Storm Hold On Late to Beat Colorado Mesa 14-13

Ashriel West

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team staved off a late rally from host Colorado Mesa State University to pick-up the 14-13 win on the road. 

After a quick Colorado Mesa (1-3) goal, the Storm (2-0) offense rattled off four straight goals, coming from Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn), Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange), Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) to take a 4-1 lead. The Mavericks fought back and tied the game at four before the Storm scored four of the next five goals to close out the half. West and Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) picked up two goals apiece during that stretch with Kudla's second beating the halftime buzzer to give the Storm a 9-6 halftime lead.

The Storm momentum carried over to the second half with Howe scoring two goals to open the half to increase the Storm lead to 11-6. Colorado Mesa answered with a goal to cut the lead to 11-7 before the Storm scored three of the next four goals to increase their lead to 14-7 with 13 minutes left to play.

Trailing 14-9 with just over eight minutes to play, Colorado Mesa mounted a comeback. The Mavericks scored three goals over a stretch of 1:09 to cut the lead to 14-12. They added another goal in an extra-man opportunity to bring the game within one point but the Storm's offense was able to maintain possession for the final four minutes to close out the game. 

Freshman Katie Holden (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson C.V.I.) picked up her second win in the net for the Storm, making eight saves including five in the second half. The highlight of the game came when Holden stopped a shot on a Maverick fast break in the second half which eventually led to a Storm goal.

West ended the game with four goals and one assist. Kudla picked up nine points on three goals and six assists. Howe also ended the game with three goal while Abu-Kwiek had two and an assist. Rabuano and Michaela Schock (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) rounded out the scoring for the Storm. Schock also had a game-high seven groundballs.

The Storm is back in action Friday when they play McKendree University in Grand Junction, Colo. 

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