DOBBS FERRY, N.Y.—The sixth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team came from behind late to defeated 15th-ranked Mercy College, 12-11, Saturday (Feb. 27) in their season opener.
Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) scored the game winning goal in the final minute of the game.
After Mercy struck first, Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen Secondary/Onondaga) tied the game at one. The Mavericks scored the ensuing two goals before the Storm closed the quarter with three straight goals. Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), Mitchell Stokes (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster) and Black-Araujo scored the goals for the Storm.
The Storm's run continued in the second quarter with goals from Black-Araujo and Connor Ward (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston). The Mavericks went on a 3-0 run to tie the game at six before Shafer scored his second goal of the game. In the waning seconds of the half, the Mavericks scored a pair of goals to take an 8-7 lead into the half.
Stokes scored the lone goal of the third quarter off a pass from Bishop to knot the game at eight.
After the Mavericks scored the first goal of the fourth, Shafer scored his third goal of the game. However, the Mavericks scored a pair of goals to take a 11-9 lead with just over five minutes to play.
Shafer came up big for the Storm, scoring two straight goals to tie the game with just under two minutes to play. In the final minute, Shafer found Bishop for the game winning shot.
Shafer ended the game with five goals and two assists to go alongside four groundballs. Black-Araujo netted three goals while Stokes had two goals and an assist. Bishop finished with one goal and two assists. Ward had a goal while Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), Mack Fall (Morgantown, W. Va./University) and Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont./Waterdown District/Pfeiffer) had assists.
Mitchell Shafer had four groundballs while Brett Swan (Acton City, Ont./Halton Hills) and Fall had three apiece.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win in net.
The Storm is back in action March 2 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.