PAINESVILLE, Ohio-The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team hosted #9 Mercy College on Sunday (April 23) afternoon at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
The Storm defeated the Mavericks 11-9.
Lake Erie's Mitchell Stokes (New Westminister, B.C. / New Westminister Secondary) opened the scoring with a goal in the first six minutes of the game. Mercy scored three straight goals for a 3-1 lead before a Lake Erie timeout. Gavin Caulfield (West Seneca, N.Y. / Bishop Timon St. Jude) cut the lead to one before Mercy answered with two straight goals. Stokes assisted on a goal by Edmond Renaud (Carlisle, Ont. / Waterdown District / Pfeiffer) with over a minute left in the first. Brandon Donohue (South Buffalo, N.Y. / Bishop Timon St. Jude) scored 35 seconds later as the Storm trailed 5-4 after the first quarter.
Stokes tied the game at five with his second goal of the game for Lake Erie, off of an assist from Donohue. Both teams were held scoreless for the final 14 minutes of the half.
Stokes gave the Storm a 6-5 lead three minutes into the third quarter with his third score of the day. Lake Erie held the one goal lead after three quarters.
Mercy scored two straight goals to take a 7-6 lead in the fourth quarter. Alex Corbett (Orchard Park, N.Y. / Bishop Timon) tied the game off of a faceoff for the Storm seven seconds later. Stokes followed with his fourth goal less than a minute later. Reed Hnidy (Saskatoon, Sask. / Genesee CC) scored with an assist from Donohue as the Storm pushed the advantage to 9-7. Stokes assisted on his second goal of the game as Tim Bay (Canadaigua, N.Y. / Canadaigua Academy) forced a Mercy timeout with a goal. Lake Erie led 10-7 with 10:26 left in the game. Stokes gave the Storm a four goal lead with his fifth goal of the afternoon. Mercy broke the Storm's run with two goals as the Mavericks trailed 11-9 with four minutes to go. Mercy attempted to score late but the Storm's defense held tough in the closing minutes.
Stokes scored a game-high five goals along with two assists. Donahue had one goal and three assists. Corbett grabbed six groundballs and three caused turnovers along with his one goal scored. Hnidy had four groundballs and three caused turnovers with his goal. Bret Swan (Acton City, Ont. / Halton Hills) won 13-of-22 faceoffs with eight groundballs.
The Storm defense held the Mavericks scoreless for a 35-minute span, covering the last three minutes of the first through the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Lake Erie will host #7 Mercyhurst on Saturday (April 29) in the regular season finale at 1:00 PM.