(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - It was a big day for the Lake Erie women's lacrosse team as the Storm bounced back with a big 20-13 victory over Ohio Valley at Jack Britt Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (6-5, 3-1) were quick to start as an early 8-0 helped them take control against the Fighting Scots (5-6, 1-3) and never look back.
Following the game, Head Coach Mallory Ferrandiz's group signed their first big recruit for the Class of 2019 as Tabitha put ink on a National Letter of Intent thanks to Team Impact. The team joined Tabitha and her family at midfield following the game in which she was excited to make her membership of the Storm official.
The initial rally was sparked by Brigid Lempko on an assist from Meagan Maxwell as the Storm took advantage of an early OVU yellow card for a woman-up opportunity. The offense was by committee as Anna Spin, Chloe Nottingham, Maxwell, and Alexis Barrickman all added goals over the next 14 minutes to give Lake Erie the aforementioned commanding 9-1 lead.
The Fighting Scots didn't go away quietly and responded with four of the next five goals, but the Storm were still able to go into halftime with a 12-5 advantage.
The Storm carried momentum into the second with the first four goals to cap a 6-0 run to capture the largest lead of the day at 16-5 with 16 minutes left in regulation. The Scots once again attempted to rally the troops with another 3-0 run, but Lake Erie kept the threat-level at a minimum.
Spin had another huge game with six goals and two assists for eight points. Riley Heffron and Nottingham also found the back of the net often with four goals each. Maxwell served as the proverbial point guard on the attack with two goals and six assists.
On the defensive end, Heffron tallied four ground balls, caused three turnovers, and gave the Storm possession thrice more on draw control wins. Spin was also excellent off the start with six draw controls.
Ohio Valley was led by Kayla Stewart who registered nine points on three goals and six assists.
The Storm now hit the road for four of their final five games to complete the regular season. The first of those will come Tuesday as they make the trip to northwestern Pennsylvania to take on Edinboro. Opening draw is set for 7 p.m.