(ELKINS, W.Va.) - A second half barrage helped Lake Erie take down Davis & Elkins by a score of 19-8 in its G-MAC opener on Friday evening. The Storm (4-4, 1-0) were tied with the Senators (7-3, 0-1) 6-6 at halftime before scoring 12 consecutive goals to take control and close the game.
Early on it was the Senators who had momentum as they jumped out to leads of 3-1 and 5-3 before the Green and White were able to bounce back with three of the final four goals in the last six minutes of the first half.
In the second, Davis & Elkins used a penalty to score a pair of goals for an 8-7 lead in the first four minutes, but the rest of the game was dominated by the Storm. Chloe Nottingham scored one of her career-best seven goals despite being a woman down to tie the game at 8-8. She then assisted Riley Heffron less than 30 seconds later to give Lake Erie the lead.
Nottingham was exceptional off the start as well as she helped give the Storm possession with seven draw controls on the evening.
While the offense was clamping down on the Senators, so was the defense as it yielded just nine shots the rest of the way and zero in the final 14 minutes of action.
When the Senators did get a shot off, goalkeeper Harmony Moore was there to stop the majority of them that were on target with 11 saves. Six of them were on free-position attempts on 12 shots from the eight-meter mark.
Overall Lake Erie outshot Davis & Elkins 39-23. Also aiding the offensive attack was Heffron and Meagan Maxwell. Both players totaled three goals and an assist.
Lake Erie will look to make it a perfect weekend in the Mountain State with a Sunday matinee at Alderson Broaddus. The opening draw will take place on Sunday from Philippi.