ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The sixth-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team prevailed in overtime against 18th-ranked Lindenwood University 8-7 Saturday (April 9) in ECAC action.
The Storm got off to a hot start, outscoring the Lions 4-0 in the opening quarter. Courtland Black-Araujo (Bowmanville, Ont./St. Stephen/Onondaga CC) scored the first goal of the game just over two minutes in. Edmond Renuad (Carlisle, Ont./Waterdown District/Pfieffer) scored the second goal for the Storm two minutes later. Less than a minute later, Renaud found the back of the once again net off an assist by Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg). After an eight minute scoreless session, Lucas Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) increased the lead to four with an unassisted goal before the end of the quarter.
Minutes into the second quarter, Lucas Shafer scored his second goal, assisted by Mitchell Shafer, in a man-up situation. However, the Lions rattled off four straight goals to cut the lead to one, 5-4. In the final minute of the quarter, Renaud completed his hat trick off an assist by Zach Bruening (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) to give the Storm a two goal lead at the half.
The Lions scored the first goal of the second half, bringing the lead to one. Lucas Shafer provided the answer for the Storm, off an assist by Black-Araujo, however the Lions scored late in the quarter to make it a one goal game heading into the final frame.
In a defensive oriented fourth quarter, the Lions scored the lone goal, forcing overtime.
Bret Swan (Acton, Ont./Halton Hills) won the opening faceoff in overtime. After the Storm called a timeout, Lucas Shafer ended the game by finding the back of the net unassisted.
Lucas Shafer led the Storm with four goals while grabbing four groundballs. Renaud had a hat trick. Mitchell Shafer had two assists while Black-Araujo had a goal and an assist. Bruening also tallied an assist.
Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) and Swan had four groundballs apiece to lead the Storm. Mack Fall (Morgantown, W. Va./University) had three groundballs. Bruening led the Storm with three caused turnovers.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win in net.
Swan won 14-18 faceoffs.
The Storm is back in Painesville next Saturday (April 16) hosting top-ranked Limestone College.