WHEELING, W.V – The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team was in action today as they were defeated in triple overtime by Wheeling Jesuit, 8-7.
The first quarter started and was a defensive battled for over 10 minutes. The Storm broke the scoring drought with just over four minutes remaining in the quarter when Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C. / New Westminster Secondary) scored off a feed from Nicholas Tschetter (Hilton, N.Y. / Aquanis Institute).
The Storm added to their lead four minutes into the second quarter when Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) found the back off an assist by Tim Bay (Canadaigua, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy). The Cardinals cut the Storm lead to 2-1 with a goal with about six minutes remaining in the second quarter. After nearly four minutes of scoreless action the Storm regained a two goal advantage when Ward and T. Bay connected for a second straight goal. Lake Erie entered the intermission ahead, 3-1.
The third quarter started as a defensive battle as the first five minutes were scoreless. The Cardinals opened the third quarter scoring with a goal with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Less than a minute later Lake Erie responded with a goal by Stokes and took a 4-2 lead. Wheeling Jesuit scored two straight goals and tied the game at four goals apiece. A minute later the Storm regained their lead when T. Bay found the back of the net off a fed from Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont. / Waterdown District / Pfeiffer). 13 seconds later Lake Erie took a 6-4 lead when T. Bay scored his second straight goal.
The Cardinals cut into the Storm lead to open the fourth quarter as they scored a goal a minute into the final quarter of play. After seven minutes of scoreless play the Storm regained a two goal lead when Micah Daigle (Erie, Pa. / McDowell) scored off a feed from Stokes. Wheeling Jesuit made it a one goal game with a goal with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The Cardinals scored the game tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game and forced overtime.
The first two overtime periods were scoreless and the Cardinals scored in the third overtime to win the game, 8-7.
The Storm was led by Stokes as he had two goals and a pair of assists in the game. T. Bay also pitched in with a pair of goals and two assists in the game. Ward added a pair of goals in the game for the Storm.
Lake Erie will be back in action Thursday (April 20) when they host Lindenwood University at 11 am.