WHEELING, W. Va.—The top-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team survived a scare at Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) foe Wheeling Jesuit University, picking up a 7-6 Saturday (April 4).
After the Cardinals got on the board first in the opening frame, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored late off a pass from Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to tie the game heading into the second.
Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) gave the Storm a 2-1 advantage early on in the second, but the Cardinals scored two straight to regain the lead. Bishop scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Harding to tie the game however, the Cardinals added a goal in the final minute to take a 4-3 lead into the half.
The Storm struck first in the third quarter off a goal by Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) but once again, the Cardinals answered with two straight goals to gain the biggest lead of the game, 6-4. Harding scored his second goal late in the third to bring the lead down to one heading into the final frame.
Midway through the fourth, Harding netted his third goal on a man-up opportunity to tie the game at six. With less than four minutes to play, Bishop scored his third goal to give the Storm a 7-6 advantage. The Storm defense held up, limited the Cardinals to just three shots in the final quarter to hang on for the win.
Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) picked up the win in net, making nine saves.
Harding had a team-high four points on three goals, one assist. Bishop also scored three goals. Mitchel and Lucas Shafer had one point apiece.
Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) had a team-high four groundballs and three caused turnovers. Mitchell Shafer caused two turnovers. Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) had a pair of groundballs and caused turnovers.
The Storm limited their mistakes, turning the ball over just 10 times while causing 11 Cardinal turnovers.
Lake Erie is back in action April 11 against Seton Hill University in Painesville.