CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- The third-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team fell in their regular season finale to Queens University, 9-8, Sunday (April 26).
After Queens scored first on an extra-man opportunity, Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) found Mitch Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) for the equalizer. Harding quickly scored the follow up goal to give the Storm the lead. The Royals responded with their second man-up goal to tie the game heading into the second.
Midway through the second, the Royals took advantage of an un-releasable man-up opportunity, netting four goals to jump ahead, 6-2. Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) broke up the Royal run with a goal, assisted by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) but the Storm trailed by three at the half.
The Royals scored the opening three goals of the second half to increase their lead to six. Harding broke up the Royals run with his second goal of the day midway through the third. Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) scored minutes later off a pass from Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to cut the lead to four. Connor Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian) won the ensuing face-off, with Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) picking up the groundball and finding Ryan for a quick goal.
Ward scored his second goal halfway through the fourth quarter- assisted by Mitchell Shafer- to cut the lead to two. Harding's third goal of day- assisted by Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg)- brought the game within one goal. The Storm had a shot in the final minute to even the game but was unsuccessful as they fell for the second time this season.
Harding led the Storm with three goals and one assist. Ward netted two while Ryan, Redmond and Black-Araujo had one apiece. Mitchell Shafer had two assists while Goodwin, Bishop and Lucas Shafer had one apiece.
Goodwin had nine groundballs while causing four turnovers. Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop TImon) caused four turnovers while collecting four groundballs. Lucas Shafer also had for groundballs.
The Storm is back in action next weekend at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.