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#8 Storm Upsets #2 Le Moyne on the Road

Nicholas Simonetti (Courtesy of David Dorn)
Nicholas Simonetti (Courtesy of David Dorn)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The eighth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team pulled off a major 7-6 upset against second-ranked Le Moyne College Saturday (Feb. 28) in Syracuse.

The loss for Le Moyne was their first at home against a non-conference opponent since 2001. 

The Dolphins struck first with a goal midway through the first quarter but Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Finger Lakes CC) scored back-to-back goals to put the Storm in front.  However, the Dolphins tied the game heading into the second quarter. 

Early in the second quarter, the Dolphins regained the lead, 3-2.  Both defenses held tight, holding the offenses at bay for most of the second.  With under five minutes to play in the half, Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) tied the game on an unassisted goal.  Two minutes later, Shafer assisted Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) on a man-up goal to give the Storm a 4-3 lead at the half.

In a defensive oriented third-quarter, Courtland Black-Araujo (Brownville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) scored with just over a minute left to give the Storm a 5-3 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Dolphins tied the game with two-straight goals to start the fourth quarter.  Once again, the Storm provided the answer. Harding scored his second goal of the game midway through the fourth to put the Storm back in front.  Less than a minute later, Bishop scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), on a man-up opportunity to increase the Storm lead to two.  The Dolphins cut the lead to one with just over five minutes to play but the Storm defense held tough the seal the upset win.

Harding and Bishop led the Storm with two goals apiece.  Lucas Shafer had two points on a goal and an assist.  Mitchell Shafer, Pelkey and Black-Araujo had one point apiece. 

Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net for the Storm, making five saves.  Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) led the Storm with eight groundballs and two caused turnovers.  Lucas Shafer also had three groundballs.  Overall, the Storm outgained the Dolphins on groundballs, 25-19.

The Storm won nine-of-16 face-offs. Goodwin went three-of-five while Harding went six-of-nine.  They also limited their own mistakes, turning the ball over just 12 times while causing eight of Le Moyne's 17 turnovers. 

The Storm is back in action March 11th to face 11th-ranked University of Mount Olive.