PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team was unable to defeat nonconference rival Gannon University Tuesday (April 16) in Painesville, falling to the Golden Knights, 21-14.
Caitlin Fisher scored the first goal of the game for the Golden Knights (8-5, 4-3 PSAC) four minutes into the game. Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) answered for the Storm (8-4, 2-1 GLIAC) with a goal three minutes later to tie it at one. The teams went back and forth on the next four goals, with Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) scoring for Lake Erie to keep the game even at three. Gannon went on the first run of the game, scoring four straight goals before Samantha Gryba (Okotoks, Alberta/National Sport Academy) broke the the Storm's scoreless drought to cut the lead to 7-4. The Golden Knights scored two more goals in the half before Kudla scored the final first half goal with 23 seconds left to cut the Gannon lead to 9-5 at the half.
Howe scored the first goal of the second half to bring the score to 9-6 but Stevie Lombardoni quickly answered for Gannon. Following a Kudla goal, Lombardoni scored two more to make the score 12-7. The Golden Knights continued to find the back of the net in the second half, scoring three of the next five goals- the two Storm goals coming off the sticks of West and Michaela Schock (Dover, Del. Caesar Rodney)- and six of the final ten goals en route to the win.
Kudla led the Storm with eight points on five goals and three assists while collecting eight draw controls and seven groundballs. Howe finished the game with four points on three goals and one assist. West had two goals and one assist and collected four draw controls while Gryba had two goals. Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and Schock rounded out the scoring for the Storm.
Jess Fugate led Gannon in points with nine on four goals and five assists while Lombardoni led the team with five goals. Maragaret Maslyn picked up the win in net, making eight saves.
Lake Erie owned a small advantage in in groundballs, 19-17, while Gannon held an edge in draw controls, 21-16.
The Storm is back in action Friday, hosting the University of Findlay in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest.