Photo by Jennifer Levine
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A buzzer-beater goal in lacrosse is a bit of a rarity. Scoring two of them would be like hitting the lottery. But Saturday was Lake Erie's lucky day as it overcame the odds to defeat Charleston in a nail-biter 12-11.
Riley Heffron provided the go-ahead goal on an assist from Meagan Maxwell that sent the Green and White faithful into jubilation as the Storm (1-1) came from four goals down to defeat the Golden Eagles (1-2). It was her fourth goal of the game and Maxwell's fifth point after she scored two goals and three assists.
It took every amount of courage for Lake Erie to come out on top as well. The Storm were without their top scorer Anna Spin for most of the game after she went out with a second yellow card in the middle of the first half. Despite that, she still had an impact on the game as she scored the first two goals of the game for the Storm.
The rally started with just over eight minutes left in the game when Heffron scored her second goal of the evening on the first of Maxwell's three assists to make the score 11-8. Just under two minutes later, Heffron found the back of the net again on a helper by Alexis Barrickman.
After Charleston came away with the ensuing draw control, Lake Erie's defense came up huge and forced a shot clock violation on the Golden Eagles. After a quick clear, Maxwell scored her second of the game. The game-tying goal came in similar fashion as the Eagles were forced into a turnover. Ireland Kennedy was able to pick up the ground ball and set up Maxwell on the clear who found Michelle Burke waiting in the wings just slightly behind the right side of the cage.
Charleston was able to get the draw control yet again and had a chance for its own heroics, but a free position shot went high and gave the Storm the final opportunity. The goal was Lake Erie's only lead of the game.
Chloe Nottingham was responsible for the goal at the end of the first half as she beat the horn to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Eagles heading into the break.
Not lost in the excellent game was the excellent play of goalie Harmony Moore. She evened her record with 10 saves on 34 shots faced.
With Tuesday's game at Slippery Rock now postponed until a later date, the Storm will be back at the Britt for a date with Northern Michigan on Thursday. Opening draw with the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m.