The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team (0-3) suffered an 18-15 setback at Tiffin University (3-2) in the opening game of its 2011 northern slate.
Sophomore midfielder Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) led the Storm with game-high tying five goals, coming on just six shot attempts. Sophomore midfielder Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) added four goals and sophomore midfielder Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y/Auburn) and freshman attacker Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) each scored a pair.
Howe and Kudla each added assists as just two of Lake Erie's 15 goals were assisted.
The Dragons scored the game's first two goals in the first two and a half minutes and would never trail in the contest. The Storm was behind 9-6 at halftime, as five players scored for Lake Erie in the first 30 minutes, with Rabuano netting a pair.
A big sequence took place in the first 1:02 of the second half as Tiffin netted three straight goals to take a 12-6 advantage. The Dragons advantage moved to seven goals on two separate occasions, but Lake Erie netted five of the next six goals, including two straight by Kudla, to cut the gap to 16-13 with 9:58 to play. Neither team scored for the next six and a half minutes of action, with Tiffin sealing the game during that stretch. Howe scored two goals for the Storm in the final 2:02, but the effort was not enough.
Tiffin held a 29-16 ground ball advantage and won the battle of draws, 24-12.
In goal for the Storm, freshman Ashlee Heckard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) got her first career start and faced 29 shots with seven saves.
The Storm is in action next on Saturday (March 26) as they travel to Indiana Tech for a non-conference matchup at 2:00 p.m.