(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - Eight consecutive goals to start the second quarter helped propel Lake Erie to a dominating win over Wheeling Jesuit by a score of 20-10 at Jack Britt Stadium on Saturday evening. The win against the Cardinals (3-8, 1-2) was the second-straight G-MAC win for the Storm (2-7, 2-1).
It actually was Wheeling Jesuit that got off to a hot start with two quick goals, but Matt Cromie was just as quick to answer with a pair of goals of his own to spark the Storm attack en route to a new season-high in goals. Soon after Patrick Bay and Blain Wallace added goals to put the Green and White up 4-2 just over five minutes into the game. Lake Erie never trailed again.
Cromie was just getting started as well. He finished with a season-best five goals and an assist for six points. Eventually the offensive torch was passed along to Micah Daigle who added four goals. Tim Bay provided five points on two goals and three assists, while Wallace added four on two goals and two assists.
Defensively Lake Erie was dominant as well as the Storm picked up 40 ground balls. Bret Swan provided a good chunk of them with 14 thanks to yet another commanding night in the circle where he won 20-of-33 faceoffs. Kyle Barna added five ground balls and Tyler Manning followed with four.
Between the pipes, Conor Sharkey played the full game and was over 50 percent on save percentage with 13 saves. He faced a total of 37 shots.
Lake Erie will return to action Tuesday when it heads to New York to take on Roberts Wesleyan in a rescheduled date from earlier in the season. Faceoff with the Redhawks is set for 4 p.m.