PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The #19 Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team ended the 2017 regular season with a Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) matchup against the eighth-ranked Mercyhurst University Lakers on Saturday (April 29) afternoon.
The Storm fell to the Lakers 7-4 in the regular season finale.
Mercyhurst scored first with a goal two minutes in. Seven minutes later, the Lakers added a second goal. With under three minutes left in the first quarter, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) cut the lead in half with a goal on an assist from Tim Bay (Canadaigua, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy).
Six minutes into the second quarter, Mercyhurst pushed the lead to 3-1 with a goal. Five minutes later, Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont. / Waterdown District / Pfeiffer) pulled the Storm within one with a goal. Mercyhurst held a 3-2 lead at the half.
The Lakers scored the first two goals of the second half in a ten minute span. With two minutes remaining, Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C. / New Westminster Secondary) found the back of the net off an assist by Nicholas Tschetter (Hilton, N.Y. / Aquanis Institute) in a man-up opportunity. Mercyhurst regained a three goal advantage with a score one minute later. The Lakers led 6-3 after three quarters.
T. Bay got a feed from Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y. / Bishop Timon St. Jude) two minutes into the fourth quarter as T. Bay scored. Lake Erie slimmed the lead to 6-4 before the Lakers scored a goal seven minutes later. The Lakers defeated the Storm 7-4.
Four different players (Bishop, Stokes, Renaud and T. Bay) scored a goal for the Storm in the game. T. Bay had a goal and an assist along with a groundball.
Alex Corbett (Orchard Park, N.Y. / Bishop Timon) led the Storm with four groundballs and Tyler Manning (Hamburg, N.Y. / Bishop Timon St. Jude) grabbed two groundballs. Bret Swan (Acton City, Ont. / Halton Hills) won nine-of-15 faceoffs he participated in. Reed Hnidy (Saskatoon, Sask. / Genesee CC) had two caused turnovers in the game.
The Storm will be back in action on Thursday (May 4) as the #2 seed for the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.