PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team opened the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament with a 24-3 win over the Ursuline College Arrows on Thursday (May 3) afternoon.
Three minutes into the game, Anastasia Crawford (Corning, N.Y. / Corning Painted Post East) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Thirty seconds later, Ursuline tied the game at one. Over the next three minutes, Crawford scored four straight goals, with three of them assisted by Anna Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn). Haley Andersen (Henderson, Nev. / Coronado) made it 6-1 Storm with a goal from A. Spin with 20 minutes remaining in the first half. Crawford scored her sixth goal of the game from an assist from Meagan Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) one minute later. In the following seven minutes, A. Spin scored two goals and assisted on another as Lake Erie scored four straight goals. Cecilia Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn) scored once and Maxwell scored one goal herself. With eight minutes left, Ursuline broke the Storm's run with a goal. Lake Erie closed the half with a 4-1 run as Crawford scored twice and Riley Heffron (Livermore, Ca. / Granada) added two goals with A. Spin assisting on three of them. Lake Erie led 15-3 at the half.
In the opening minute of the second half, C. Spin converted a free position shot for her second goal of the day. Maxwell assisted on two straight goals by Andersen and C. Spin as the Storm led 18-3 with 24 minutes left. Two minutes later, Maxwell scored her second goal of the game. Over the final 15 minutes, Taylor Mathis (Corning, N.Y. / Corning) scored four of the final five goals, including two on free position shots. Brigid Lempko (Buffalo, N.Y. / Mount Mercy Academy) added a free position shot for her first goal of the day. The game was called with seven minutes remaining due to inclement weather. Lake Erie advanced to the G-MAC Championship with a 24-3 victory.
Crawford led the Storm with eight goals along with three groundballs. Mathis scored four goals, won five draw controls and picked up three groundballs. C. Spin scored three goals and won a team-high ten draw controls. A. Spin finished with nine points (two goals and seven assists) with two groundballs and two draw controls. Maxwell had two goals scored and three assists. Andersen and Heffron each had two goals with Heffron grabbed five groundballs.
Harmony Moore (Farmington, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy) made seven saves in the goal.
Lake Erie advanced to Saturday's G-MAC title game against the University of Findlay at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium. The final will begin at 5:30 PM.