GAFFNEY, S.C.-- The fifth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a fast start by the top-ranked Limestone College Saints as they fell 16-6 in the NCAA Division-II Semifinals Sunday (May 17).
The Storm ends the year with a program-best 15-3 record, reaching the top spot in the rankings for the first time.
The Saints got out of the gates fast, scoring five goals in the opening frame. Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) scored the first goal of the game for the Storm midway through the second, but the Saints answered with three straight goals. With just over a minute to play in the half, Cortland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga CC) netted an unassisted goal but the Storm trailed 8-2
Freshman Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored two goals in the third quarter but the Saints offense continued to roll as they netted eight in the frame. The Storm defense kept the Saints off the board in the fourth while Shafer scored two more goals but it was not enough to overcome the Saints advantage.
Shafer's four goals led the Storm offense. He also caused one turnover and picked up one groundball. Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon St. Jude) led the Storm defense with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. In addition to his goal, Goodwin had four groundballs and caused three turnovers. Connor Ryan (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Adrian) also caused three turnovers.
As a team, the Storm caused 15 of the Saints 24 turnovers.