PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The 11th-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team saw an offensive barrage that led them to a 22-13 win over Wheeling Jesuit University in ECAC action Sunday (May 1).
The win clinched the second seed for the Storm in the ECAC Championships next weekend.
The Storm got on the board first. Just over two minutes in, Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) scored unassisted. Two minutes later, the Cardinals answered with a man-up goal. The Storm responded with two straight goals. The first came by Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga) off a pass by Tim Bay (Canadaigua, N.Y./Canadaigua) in a man-up situation. Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) followed up with a goal assisted by Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont./Waterdown District/Pfieffer). After a Wheeling goal, Renaud scored off an assist by Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon St. Jude). Once again, the Cardinals scored to bring the game within one but Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored unassisted to give the Storm a two goal lead.
The back-and-forth first quarter continued as the Cardinals scored two straight to tie the game at five. In the final 65 seconds, the Storm scored two goals to a take a 7-5 lead in to the second. Lucas Shafer scored the first goal assisted by Mitchell Shafer while Black-Araujo scored the second, assisted by Renaud.
Bay scored his first goal of the season to open the second quarter and extend the lead to three. After a Cardinal goal, Lucas Shafer and Black-Araujo scored back-to-back goals within 90 seconds. The Cardinals scored two straight goals to bring the score within two at 10-8.
The Storm offense caught fire in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the half, netting three goals. Renaud, assisted by Lucas Shafer, scored on a man-up situation. Twenty-five seconds later, Lucas Shafer scored off an assist from Mitchell Shafer. Black-Araujo concluded the Storm scoring in the half off an assist from Renaud to give them a 13-8 save heading into the locker room.
The third quarter started with three straight goals by the Storm. Black-Araujo scored the first, followed by one from Lucas Shafer. Stokes scored the third goal, assisted by Black-Araujo. The Cardinals answered with three straight goals of their own to close out the quarter.
Black-Araujo scored the first goal of the fourth to extend the lead to 17-11. After a Cardinal goal, the Storm rattled off four straight goals. Renaud scored two of them while Black-Araujo and Mitchell Shafer scored the other two. John Kezerian (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) assisted Renaud's second. After a Cardinals goal, the Storm ended the scoring with a transition goal by Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) from Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto).
Black-Araujo led the Storm with seven goals and one assist. Lucas Shafer scored five and assisted on two more. Renaud had six points on four goals and two assists. Mitchell Shafer netted two and assisted on one more while Stokes had two goals. Bay and Bruening rounded out the goals for the Storm while Donohue, Kezerian and Smoot had assists.
Bret Swan (Acton, Ont./Halton Hills) led the Storm with eight groundballs. Donohue had four while Smoot and Lucas Shafer had three apiece. Smoot had a team-high two caused turnovers.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win in net, making seven saves.
The Storm is back in action next Friday (May 6) against Lindenwood University in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, hosted by Mercyhurst University.