PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The top-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team suffered their first setback of the year, falling to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) foe Seton Hill University 12-11 Saturday (April 11).
The Storm got on the board first when Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) found Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) two-and-a-half minutes in. After the Griffins answered the goal, Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) gave the Storm a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later, Seton Hill tied it up. In the final three-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter, Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) scored a pair of goals- the first of which was assisted by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg)- to give the Storm a 4-2 lead.
The Griffins started the second quarter with four straight goals to take a two-goal lead. Harding provided the answer for the Storm, scoring two more goals to tie the game at the half.
Harding scored his fifth straight goal to open the second half and give the Storm a one goal lead. However, the Griffins rattled off three straight goals in the closing minutes of the quarter to gain a two goal advantage going into the final frame.
The Storm opened the fourth with three straight goals. Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored a man-up goal on a pass from Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). Black-Araujo scored his second goal of the game to tie it. On the ensuing faceoff, Goodwin scored to give the Storm a one goal lead. The Griffins tied the game at 10 five minutes later. With three minutes to go, Lucas Shafer scored an unassisted goal to give the Storm the lead. However, in the final 36 seconds, the Griffins scored twice to pick up the win.
Harding ended the game with five goals. Lucas Shafer had two goals and one assist. Black-Araujo had two goals while Pelkey had one. Goodwin had a goal and an assist. Bishop and Mitchell Shafer had an assist apiece.
Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) made 10 saves in net for the Storm. Goodwin had five groundballs and five caused turnovers. Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Sublin Scioto) and Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon) had two caused turnovers apiece.
The Storm is back in action Wednesday (April 15) to face Mercyhurst University.