PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie rifled 57 shots, and 20 of those found nylon, as the Storm opened home play with a 20-3 victory over Ohio Valley (W. Va.) on Wednesday afternoon.
The Storm (1-3) scored eight seconds into the game and went wire-to-wire in what marked LEC's third win against the Fighting Scots (1-9) in as many years. The home side scored 10 first-quarter goals en route to scoring Lake Erie's most goals in a single game since April 25, 2013. LEC flirted with a shutout until the second minute of the fourth quarter.
Wednesday's contest marked Lake Erie's first East Coast Athletic Conference game of the season.
Mitchell Shafer potted a goal – his third of the season -- at 14:52, and that started the scoring in the chilly, cloud-covered afternoon affair at Jack Britt Stadium. Shafer would score again at 9:09 in the first, and those two goals were split by a pair of Robert Pelkey scores. Four Storm players – Shafer, Pelkey, Trevor Tarte, Austin Bishop – scored multiple goals in a first period that saw Lake Erie outscore Ohio Valley, 10-0.
LEC rattled off 25 shots in that first frame. The Green & White would outshoot the visitors, 31-2, in the first half. Lake Erie built its lead up to 13-0 by halftime, going 10-of-13 on face-offs and forcing 11 OVU turnovers.
The Storm blanked the Fighting Scots, 3-0, in the third quarter. Lake Erie traded three goals for four in the final period.
LEC finished with 57 shots, 39 of which were on goal. Both figures are new program highs.
Midfielder Rashad Brown was credited with seven ground balls in the game. Fellow midfielder Ryan Jurek stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Nicholas Simonetti (30 minutes, two saves) and Tom Lipomi (30 minutes, four saves) split time between the pipes for Lake Erie. OVU's 14 shots marked the fewest yielded by LEC in a game since April 2 of last season, a stretch of 15 games.
Wednesday's contest marked the first of three straight home games for the Green & White. That home stand will continue on Saturday when the Storm host Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) in 1 p.m. tilt at Britt Stadium.
Notes: Wednesday's game marked the first of four home games for Lake Erie this season. The Storm went 3-3 at home last season. …Freshman attackman Austin Bishop's four goals mark a season-high. The Hamburg, N.Y., native has scored a goal in each game this season; he has tallied seven goals and 12 ground balls in his first four collegiate games. .. In three all-time games against Ohio Valley (2012-14), the Storm have outscored the Fighting Scots, 58-7. … Lake Erie's only shutout in program history was recorded on March 10, 2013. LEC downed Lees-McRae (N.C.), 23-0, in that contest.