PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team (1-0) opened the head coaching career of first-year leader Jillian Howley on a positive note with a 12-6 win over Colorado Mesa University (0-3) in a neutral site contest in St. Louis, Mo.
The Storm was led by the tandem of junior Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) and sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) with four goals each. Junior Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) added a pair of goals and sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) each scored in the season-opener.
Colorado Mesa, a first-year program, led the battle of shots, 28-21, but Lake Erie made its count.
Abu-Kwiek scored the opening goal of the game just 50 seconds into the contest and Mendoza put the Storm ahead 2-0 with her first of three first half goals. Colorado Mesa never led but tied the score twice, including at 4-4 with 7:54 to play in the half. A big sequence came in the last three minutes of the half as Kudla and Howe each scored to give the Storm a 6-4 edge at the break.
Lake Erie made it a six-goal run by scoring the first four of the second half to put the game away. Howe had the first goal of the half and then closed the run with an unassisted with 13:21 to play to go ahead 10-4 and put the Storm safely in front.
In goal for Lake Erie, sophomore Emily Rock impressed with 13 saves.
The Storm is in action in St. Louis again tomorrow as they face Lindenwood University at 1:00 p.m. local time.