WHEELING, W.V. – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team was in action today as they were victorious over Wheeling Jesuit, 16-6. With the win the Storm improves to 4-0 on the season, which is the best start to a season in school history.
The Storm opened the scoring in the first 40 seconds, when the Storm defense forced turnover and Anastasia Crawford (Corning, N.Y. / Corning Painted Post East) finished off the play with a goal to give Lake Erie a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals responded less than 20 seconds later and tied the game at 1-1. Wheeling Jesuit scored a second straight goal to take a 2-1 lead. After three minutes of scoreless play the Cardinals tacked on a third straight goal, to take a 3-1 lead. After nearly seven minutes of a scoreless battle the Storm ended the drought with a goal from Taylor Mathis (Corning, N.Y. / Corning). The Cardinals regained a two goal advantage (4-2) with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. The Storm quickly responded when Mathis found the back of the net on a free position goal. A minute later Lake Erie tied the game when Kayla Bohn (Louisville, Ky. / Eastern) found the back of the net to make the score 4-4. A third straight goal for the Storm gave them a 5-4 lead, as Crawford found the back of the net for the Storm. The Lake Erie run continued when Anna Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn) scored from a free position shot with just under four minutes left in the half. The Storm's fifth straight goal was scored by Mathis and stretched their lead to 7-4, with just under two minutes remaining in the half. The Cardinals scored a late goal in the first half, but entered the intermission behind the Storm, 7-5.
At the half, the Storm was led by Mathis as she had three goals. Crawford pitched in with a pair of goals and two caused turnovers.
The Storm momentum carried over to the second half as Cecilia Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn) opened the scoring and regained the Storm's three goal advantage. The Storm stretched their lead to four when Crawford scored her third goal of the game, with 25 minutes remaining in the game. Lake Erie continued their strong play as Mathis scored her fourth goal and provided the Storm with a 10-5 advantage. Less than 30 seconds later the Storm tacked on a fourth straight goal in the half, when Bohn found the back of the net, to make the score 11-5. The Cardinals halted the Storm run with a free position goal. Mathis provided the Storm with a 12-6 lead when she scored a free position goal with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game. Less than a minute later the Storm continued to dominate the half as A. Spin found the back of the net. The Storm took an eight goal lead when C. Spin scored off a feed from Crawford, with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. A. Spin scored her third goal of the game and gave the Storm a 15-6 lead with six minutes remaining in the game. The Storm put the game away when C. Spin put the Storm up 10 with four minutes to play. Lake Erie won the game 16-6.
The Storm was led by Mathis as she had five goals, and three groundballs. Crawford, A.Spin, and C. Spin all pitched in with three goals in the game. The Storm defense was led by Breana Moser (Gahanna, Ohio / Gahanna) as she had six draw controls, five groundballs, and a caused turnover.
Harmony Moore (Farmington, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy) was in net for the Storm, she faced 16 shots, 12 of which were on goal, and made six saves.
Lake Erie will return to action Sunday (March 26) when they host Alderson-Broaddus with the game set to start at 12 p.m.