships. Harding, Lucas and Mitchell Shafer, Goodwin and Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) were named to the All-Tournament Team.