Harding Nets Five as Storm Defeats Roberts Wesleyan, 14-6

Photo Courtesy of One Sweet Move
Photo Courtesy of One Sweet Move

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The eighth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team opened the season with a 14-6 victory over Roberts Wesleyan College Wednesday (Feb. 25) in the frozen tundra of Painesville. 

The win is the first in the career of Head Coach Steve Gartelman, who took over the program last summer.

The Redhawks struck first, taking a 1-0 lead four minutes in.  The Storm responded by scoring the next four.  Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scored the first two goals for the Storm.  Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored goal number three for the Storm, assisted by Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg).  Bishop scored the fourth goal.  After Roberts Wesleyan cut the lead to two, Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) scored back-to-back goals, the second assisted by Alexander Mueser (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian Academy).  The half ended with the teams scoring a pair of goals each.  Harding had both goals for the Storm, with Shafer assisting on one of them.

Bishop opened the second half with two straight goals.  Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) assisted on the second.  Lucas Shafer picked up his second goal of the game- assisted by Bishop- late in the third quarter.  Mueser scored his first goal of the game to open the fourth, with Lucas Shafer picking up his second assist.  After the Redhawks scored their first goal of the second half, Courtland Black-Araujo (Brownmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) scored his first goal, assisted by Pelkey.  Harding scored his fifth goal of the game with less than five minutes to play to close out the scoring for the Storm.  The Redhawks added a late man-up goal but it was not enough to overcome the Storm lead.

Harding ended the game with five goals and three ground balls.  He went three-of-six on face-offs.  Bishop scored three goals with two assists in addition to three groundballs.  Lucas Shafer scored two goals and had two assists in his first collegiate game.  Pelkey set a career-high with three points on two goals, one assist.  Mueser had two points while Black-Araujo and Mitchell Shafer had one point apiece.

Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) was a defensive force, causing six turnovers and collecting nine groundballs.  Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net, making three saves.  Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Dylan Dix also saw time in net.

The Storm outshot the Redhawks 37-29 and had a 29-22 advantage in groundballs. 

Up next for the Storm is a showdown against second-ranked LeMoyne College Saturday (Feb. 28).

-LEC-