(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Great Midwest Athletic Conference play opened Saturday for Lake Erie, but it was unsuccessful in an upset bid with a 15-11 defeat at the hands of No. 12 Mercyhurst. The Storm (0-6, 0-1) have now played five teams ranked in the top 20 with another receiving votes in the national poll. The Lakers (5-2, 2-0) are the fourth team the Green and White has played this season in the top 12.
As in other games against top competition, the Storm got off and running fast. Lake Erie led 3-2 after the first and was up 6-4 after goals by Matt Cromie and Micah Daigle midway through the second, but Mercyhurst proceeded to go on a 6-0 run that lasted until the final minute of the third.
Patrick Bay ended the rally with a goal on an assist from his brother Tim, but the damage had been done and the Storm were only to get back within three the rest of the way.
Cromie had his best offensive game of the season as he scored a game-high four goals. Leading the assist category was Tim Bay. Patrick Bay also had a multiple point game with two scores and an assist.
Bret Swan was dominant once again on face-offs as he won all but one of the 29 in the game. Picking up the ground ball afterwards was also no contest for him as he totaled 23 in the game.
The Storm will continue G-MAC play this week as they make the short trip down I-77 to take on Walsh this Wednesday. Faceoff from Vasco Field is set for 7 p.m.