ERIE, Pa.— The 14th-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team fell in another close ECAC battle with fourth-ranked Mercyhurst University, 8-5, Saturday in Erie, Pa. (April 26).
The loss snapped the Storm's eight game winning streak.
With the victory, Mercyhurst secured their second straight ECAC regular season title.
The Storm struck first with Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scoring off an assist from Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). Five minutes later, Macgregor Johnston (Naniamo, B.C./Dover Bay) scored an unassisted goal to push the Storm lead to two. The Lakers regained their footing, scoring the final two of the first quarter to tie it up.
The Lakers took the lead to open the second quarter but Harding notched his second to tie it up. Once again, Mercyhurst ended the quarter with the last two goals to take a 5-3 advantage at the half.
After killing off a penalty to start the second-half, Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored on a rocket of a shot to cut the lead to one. Mercyhurst answered Jurek's goal minutes later, which proved to be the final goal of the third quarter.
Bishop scored early in the fourth quarter on a pass from Johnston to bring the game within one but that was the last goal for the Storm, as the Lakers netted to in the fourth to pick up the win and clinch home field for the ECAC Championships.
Bishop, Harding and Johnston had two points each for the Storm- Harding on two goals. Jurek had one goal. Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) led the Storm with six groundballs while Rashad Brown (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport/Genesee CC/Mars Hill) had three. Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) Matthew Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) had a pair of groundballs each.
Mercyhurst held a slight edge in shots, 33-30, and groundballs, 22-18.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made five saves.
The Storm is back in action next weekend at the ECAC Championships against Wheeling Jesuit University.