PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The eighth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team fell to top-ranked Limestone College 18-7 Saturday (April 16) in Painesville.
The game marked a rematch of the 2015 NCAA South Division Finals.
The Storm struck first in the opening frame. Midway through the quarter as the shot clock was winding down, Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga) hit pay dirt to give the Storm the lead. However, the Saints scored two goals to close out the quarter with the lead.
The Saints continued to control the momentum, scoring the first five goals of the second quarter to move ahead 7-1. After a timeout with just over six minutes to play, Black-Araujo scored his second goal, assisted by Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to end the Storm's drought. However, the Saints scored three more to take a 10-3 lead into the half.
The momentum for the top-ranked Saints carried over to the second half as they outscored the Storm 3-0 in the quarter to increase their advantage to 10.
The Storm got back on the board a couple minutes into the fourth quarter. Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) scored off an assist by Jacob Mitchell (York, Pa./Dallastown). Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) followed up with a goal from Stokes two minutes later but the Saints answered with two goals of their own. Lucas Shafer score his first goal of the game but the Saints responded with three more. Mitchell Shafer scored just six seconds after a Saints goal after a clean faceoff win and pass by Bret Swan (Acton, Ont./Halton Hills). Black-Araujo scored his third goal of the game, assisted by Stokes, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.
Black-Araujo led the Storm with three goals while Stokes had a goal and two assists. Mitchell Shafer had two goals while Lucas Shafer had a goal and an assist. Mitchell and Swan also had assists.
The Storm is back in action April 23 at Mercyhurst University.