PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team won the 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) tournament championship on Saturday (May 5) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
The Storm rallied from a 4-0 deficit with nine straight goals as they defeated the University of Findlay Oilers by a 10-9 final score.
The Oilers opened the game with four straight goals in the first eight minutes. With less than 21 minutes left, Taylor Mathis (Corning, N.Y. / Corning) stopped the Oilers' run with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, the Storm cut the lead to two on a goal by Haley Andersen (Henderson, Nev. / Coronado), assisted by Riley Heffron (Livermore, Ca. / Granada). Mathis converted a free position shot one minute later as the Storm trailed 4-3 with 17 minutes left in the first half. After seven minutes of scoreless action, Anastasia Crawford (Corning, N.Y. / Corning Painted Post East) tied the game with a goal that was assisted by Anna Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn). Crawford followed with four straight goals, including two free position shots over the final ten minutes of the half. Lake Erie led 8-4 at the half.
Five minutes into the second half, Heffron pushed the Storm's lead to five with an unassisted goal. Findlay scored three goals in the following eight minutes as they trimmed the Storm's lead to 9-7. A. Spin converted a free position shot with 15 minutes left, pushing the Storm's lead to 10-7. The Oilers scored twice within the final 15 minutes but could not tie the game. Lake Erie completed their tournament run with a 10-9 win in the final.
Crawford scored five goals, all in a row along with two groundballs. Mathis added two goals, two groundballs and three draw controls. Heffron scored one goal, assisted on another and grabbed a team-high five groundballs. A. Spin finished with one goal, one assist, four groundballs and four draw controls. Cecilia Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn) had four groundballs in the game. Haley Abraham (Canandaigua, N.Y. / Canandaigua Academy) and Meagan Maxwell (Hamburg, NY / Hamburg) each had three groundballs while Jordan Jernigan (Akron, Ohio / Firestone) picked up two.
Harmony Moore (Farmington, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy) made 16 saves in the goal, including nine in the first half.
The Storm will await the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Selection Show on Sunday (May 6) to determine if the Storm's season will continue.