SOUTH EUCLID— A Kayla Bohn (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) goal in the final minute of play lifted the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team to their first win of the season against traditional, nonconference rival Notre Dame College, 10-9, on Wednesday (March 11)
Notre Dame scored the game's first goal at 26:41 in the first half. A Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) goal got Lake Erie on the board at 21:03. LEC then took a 2-1 lead on an Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) goal, but the Falcons came back with three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead.
Samantha Gryba (Okotoks, Alberta/National Sport Academy) potted a goal two minutes before halftime, and the Storm went into halftime down, 4-3.
Lake Erie tied the game at 4-4 early in the second half on an Abu-Kwiek free position shot, but Notre Dame countered with back-to-back goals to go up, 6-4. A man-up goal by Abu-Kwiek at 22:05 brought LEC within one, and the Storm once again leveled the score when Breana Moser (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna) scored her first career goal a little over 30 seconds later.
Netfinders by West and Gryba lifted the Green & White to an 8-6 lead. The host Falcons then regained the momentum and scored back-to-back goals, and with 10 minutes to go the score was knotted at 8-8.
An Abu-Kwiek goal at 8:03 put the Storm back in front; the lead would last 40 seconds. Then, with the score tied, 9-9, both defenses took control. Neither side would find nylon on a shot until the clock winked under the one-minute mark. And that goal – at the 43-second mark – would belong to Lake Erie. The owner of the goal was freshman Bohn; the goal marked the second of her collegiate career and it came on a feed from Abu-Kwiek.
In the final seconds, West caused a turnover, picked up by Moser, to seal the win.
Abu-Kwiek ended the game with four goals, one assist, two groundballs and six draw controls to lead the Storm. West had two goals and an assist to go with her team-high three caused turnovers. Gryba netted two goals while Bohn and Moser had one. Emma Miller (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had one assist.
Katie Holden (Whitby, Ont./Anderson C.V.I.) had a tremendous game in net, making 10 saves for the win. In addition to the saves, Holden picked up four groundballs and had one caused turnover. The Storm defense also blocked three shots.
The Storm is back in action Saturday (March 15), traveling to Le Moyne College.