PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The eighth-ranked Lake Erie College lacrosse team defeated Alderson-Broaddus University 15-9 Friday (March 25) in ECAC action.
The Storm got out to a hot start, outscoring the Battlers 7-3 in the opening frame. Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored three and assisted on one. Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen/Onondaga) scored twice. Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored once and assisted on two more. John Kezerian (Melrose, Mass./Malden Catholic) also had a goal.
Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) increased the Storm lead to 8-3 with an unassisted goal. After the Battlers answered, Black-Araujo scored his third goal on a man-up opportunity, assisted by Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary). Ward scored his second goal of the quarter to give the Storm a 10-4 lead at the half.
Edmond Renaud scored the first goal of the third quarter off a pass by Lucas Shafer. The Battlers answered with three straight goals before Lucas Shafer scored off an assist from Mitchell Shafer. However, the Battlers added one late in the quarter to cut the lead to 12-8 heading into the fourth.
Bret Swan (Acton, Ont./Halton Hills) won the opening faceoff in the fourth which led to a quick goal by Mitchell Shafer, assisted by Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park). Ward scored his third goal of the game a minute later off of Lucas Shafer's third assist. Lucas Shafer scored his fifth goal to answer a Battler goal. The Storm defense was dialed in from that point on, not allowing another goal as they secured the 15-9 win.
Lucas Shafer led the Storm with five goals, three assists, five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Mitchell Shafer tallied five points on two goals and three assists while Ward and Black-Araujo found the back of the net three times. Kezerian and Renaud also had a goal while Robinson had an assist.
Liam Smith (Webster, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) caused three turnovers for the Storm while grabbing four groundballs. Robinson collected four groundballs.
Swan went 19-of-25 on faceoffs, picking up 11 groundballs.
The Storm is back in action April 2 at Seton Hill University.