PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team completed a five goal comeback in the second half as they defeated the University of Findlay Oilers 14-12 on Friday (April 13) night at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
Lake Erie trailed 9-5 with 27 minutes left and outscored the Oilers 8-5 over the final 27 minutes. The Storm won their ninth straight game, a program record.
Findlay opened the game with a goal two and a half minutes in. One minute later, Riley Heffron (Livermore, Ca. / Granada) scored on an assist from Anna Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn), tying the game at one. The Oilers scored two goals before Haley Andersen (Henderson, Nev. / Coronado) responded off of an A. Spin assist with twenty minutes left in the first half. Findlay pushed the advantage to three with two straight goals and led 5-2 with 18 minutes to go. After seven minutes of scoreless action, Taylor Mathis (Corning, N.Y. / Corning) scored her 29th goal of the season. Another seven scoreless minutes passed until Findlay scored two straight goals. With two minutes left, the A. Spin to Andersen connection worked as they teamed up for Andersen's second goal of the night. Lake Erie trailed 7-4 at the half.
The Oilers opened the second half with two straight goals over the first three minutes. Lake Erie scored three straight goals as they trimmed the lead to 9-7 with 23 minutes. A. Spin scored once and assisted on a goal from Heffron while Mathis added an unassisted goal. Three minutes later, Findlay converted a man up opportunity with 20 minutes left, holding a 10-7 lead. Cecilia Spin (Auburn, N.Y. / Auburn) and A. Spin went back-to-back on free position shots over the next five minutes. The Storm pulled within one, 10-9 with 15 minutes left. Findlay quickly regained a two goal lead one minute later. Meagan Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) scored an unassisted goal with 12 minutes remaining. A. Spin tied the game at 11 with a goal from a Mathis feed three minutes after. Thirty seconds later, A. Spin gave the Storm a 12-11 lead with a free position shot. The Oilers quickly tied the game at 12. Heffron put the Storm up 13-12 off of an A. Spin assist with 4:06 left. A. Spin iced the game with her fifth goal of the night with 3:24 to go. Lake Erie completed the comeback with a 14-12 win over the Oilers.
A. Spin tied her G-MAC record with ten points in the game off five goals and five assists. She also had six draw controls. Heffron scored three goals, including the game winner while grabbing two groundballs. Mathis had two goals, one assist and had a team-high seven draw controls. Andersen scored two goals for the Storm. Anastasia Crawford (Corning, N.Y. / Corning Painted Post East) picked up three groundballs and controlled two draws. Maxwell had four groundballs along with her one goal. Chloe Nottingham (New Westminister, B.C. / New Westminister Secondary) had a team-high five groundballs and three caused turnovers.
The Storm will return to the field on Friday (April 20) at Davis & Elkins at 6:00 PM.