PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Facing a team which won the national championship two of the past three seasons, Lake Erie College scored three straight fourth quarter goals to defeat No. 12 University of Long Island-C.W. Post, 8-7, at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.
It was the Storm's first East Coast Conference win of the season moving to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. It was Lake Erie's second win over a ranked opponent this season and in the program's history. The defending conference champion fell to 3-5 overall and 1-4 ECC.
C.W. Post got off to a hot start despite Lake Erie dominating possession in the early going and opened up a 3-0 lead at the 6:26 mark with a goal by Connor Mackay after two scores by Doug Hoch. Junior attacker Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y/Tully) got the Storm on the board with a goal at 4:38. French scored again just 10 seconds later when the Pioneers won the faceoff and turned the ball over to French deep in their own zone leaving an open goal which the junior converted.
In the second period, C.W. Post began settling into their offense and pushed its advantage to 5-2 on Hoch's third goal of the half at 6:37. Sophomore Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) closed out the first half scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:03.
Lake Erie cut the gap to one at 5-4 early in the third quarter as junior Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) scored on a feed from sophomore midfielder MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay) at 13:53. The Pioneers pushed their lead back to two but junior midfielder Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) score from 20 yards out to make the score 6-5. Eddie Plompen put C.W. Post ahead 7-5 entering the fourth quarter.
Lake Erie went on a three goal run in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead. Junior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) score from close range on a dish from French then it was Bal setting up sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) to tie the score at 7-7 with 11:15 to play. The Storm took their first advantage of the game at 9:15 when Johnston attacked from behind the goal and converted a diving attempt for a 8-7.
It was enough to last, as junior Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) made three saves in the fourth quarter, including two critical saves in the final minute to preserve the win, thwarting a good look by C.W. Post in the final five seconds.
For the game, Wisner made nine saves in the game for his second win of the season. It was a balanced score attack for the Storm with French the only player with multiple goals.
Lake Erie will look to pull off an even bigger upset on Wednesday when they travel to Erie, Pa. to take on top-ranked Mercyhurst College at 4:00 p.m.