Storm Cruises Past Crusaders for Fourth Straight Win

Nicholas Simonetti (Courtesy of David Dorn)

BELMONT, N.C.--  The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team notched their fourth straight win, defeating Belmont Abbey 12-8 Saturday (March 29).

Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) got the Storm on the board first with a goal a little more than a minute in.  Minutes later, Robert Pelkey (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Finger Lakes CC) made it 2-0 with a goal assisted by Andrew Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchoque-Medford).  After Belmont got on the board, Will Mulcahy (Batavia, N.Y./Batvia) wrapped-up first quarter scoring with a goal to bring the lead back up to two.

The Crusaders scored the first goal of the second quarter but Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian) scored on a man-up opportunity assisted by Harding.  After Belmont Abbey scored their third goal, Trevor Tarte (Amhertsburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) made it 5-3 Storm heading into the break on a goal assisted by Connor Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian).

Harding scored his second goal of the game to open the third quarter but the Crusaders rattled off three straight goals to tie it up.  Late in the quarter, Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored an unassisted goal each to give the Storm a two goal lead heading into the final frame.

The Storm continued to roll to open the fourth.  Harding scored his third goal, assisted by Bishop, early one to give the Storm a three goal edge.  Bishop and Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) then netted goals to cap off a 5-0 Storm run.  After the Crusaders broke up the Lake Erie run with a goal, Tarte scored his second goal, assisted by Harding, to seal the win.

Harding led the Storm with five points on three goals, two assists.  Bishop tallied three points on two goals, one assist.  Tarte and Jurek netted two goal.  Mulcahy, Stockton, Ryan, Pelkey and Shafer all had one point. 

Nicholas Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome/Queens) made 13 saves in net for the win.  He, Rashad Brown (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport/Genesee CC/Mars Hill) and Justin Goodwin all collected seven groundballs.  Goodwin led the defense with two caused turnovers.  Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) had four groundballs in addition to a caused turnover.

The Storm went 13-of-23 (56%) on face offs and were successful on 18-of-19 clears.  They had the advantage in groundballs (34-23) and shots (48-38). 

Lake Erie returns to action April 6 for an ECAC showdown against Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.

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