ERIE, Pa.—The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team fell to Lindenwood University 8-6 in the ECAC Semifinals Friday morning (May 6) in Erie, Pa.
The Lions got on the scoreboard first, scoring 90 seconds into the game. The defenses took over at that point, keeping the game at one until under five minutes to play in the quarter. The Lions broke up the scoring drought to jump ahead 2-0. Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster) answered for the Storm a minute later, assisted by Courtland Black-Araujo. However, the Lions added two goals late in the quarter to take a 4-1 lead into the second.
Stokes netted his second goal of the game, unassisted, to open the second and cut the lead to two. Once again, the Lions answered the Storm with a pair of goals to increase their lead to 6-2. In the final five minutes of the second quarter, the Storm scored twice to cut the lead to 6-4 at the break. Black-Araujo scored the first goal, assisted by Stokes. Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont./Waterdown District/Pfieffer) scored the second goal of an assist by Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg).
Shafer cut the lead to 6-5 with the first goal of the second half. Six minutes later, the Lions answered to bring their lead up to two heading into the final frame.
The defenses took over once again as neither team found the back of the net until the final three minutes of play. Lindenwood increased their lead to 8-5 with under three minutes to play. Stokes scored his third goal of the game with just under two minutes to play. However, it was not enough as the Lions kept the Storm off the board the remainder of the quarter to hold on for the win.
Stokes led the Storm with three goals and an assist. Shafer and Black-Araujo had a goal and an assist apiece. Renaud rounded out the scoring for the Storm.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made ten saves in net for the Storm.
The Storm had 23 groundballs to Lindenwood's 19 and were successful on 11-of-12 clears.\