BLOOMSBURG, Pa.--The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team were unable to hold onto a one goal second-half lead as they fell at 14th-ranked Bloomsburg University, 11-9.
The Huskies (1-1) got on the board force but the Storm's (3-2) Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) responded a minute later to tie the game up. The teams traded goals until it was tied at three, with Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scoring the second and third goals for Lake Erie respectively. Bloomsburg took a 4-3 lead at 17:21. Neither team were able to find the back of the net again until the 5:04 mark when a Bloomsburg goal made it 5-3. The Storm finished out the first-half strong, scoring three unanswered goals, coming from Michaela Schock (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney), West and Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton), to take a 6-5 advantage into halftime.
Bloomsburg responded in the second-half by scoring the first three goal to jump back in front 8-6. Once again trailing by two, the Storm rattled off three goals, one from Kudla and two from Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange), to take a 9-8 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. Sam Mazzi tied the game for Huskies at nine at 5:41. Bloomsburg's Kelsey Metzler broke the tie at 1:37 to put the Huskies up 10-9. They added one more goal in the final minute to wrap-up the win.
Kudla led the Storm with seven points on two goals and five assists, setting a new Lake Erie single season record for assists with 27 on the year thus far. Howe recorded three points on a goal and two assists. Abu-Kwiek and West finished the game with two goals apiece. Rabuano collected a team-high four groundballs in addition to her goal. Schock rounded out the scoring for the Storm. Katie Holden (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson C.V.I.) made seven saves in net for Lake Erie.
Julie Falk led the Huskies with five points on three goals and two assists while Sara Bates picked up the win in net, making six saves.
The Storm is back in action Wednesday (March 20) for their home opener against Gannon University.