PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (6-6, 0-4 ECC) was tied 5-5 with #12 Dowling College (7-4, 3-0 ECC) with under six minutes to play in the first half but the Golden Lions closed the half with seven straight goals en route to a 24-13 win at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.
The Storm is still in search of their first win over a ranked program.
Sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) led Lake Erie's efforts with four goals and an assist. Junior Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) had three goals and added a pair of assists while sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) scored two goals. Junior Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y/Auburn) added a goal and an assist.
Lake Erie scored the game's first goal on a Kudla free position attempt and took a 2-1 lead at 23:00 when freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) scored from Rabuano. Dowling scored two straight goals before Lake Erie tied the game at 3-3 when a full field pass set up a goal by West on a dish from classmate Mendoza. Dowling moved ahead 5-3 before goals by Mendoza and Rabuano tied the score with 8:44 in the half. The score stayed that way until the Golden Lions scored with 5:13 to play in the half, the first of seven straight goals over a 4:48 span to give the visitors a 12-5 advantage at the break.
Mendoza opened the second half scoring at 26:35 to end the Dowling run and got on the board again at 25:36 to make the score 12-7. The Golden Lions stalled the Storm threat with three straight goals before junior Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) scored from Kudla to get the score to 15-8 at 21:13. It was as close the Lake Erie as Dowling took its first double digit lead at 9:55, 21-11.
In goal for the Storm, sophomore Emily Rock (Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West) made 11 saves.
Draw controls were nearly even in the contest, with Lake Erie holding a slight 20-19 edge but turnovers were the difference as the Storm committed 19 while the Golden Lions had just eight.
Lake Erie will be in action at Britt Stadium Sunday at noon as it looks for its first conference win against the University of Bridgeport.