ALLDENDALE, Mich.--The second-seeded Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a nine-goal effort from third-seed Tiffin Univesity's Alexandria Quast, falling to the Dragons 13-11 in the semifinals of the innagural Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament.
Tiffin advances to face the winner of Grand Valley State University and Notre Dame College in the second semifinal game while the Storm's season is finished.
The Storm (13-5) struck first when Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) scored a little more than a minute in. Quast answered for the Dragons (10-8) a minute in a half later to tie it at one before Lake Erie's Meredith Howe (Fayettville, N.Y./Jamesville, Dewitt) and Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) scored back-to-back to give the Storm a 3-1 advantage. Tiffin responded by scoring three straight goals, the first on a man-up opportunity from Emily Roussel and the next two by Quast. Abu-Kwiek and Howe scored their second goals of the to vault the Storm back in front, 5-4. Roussel scored her second goal of the game to tie the game back up before Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and the a third goal from Howe gave the Storm a two-point lead, 7-5. Quast notched her fourth goal of the half to cut the deficit to one before the break.
The Dragons broke the game open early in the second half with pair of goals each from Quast and Roussel to take a 10-7 lead. Kudla and Abu-Kwiek scored the next two goals of the game to bring the Tiffin lead to one but Quast scored three straight goals as the Dragons pulled ahead 13-9. Howe score two goals in the closing minutes but it was not enough as the Storm fell in the tournament's semifinals.
Howe led the Storm in scoring with five goals. Abu-Kwiek tallied three points on three goals while also collecting 10 ground balls and causing five turnovers. Kudla ended the game with three points on two goals and one assist. West rounded out the Storm scoring with one point while assisting on one more.
The Storm owned an advantage in ground balls (26-21), shots (28-24) and caused turnovers (15-5).
Quast ended the game with 10 points on nine goals and one assist. Roussel finished with four goals. Jessica Bombard picked up the win in net, making 12 saves.