PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team built an eight goal lead early in the second half, but had to withstand a furious rally by visiting Colorado Mesa University on Sunday (March 11) before holding on for a 20-18 win in the team's home opener at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
After the Mavericks (1-4) jumped out to any early 3-0 lead, Lake Erie (2-1) battled back to tie the contest at 6-6 10 minutes into the game. With the game tied at 8-8, the Storm scored four times, including a pair of goals by junior Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt), to take a 12-8 lead.
After Keri Kopchik scored for Colorado Mesa to break the streak, Lake Erie closed out the first half with another 4-0 run, with junior Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) scoring twice during the stretch, and took a 16-9 lead into halftime.
Howe scored early in the second to give the Storm a 17-9 edge with 28:35 to go, but then the visitors mounted a comeback. Four different players scored as the Mavericks closed within 17-13. Howe scored to stop the momentum, briefly, but Rachel Sutton scored three straight goals and Tayler Landsdown added another to make it 18-17.
Howe then took a feed from freshman Hana Abukwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) and buried it into the back of the net to push the margin back to two goals. Lansdown scored for the Mavs with 4:05 to play, but sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) scored a man-up goal with 2:50 to play to ice it.
Howe finished with six goals to lead the Storm while Kudla had four goals and three assists for a seven-point day. Sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) and Abukwiek each scored three times and combined for five assists.
Sutton, Amanda Simon and Allie Henderson each scored four goals for the Mavericks, while Lansdown finished with three goals and an assist.
The Storm is on the road for their next two games, starting Wednesday, March 14, at Wheeling Jesuit University.