LAKELAND, Fla.—The tenth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team's comeback bid came up short in their season opener at Florida Southern College, falling to the Moccasins 12-10 Wednesday (March 5) in Lakeland, Fla.
The Storm struck first with a goal from Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney). The Moccasins responded in a major way, rattling off a 9-0 run to end the first quarter, including five goals from Dane Sorensen.
After Florida Southern scored the first goal of the second quarter, Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) ended the Storm's drought. Bishop's goal launched a 4-0 run by the Storm, with goals from Andrew Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchoque-Medford), Johnston and Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). The Moccasins closed out the half with a late goal to take an 11-5 advantage into the locker room.
The Storm came out of the locker room on a roll, scoring the first four goals of the second-half. Shafer scored the first goal for the Storm, followed by a pair of goals from Harding. Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) capped off the run with his first goal to bring the score to 11-9. Once again, Florida Southern was able to score a late goal heading into the fourth quarter.
Trailing by three in the final frame, Shafer cut the lead to two with his third goal of the game midway through. However, Florida Southern's defense was able to keep the Storm off the board the rest of the game to come away with the win.
Shafer ended the game with three goals in addition to a caused turnover. Harding recorded four points on two goals and two assists. Macgregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) ended the game with a goals and an assist while Bishop, Stockton and Jurek had one cgoal each. Bishop also picked up three ground balls. Rashad Brown (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport/Genesee CC/Mars Hill) tallied one assist. Evan Kuss (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up four ground balls and caused three turnovers in his collegiate debut. Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) picked up two groundballs while he and Adam Bakular (Courtenay, B.C./G.P. Vanier) caused two turnovers each. Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) made seven saves in a relief effort.
The Lake Erie defense caused nine total turnovers.
The Storm outshot the Moccasins 42-28 but Florida Southern's Matt Lalli made 12 saves to pick up the win.
Lake Erie is back in action Saturday (March 8) to take on the seventh-ranked University of Tampa Spartans.