Storm Rallies to Overcome Mount Olive in Triple OT

Nicholas Simonetti (Courtesy of David Dorn)
Nicholas Simonetti (Courtesy of David Dorn)

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C.— The fifth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to head into overtime against 12th-ranked University of Mount Olive Wednesday (March 11) in North Carolina.

It took three overtime sessions but Lucas Shafer (Hambug, N.Y./Hamburg) found the back the net to complete the Storm rally and give them a 10-9 win.

The Trojans came out strong, outscoring the Storm 3-0 in the opening quarter.  Early in the second quarter, Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) found Matthew Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) to put the Storm the scoreboard.  After the Trojans netted two more, Liam Smith (Webster, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) scored in transition to cut the deficit to three at the half.

The Trojans scored the first goal of the second half before Shafer scored for the Storm to bring the lead back down to three.  Several minutes later, Shafer scored his second goal of the quarter to cut the lead to two but Mount Olive added one late in the third to take a three goal lead into the final frame.

After a Trojans goal increased their lead to four once again, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) found the back of the net in transition with less than 10 minutes to play.  Minutes later, Bishop drove around the crease and netted his second goal of the quarter to cut the lead to two.  The Trojans increased the lead to three but Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) scored quickly on a face off to cut the lead to two with just over two minutes to play.  After a Trojan penalty on the ensuing face off, Shafer scored his third goal of the game to bring the Storm within one.  Once again, the Trojans committed a penalty on the face off. This time, Black-Araujo, assisted by Shafer, capitalized on the man-up opportunity to tie the game.  The Trojans had a man-up opportunity in the final 10 seconds of play but Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) made a huge stop as time expired to send the game into overtime. 

The Storm staved off two extra man-up opportunities in the first overtime session to send it into a second overtime period.  The Storm defense, led by Simonetti, continued to prosper, holding Mount Olive off the board as the game went into a third overtime session. 

The Storm had a man-up opportunity in the third session but was unable to capitalize on the advantage.  Following the man-up opportunity, Shafer took the ball from behind the net, drove high and found the back of the net through traffic to give the Storm the come-from-behind victory.

Shafer finished the game with six points, four goals and two assists.  Bishop had two goals and an assist.  Black-Araujo had a goal and an assist.  Smith, Goodwin, Redmond and Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y/Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) had a point apiece.

Simonetti made nine saves in net to pick up the win. 

Goodwin had eight ground balls as the Storm outgained the Trojans in the category 34-21.  Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) and Bishop had three groundballs apiece.

The Storm dominated the faceoff circle, winning 17-of-24.  Harding led the Storm, going 13-of-15 on face offs.    The Storm was also perfect on clears, nine-for-nine.

The trip to North Carolina continues for the Storm on Friday when they visit 14th-ranked Belmont Abbey College.

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