Harding Nets Five in Win Over Walsh

Reagan Harding (Photo by Baker Media Productions)
Reagan Harding (Photo by Baker Media Productions)

NORTH CANTON, Ohio— The third-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team concluded Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) play with a 13-6 win over Walsh University Friday (April 24) in North Canton.

The Storm will enter the ECAC tournament next weekend at Seton Hill University with the second-seed.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Storm got on the board first when Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) found the back of the net. Walsh answered the goal to tie the game at one going into the half.

 Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) scored off a pass by Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) to open the third.  Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) then found the back of the net off a pass from Alexander Mueser (Wexford, Pa./Vincentian Academy) to give the Storm a two-goal advantage.  After a Cavalier goal, the Storm netted three straight points.  Black-Araujo scored, followed by goals by Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) and Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) with assists by Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Ward respectively.

The Cavaliers cut the lead to two before the Storm offense caught fire.  Mitchell Shafer scored his second of the game, assisted by Harding, to extend the lead to three.  Harding then netted two straight off assists by Stokes and Ward before Black-Araujo netted his second.  A minute later, Harding found the back of the net for the fourth time. Stokes finished the run for the Storm with his second, assisted by Black-Araujo.  After the Cavaliers halted the run, Harding scored his fifth goal of the game.  The Cavaliers added a late goal but it was not enough to overcome the Storm advantage.

Harding led the Storm with five goals and one assist.  Black-Araujo, Stokes and Mitchell Shafer had one goal apiece.  Black-Araujo also had two assists.  Pelkey and Ward had one goal apiece.  Ward added two assists while Lucas Shafer and Stokes had one apiece.

Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net, making eight saves.  Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) led the Storm with seven groundballs.  Goodwin and Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) caused four turnovers apiece while Lucas Shafer had two.  Lucas Shafer and Bruening had three groundballs apiece.

The Storm is back in action Sunday (April 26) for a non-conference game at Queens University.

-LEC-