(TIFFIN, Ohio) - Lake Erie's title defense came to an end as it fell to top-seeded Tiffin 11-8 in the first G-MAC Tournament semifinal on Thursday morning. The fourth-seeded Storm (7-10) had the Dragons (12-6) on the ropes with an upset on their mind, but the Dragons were able to pull away and keep Lake Erie at arm's length.
Anna Spin helps sparked the offense and tie the game with the first four goals for the Storm as the visitors came back from an early three-goal deficit. The fourth was assisted by Meagan Maxwell just under the 10 minute mark in the first half. A yellow card on Tiffin then gave the Storm a woman-up opportunity, and Sydney Garlitz was able to take advantage and send Lake Erie into halftime up 5-4.
The Dragons started the second half much like the first with the first three goals of the period before Spin scored her fifth of the game and Maxwell added her first to tie the game back up at 7-7 with 12:06 to play.
However Tiffin's own offensive juggernaut Maddy Batley kept the Dragons in control as she scored her fifth and sixth goals in the contest.
Riley Heffron eventually put Lake Erie back on the board with 2:11 left, but time ran out on the Storm.
Harmony Moore did well to keep Lake Erie in the game with 11 saves on a total of 41 shots faced. Defensively the Storm was a brick wall on free position shots as Tiffin converted only 3-of-16 attempts.
Ground balls were nearly even with Tiffin holding a 13-9 advantage with draw controls nearly the same favoring the Dragons by a 13-8 margin.