LYNDHURST, Ohio—The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team held off a second half Notre Dame College surge as the Storm defeated the Falcons 20-15 in their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener in Lyndhurst, Ohio on Wednesday (April 3).
Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) led the Storm with eight goals and one assist while collecting five draw controls, collecting three groundballs and causing three turnovers.
Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) scored the first goal of the game less than five minutes into play to give the Storm (7-2) the lead. A goal by Abu-Kwiek and another from Howe increased the Storm lead to 3-0 before the Falcons scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the first half. The Storm's offense then lit up, scoring seven straight goals, two from Howe and Abu-Kwiek and a goal apiece for Michaela Schock (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney), Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton), to take a 10-2 advantage. Following a Notre Dame goal, Howe scored her fifth goal of the half and Kudla added her second to send the Storm into the half with a 12-3 lead.
The Falcons scored the first two goals of the second half before the Storm answered with goals from Abu-Kwiek and Kudla. After the teams traded goals, Notre Dame scored four straight goals to cut the Storm lead to 15-10. Goals from Abu-Kwiek and Howe ended the Notre Dame run and increased the lead to 17-10. The Falcons continued to find the back of the net in the second half, scoring four of the final six goals but it was not enough as Lake Erie held on for the win.
Abu-Kwiek led all players with nine points while Howe had seven points with six goals and one assist. Kudla recorded six points on three goals, three assists while West had five points on one goal and four assists. Schock rounded out the scoring for the Storm with one goal while Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) had three assists.
Freshman goalie Katie Holden (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson C.V.I.) picked up the win in net for the Storm, making eight saves.
Madalyn Dewling led the Falcons with seven goals. Overall, Notre Dame led in groundballs (16-10) and draw controls (21-19).
The Storm returns to action on Friday (April 5) when they travel up north to face GLIAC foe Grand Valley State University.