April 2, 2014

Storm approaches from the West

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie got off to a fine start in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, downing the Ursuline Arrows, 18-9, on Wednesday.

The Storm got five goals from Ashriel West and four each from Samantha Gryba and Hana Abu-Kwiek as they reached a single-game season-high in goals. The Green & White snapped a two-game losing streak – one that saw them outscored, 41-7 -- with the win. Lake Erie (3-6, 1-0) is now 8-1 all-time in the GLIAC.

LEC peppered Ursuline (2-4, 0-1) with 10 first-half goals en route to the home victory. A closer second frame saw the Storm edge the Arrows, 8-6.

West scored five goals and logged two assists in the contest between the two new Northeast Ohio GLIAC foes. The senior from Jamesville, N.Y., also garnered seven draw controls and three ground balls.

Hana Abu-Kwiek started the game's scoring with her 20th goal of the season, an unassisted netfinder at 26:26. An Ursuline free-position goal at 24:57 tied the game at 1-1. Abu-Kwiek was one of five different LEC players to score the next five goals of the contest, and by the midpoint of the game the Storm had worked their lead to 6-1.

Ursuline scored at the 7:45-mark and again at 1:38, but those two goals were split by four unanswered Storm scores. Lake Erie went into halftime leading, 10-3, and out-shooting the Arrows, 21-9.  Six different players scored goals in LEC's first-half barrage, and Abu-Kwiek led the way with three goals in the opening 30 minutes. Ashriel West also had a big first half: West had two goals, an assist, five draw controls and two ground balls.

UC's Bailey Patterson was the first to reshuffle lights on the Britt Stadium scoreboard in the second. Her netfinder at 27:18 brought the Arrows within six (10-4). The Arrows would get as close as five, but a mid-period onslaught by the Storm put the game away. Ashriel West scored goals at 18:47 and 11:59, bookending a key 3-0 run by the Green & White.  

That 3-0 run was followed by back-to-back UC scores. Lake Erie outscored the Arrows, 4-1, the rest of the way.

Katie Holden was LEC's lone goalkeeper in the contest; she made eight saves. Lake Erie outshot Ursuline, 43-25, and was a plus-5 in the turnover exchange. The Storm's 43 shots mark their most of the season and the team's most in a single game since May 6, 2012. LEC committed just eight turnovers, its fewest in a game since April 22, 2013.

The Storm's Joan Graziano led all players with five ground balls. Graziano also notched a goal and an assist in the Lake Erie win.

Bailey Patterson scored five goals to lead the Arrows.

For the Storm, Wednesday's GLIAC opener marked the beginning of a stretch that has LEC playing three straight games at home. That stretch will continue on Friday when the Storm welcome West Virginia Wesleyan to Jack Britt Stadium for a non-conference tilt.


Notes: Lake Erie is now 2-1 at home this season and 8-2 in Painesville over the last two seasons. … Wednesday's contest marked the first meeting between the Storm and Arrows. The 2014 campaign marks the inaugural season for Ursuline lacrosse. … Hana Abu-Kwiek has now scored multiple goals in four straight games. Abu-Kwiek has a team-high 23 on the season. Her four goals on Wednesday tie a season high. West and Gryba posted new single-game season-high for goals, with their five and four, respectively. … LEC is now 6-0 in its last six games in the month of April.


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