GREENSBURG, Pa.— The sixth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team advanced to their third straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship game with a tough fought 7-6 win over 14th-ranked Mercyhurst University Friday (May 1).
The Lakers scored the first goal of the game before Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) fired back for the Storm. After the Lakers took a two goal lead, Mitch Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) scored off a pass from Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y/Hamburg) to cut the lead to one.
The Lakers scored the first goal of the second quarter but several minutes later, Lucas Shafer answered for the Storm off a pass from Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney). After Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon) caused a turnover on the ensuing faceoff, Connor Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian) scored to tie the game at four.
The Storm struck first in the second half. After Donohue caused a turnover, Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) found Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to give the Storm their first lead of the game. Minutes later, Mitchell Shafer found Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) to give the Storm a two goal lead.
Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) scored midway through the fourth off a pass by Ward to give the Storm a three goal lead but Mercyhurst answered quickly after. The Lakers cut the lead to one with just over five minutes to play.
Mercyhurst had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made the stop in net to seal the win for the Storm.
The Storm's seven goals came from seven different players- Stokes, Bishop, Ryan, Mitchell Shafer, Mitch Redmond, Ward and Lucas Shafer. Harding, Goodwin, Ward, Mitchell and Lucas Shafer each had an assist.
Lipomi picked up the win in net, making seven saves. Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park), Lucas Shafer and Goodwin had four groundballs apiece. Goodwin and Donohue caused three turnovers apiece.
The Storm will play Lindenwood University Sunday (May 3) in the title game.