TIFFIN, Ohio— Lake Erie College women's lacrosse senior Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) led the way for the Storm as they bested Tiffin University 16-15 in overtime to pick-up their third straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) win Thursday (April 17).
West led the Storm with a career-high eight goals which is tied for the second highest game total in program history.
After Tiffin scored the game's opening goal, West scored back-to-back, with assists from Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) and Delaney Semancik (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) to give the Storm the lead. After the Dragons tied it up, the Storm went on a 3-0 run. Samantha Gryba (Okotoks, Alberta/National Sport Academy) scored the first goal of the run, followed by another set of back-to-back goals from West. Tiffin brought the lead to one with a pair of quick goals but the Storm raged back. Gryba scored her second goal of the game, assisted by Abu-Kwiek to bring the lead to two. Abu-Kwiek then notched a goal of her own. West scored her fifth of the game, assisted by Abu-Kwiek, to put the Storm ahead by three before Emma Miller (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored off a pass from Kayla Bohn (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) to make it 9-4 Lake Erie. The Dragons broke up the run near the end of the first-half but Mallory Quiggle (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) found the back of the net before Tiffin added a late goal to make it 10-6 Storm at the break.
The teams traded goals throughout most of the second-half. Miller scored and assisted on goals over the stretch while Bohn scored her second and West notched her sixth and seventh goals of the day as the Storm maintained their four goal lead. Tiffin eventually broke the trading trend, cutting the lead to three with less than 10 minutes to play but West scored her eighth goal of the game to give the Storm a four goal advantage once again. The Dragons would not go down without a fight, finishing the second-half on a 4-0 run, including a goal with four seconds to play, to send the game into overtime.
In the first half of overtime, Quiggle struck first with a goal assisted by Abu-Kwiek to put the Storm ahead. In the second-half of overtime, the Storm defense held tough to seal the win with Quiggle's early overtime goal.
Abu-Kwiek ended the game with seven points with six assists and one goal. Miller tallied three points on two goals, one assist while Gryba and Quiggle had two goals each. Bohn totaled one goal, one assist for two points and Semancik had one assist.
In addition to her eight goals, West won eight draw controls and collected two groundballs while causing two turnovers. Breana Moser (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna), Miller and Skylar Hunter (Erie, Pa./McDowell) had two groundballs apiece. Bohn had six draw controls while Moser and Abu-Kwiek combined for five.
Katie Holden (Whitby, Ont./Anderson C.V.I.) picked up the win in net, making nine saves, including two in the extra overtime session. She also had a team-high five groundballs.
Lake Erie owned a 17-13 advantage in groundballs and a 19-16 advantage in draw controls. They outshot the Dragons 39-29.
The Storm is back in action for their final home game of the season Saturday (April 19) against the University of Findlay in GLIAC play.