PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie announced its 2014 football schedule on Monday. The Storm will kick off their fall slate with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Ashland on Sept. 6.
The Storm's 2014 schedule will include five home games and six road games. LEC's home opener will be on Sept. 13 against Hillsdale (Mich.). The 11-game schedule will include 10 GLIAC games. Game times will be released at a later date.
"Our GLIAC schedule is such a good one," said Head Coach Mark McNellie. "We'll see three  national tournament qualifiers, and the depth of the league gives us a great challenge each and every week to begin with."
The GLIAC has produced eight NCAA-II final-four teams and numerous NFL draftees since 2001. Lake Erie will see some of its toughest league competition on the road in 2014. The Storm's five in-circuit road foes went a combined 33-24 (.579) in 2013. Those road foes include Grand Valley State (Mich.) which went 12-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals. Lake Erie will be at Grand Valley on Sept. 27.
After the road tilts at Ashland and GVSU, Lake Erie will also be at Notre Dame (Ohio), Malone, Ferris State (Mich.) and Michigan Tech. LEC's home games will be against Hillsdale, Walsh, Ohio Dominican, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Wayne State (Mich.).
Lake Erie's lone non-conference game – on Oct. 11 -- will continue a cross-town series with Notre Dame, which is in South Euclid, Ohio.
"We are also pleased to announce that our fans will not have far to travel to watch the Storm in our lone non-conference tilt at Notre Dame College," said Lake Erie Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri. "The conference landscape of Division II is ever-changing, so it is nice that we are able to continue this cross-town series with NDC despite their move to the Mountain East [Conference]."
The Storm are 2-0 against NDC, having downed the Falcons, 38-35, in 2012 and 48-21 in 2013. Lake Erie piled up 687 yards in the 2013 meeting, and that marked just one of a half-dozen games that saw a high-octane Lake Erie offense collect in excess of 600 total yards. The Storm finished the season ranked second in the nation in total yards, averaging 551.4 yards per contest.
"We're very excited about the group we have coming back," said McNellie. "And this schedule will give returnees and newcomers alike the opportunity to perform in some great match-ups."
|Sept. 6||at Ashland|
|Sept. 13||HILLSDALE (Mich.)|
|Sept. 27||at Grand Valley State (Mich.)|
|Oct. 4||OHIO DOMINICAN|
|Oct. 11||at Notre Dame (Ohio)*|
|Oct. 18||SAGINAW VALLEY STATE (Mich.)|
|Oct. 25||at Malone|
|Nov. 1||at Ferris State (Mich.)|
|Nov. 8||WAYNE STATE (Mich.)|
|Nov. 15||at Michigan Tech|
HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS
* non-conference game
Game times to be announced at a later date.
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