#3 Storm Tops #13 Mercyhurst, 9-7

Mitchell Safer (Courtesy of David Dorn)
Mitchell Safer (Courtesy of David Dorn)

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The third-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team defeated 13th-ranked Mercyhurst University 9-7 Wednesday (April 15) in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) play.

The win marks the first victory for the Storm over the Lakers in the program's history.

After the Lakers scored the opening goal, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) found Jacob Mitchell (York, Pa./Dallastown) to tie the game.  Minutes later, Bishop found Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to give the Storm the lead.  However, the Lakers scored two in the final five minutes to take a 3-2 lead into the second.

Mitchell Shafer tied it up with his second goal in the opening minutes of the year.  After the Lakers regained the lead, the Storm ended the half with three straight goals.  Mitchell found Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to tie the game.  Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) found Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) to give the Storm a one goal lead.  In the closing seconds, Lucas Shafer found Mitchell Shafer to give the Storm a 6-4 lead at the half.

The Lakers cut the lead to one with the first goal of the second half.  Harding netted his second goal to bring the lead back to two, but the Lakers scored the final two goals of the third quarter to tie the game heading into the final frame.

Six minutes into the fourth, Harding netted his third goal of the contest to give the Storm the lead once again.  Four minutes later, Mitchell Shafer scored his fourth goal to increase the Storm advantage to two.  Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) stood strong in net late in the game to seal the win for the Storm.

Mitchell Shafer led the Storm with four goals.  Harding added three.  Mitchell and Lucas Shafer had one apiece.  Bishop contributed two assists while Mitchell, Black-Araujo and Lucas Shafer had one each.

Lipomi picked up the win in net, making four saves.

Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) caused a team-high six turnovers while collecting seven groundballs.  Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) caused four turnovers while Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) caused three.  Alexander Corbett (Orchard Park, N.Y./Bishop Timon) had four groundballs while Connor Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian) had three, including one in the closing seconds.

The Storm is back in action Saturday (April 18) when they host Lindenwood University.

-LEC-