GREENSBURG, Pa. – The ninth ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse was in action today as they were defeated by 15th ranked Mercyhurst, 8-5 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament Semifinal match.
The Storm jumped out to an early lead as Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) found the back of the net off a feed from Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C. / New Westminster Secondary). Four minutes later the Lakers responded, and tied the game at one goal apiece. Two minutes later, the Storm regained their lead when Bishop scored off an assist by Alexander Corbett (Orchard Park, N.Y. / Bishop Timon), to give Lake Erie a 2-1 edge. With six minutes remaining in the first quarter John Kezerian (Melrose, Mass. / Malden Catholic) found the back of the net for the Storm. The final six minutes of the first quarter was scoreless, and Lake Erie entered the second quarter ahead 3-1.
Mercyhurst opened the second quarter scoring four into the quarter, to cut the Storm lead to 3-2. The Storm answered back a minute later when Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) scored off a feed from Tim Bay (Canadaigua, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy) and gave Lake Erie a 4-2 advantage. 30 seconds later, the Lakers tacked on a goal and made the score 4-3 in favor of the Storm. After eight minutes of scoreless action, Mercyhurst broke the scoring drought and tied the game at four goals apiece. The Storm and Lakers entered the intermission tied at four goals apiece.
The third quarter opened as a defensive battle, as the first six minutes of the third quarter were scoreless. Shafer broke the scoring drought for the Storm as he scored off a feed from Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont. / Waterdown District / Pfeiffer), to give Lake Erie a 5-4 lead. Three minutes later, the Lakers tied the game at five goals apiece, and the teams entered the fourth quarter deadlocked at 5-5.
Mercyhurst scored three consecutive goals in the fourth quarter to take an 8-5 edge. The Storm was unable to make a run, and fell 8-5 in the semifinal match of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.
The Storm was led by Shafer as he had two goals and a ground ball for the Storm. Bishop pitched in with two goals in the game.