No. 4 Storm Upsets No. 1 Limestone 14-12

Mitchell Shafer (Courtesy of David Dorn)
Mitchell Shafer (Courtesy of David Dorn)

GAFFNEY, S.C.—The fourth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team held on against top-ranked Limestone College to upset the Saints 14-12 Saturday (March 21) on the road.

The loss snapped the defending national champion's 23 game winning streak.

The Storm got off to a hot start, with Courtland Black-Araujo (Browmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) scoring back-to-back goals to give the Storm a 2-0 lead.  Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) increased the lead to three before the Saints cut it to two going into the second quarter. 

Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) brought the score to 4-1 with a man-up goal, assisted by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), to start the second.  Thirty seconds later, Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored on a man-up opportunity- also assisted by Mitchell Safer- to give the Storm a four goal edge.  After Limestone scored to cut the lead to three, the Storm rattled off three straight goals from Lucas Shafer, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg)- assisted by Mitchell Shafer- and Harding to give the Storm a six goal lead.  Harding scored his third goal of the game sandwiched between a pair of Limestone goals with less than five minutes to go in the opening half.  Mitchell Shafer scored his first goal of the game with a minute-and-a-half to go.  As the clock ran out in the opening half, Jacob Mitchell (York, Pa./Dallastown) scored off a pass by Bishop to give the Storm an 11-4 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Saints took over, scoring seven unanswered goals to tie the game heading into the final frame.

Lucas Shafer scored his third goal of the game two minutes into the quarter to give the Storm the lead back, 12-11.  Seven minutes went by before Limestone tied the game with six-and-a-half minutes to play.  Less than a minute after the Saints tied the game, Austin Bishop scored- assisted by Lucas Shafer- to give the Storm a one goal lead.  One minute later, Mitchell Shafer scored to increase the Storm advantage to two with five minutes to play.

The Storm defense took over the final five minutes of the game to seal the upset victory for the Storm.

Mitchell Shafer led the Storm with six points on two goals, four assists.  Lucas Shafer had five points on three goals and two assists.  Harding had three goals.  Bishop also had three points on two goals, one assist.  Black-Araujo had two goals while Mitchell and Pelkey had one.

Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net to improve to 5-0 on the season.  He made 13 saves while picking up four ground balls and causing two turnovers.  Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) caused three turnovers and grabbed three groundballs.  Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) also caused three turnovers while Mitch Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) caused two. 

The Storm is back in action March 26 to open Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) play against Ohio Valley University.

-LEC-