(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – No one can say the Lake Erie men's lacrosse team plays an easy schedule as the Storm hosted No. 5 Mercy this afternoon at Jack Britt Memorials Stadium. Unfortunately for the Storm, they were on the short end of an 8-7 nail-biter in falling to their third top 12 team in the nation to start the season.
The Storm gave the Mavericks (7-0) all they could handle, however, as the game came down to the final seconds with Lake Erie looking for an equalizer. The Green and White were able to get off a few shots at the end, but the last one was saved with eight seconds left to secure the victory for the visitors.
As one might guess from the score, it was a close game throughout. Neither team held a lead of more than two goals. The first of those came in the first quarter as consecutive goals by Micah Daigle, Tim Bay, and Mack Fall put the hosts up 3-1. After the teams went into the halftime break tied 4-4, the Storm again went up by two with goals by Tommy Bischel and Kyle Barna.
It was at that time Mercy made its run with four-straight goals to take control of the game. The Mavericks' JoJo Janavey scored the first two before Ryan MacSpadyen added two more for an 8-6 lead with 3:43 to go. Blain Wallace took advantage of a Maverick penalty with a man-up goal with 2:05 left, but the Storm were unable to score the equalizer.
Ground balls were nearly even with Mercy holding a 25-23 advantage, but turnovers hurt the Storm by a 17-11 count. Lake Erie was also outshot 45-26.
Lake Erie will attempt to rebound as it hosts Young Harris this Tuesday. Face-off is scheduled for a noon start.