Late Howe Goal Lifts Storm Past Bridgeport, 9-8

Meredith Howe (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions, Inc.)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.-- A late second-half Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) goal secured the road win for the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team as they won a back-and-forth battle with the University of Bridgeport, 9-8, Friday (March 22). 

Howe's goal came off a free position shot with 2:59 remaining in the second-half, her fifth goal of the game. 

Freshman goalie Katie Holden (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson C.V.I.) picked up her fourth win of the season for the Storm (4-2), making 12 saves. 

Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) got the Storm on the board just thirty seconds into the game. Howe scored her first goal of the game, assisted by Michaela Schock (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney), just over five minutes later to put the Storm up 2-0. After Bridgeport (3-3) got on the board, Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) found Howe for her second goal, putting the Storm up by two once more. The Knights fired back, scoring three of the next four goals to tie the game at four. Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and Howe picked up a goal apiece, while Bridgeport tacked on one more, to put Lake Erie ahead 6-5 at the half. 

West scored the first goal of the second half to increase the Storm lead to two, 7-5, but Bridgeport responded with a goal of their own to stay within one. Schock scored her first goal of the game on a man-up opportunity to give the Storm a two goal advantage once again with 17:38 to play. 

Neither team was able to find the back of the net again until 6:39 when the Knights scored two quick goals to tie the game at eight with 4:10 to play. The Knights won the following draw but Holden made the save on the Bridgeport shot. The Storm successfully cleared the ball down field where Howe converted on a free position shot to close the game out for the Storm. 

Howe ended the game with six points on five goals and one assist. Schock recorded three points on one goal and two assists. West ended the game with two goals while Abu-Kwiek had one and caused three turnovers. Kudla added two assists. The Storm held a 15-12 advantage on groundballs and were successful on all 13 clear attempts. 

Alexia Costa led Bridgeport with four points with two goals and two assists. The knights owned a 11-8 advantage on draw controls but were 0-7 on free position shots. 

The Storm conclude their weekend in Connecticut on Sunday when the play Port University at 12:00 p.m. 

-LEC-