BELMONT, N.C.—The fifth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team won its fourth straight game Friday (March 13), besting 14th-ranked Belmont Abbey College 8-4 in North Carolina.
The Crusaders got on the board first but Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) scored a goal in the final five minutes of the opening quarter to tie the game. In a defensive second quarter, Jacob Mitchell (York, Pa./Dallastown) scored the lone goal to five the Storm a 2-1 lead at the half.
The third quarter went against the previous tempo of the game. The Crusaders tied it up in the opening minute. Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scored back to back goals to give the Storm a two goal edge. After Belmont Abbey scored, Harding scored his second goal of the game for the Storm. Belmont Abbey cut the lead to one but the Storm once again put together back-to-back goals, coming from Mitchell and Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to give the Storm a three goal advantage. Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored the lone goal of the fourth quarter, assisted by Courtland Black-Araujo (Browmanville, Ont./St. Stehen Secondary/Onondaga CC) to seal the four-goal win the Storm.
Mitchell and Harding led the Storm with two goals apiece. Bishop, Mitchell Shafer, Lucas Shafer and Ward had one goal apiece while Black-Araujo had an assist.
Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net for the Storm, making 10 saves. Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster) led the Storm with five groundballs while Simonetti and Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) had three apiece. Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon St. Jude), Simonetti and Goodwin caused two turnovers apiece.
The Storm is back in action March 21 at top-ranked Limestone College.