Erie, P.A. – The 17th ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team was in action today as they upset the sixth ranked Mercyhurst Lakers, 7-6. With the win, the Storm is 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Great Midwest action.
The first quarter started as defensive battle as the first four minutes of the game were scoreless. Alexander Corbett (Orchard Park, N.Y. / Bishop Timon) broke the scoring drought and gave the Storm a 1-0 edge. After seven minutes of scoreless action, the Storm grabbed a 2-0 lead when Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C. / New Westminster Secondary) found the back of the net. The Lakers responded with a pair of goals and the teams entered the second quarter tied at two goals apiece.
The Lakers continued their momentum as they took a 3-2 lead two minutes into the second quarter. Five minutes later, Lake Erie tied the game when John Kezerian (Melrose, Mass. / Malden Catholic) found the back of the net off an assist from Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg). The final seven minutes of the half were scoreless, and the teams entered the intermission deadlocked at three goals apiece.
The second half started as a defensive struggle for the first eight minutes. The Storm broke through when Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont. / Waterdown District / Pfeiffer) scored off a feed from Shafer. Two minutes later, Mercyhurst tied the game with a goal with 5:30 minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Storm responded with a goal from Kezerian, with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Lake Erie scored a second straight goal when Stokes scored off an assist from Shafer, with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter. The Lakers answered back with a goal with eight seconds remaining in the quarter, and the Storm led 6-5 entering the final quarter.
The Storm regained a two goal edge when Shafer found the back of the net just over a minute into the fourth quarter. The Storm maintained their two goal edge for a majority of the fourth quarter. The Lakers scored a goal with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, and cut the Storm lead to 7-6. The Lake Erie defense held strong for the final minute, and the Storm won the game 7-6.
The Storm was led by Shafer as he had four groundballs, a game high three assists, and a goal. Kezerian added to the Storm's performance as he had a pair of goals in the game. Stokes added to the offense as he also scored two goals in the game.
Lake Erie will be back in action Friday (March 30) when they host Marysville, with the game set to start at 7 p.m.