PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie picked up a come-from-behind victory on Friday evening, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to claim a 12-10 win over West Virginia Wesleyan.
Hana Abu-Kwiek scored six goals in the contest, and a stout LEC defense allowed just six second-half shots, as the Storm (4-6) won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Bobcats (3-9) – owners of a 5-2 lead late in Friday's first half -- have now lost five straight.
Lake Erie committed just nine turnovers – six less than WVWU, and the Storm outshot the visiting Bobcats, 26-17. Abu-Kwiek scored her six goals on 12 shots. Joan Graziano, Mallory Quiggle and Ashriel West each logged a goal and two assists on a windy night at Jack Britt Stadium.
The game was delayed at the outset, due to a thunderstorm sweeping across Painesville. The Bobcats scored the game's first two goals when play got underway. A Mallory Quiggle goal at 22:56 cut WVWU's lead in half.
The Bobcats scored three of the game's next four goals and led, 5-2, by the seven-minute mark. The Storm would whittle WVWU's lead to one (6-5) by the end of the first half. Emma Miller and Joan Graziano scored goals in the final minute of the half.
West Virginia Wesleyan outshot Lake Erie, 11-9, in the first.
A Hana Abu-Kwiek goal – her third of the game – tied the proceedings in the first minute of the second half. But the game settled into another back-and-forth stretch and at the 20-minute mark the Bobcats still led by one (8-7). Then Ashriel West potted a man-up goal at 18:02. Her game-tying score would be the first of three straight goals for the Storm who vaulted into a 10-8 lead by the midpoint of the second half.
WVWU broke that string with a goal at 14:04. LEC countered at 13:02. The Bobcats got back within one (11-10) at 7:25. But the Storm answered at 6:12.
And then, leading by two, the Lake Erie defense clamped down. After the goal at 6:12, an Abu-Kwiek goal on a free-position shot, the Storm would allow just one more shot the rest of the way.
LEC's 17 shots allowed marks a season-best.
Lake Erie's season will resume with another home contest on Sunday. That game – against Grand Valley State (Mich.) – is slated for a noon opening draw.