2013 Storm Review: Women’s Lacrosse

Over the next few weeks, there will be a recap of all the Storm spring seasons: one for each sport. Some of the pieces will have comments from the coaches and some will not.

Here are links to the first two parts of the series:

Men’s Lacrosse

Softball

In the first three years of the program, the team has a record of 17-30. In 2013, the team nearly matched the three-year total with 13 wins in the best season in the program’s short history. While former head coach Laura Maness won 10 games in two years. Head coach Jillian Howley became the all-time winningest coach by the end of the year with 20 wins. Participating in the all new GLIAC conference in 2o13, the team also won a all-time record seven conference games.

Record: 13-5 (.722)

  • Home: 6-2
  • Away: 5-3
  • Neutral: 2-0
  • Conference: 7-1 (.875)

Notes: The Storm lost five games throughout the entire season, with four games being out-of-state opponents. They fell to Mercyhurst, Bloomsburg and Grand Valley State on the road. The only true home loss during the season was Gannon in a non-conference rescheduled game. The Storm lost to Tiffin in the GLIAC tournament while playing as the home team in the semifinal. Grand Valley State ended up winning the GLIAC tournament over Tiffin. The Storm finished second in the regular season standings behind Grand Valley State. Lake Erie would be the #2 seed in the tournament.

Streaks: The Storm pulled off three winning streaks of three or more games during the year. The team started 3-0 before dropping two straight (the only double losing streak). They lost two of third in between a four and five game winning streak, respectively.

High Point: 13-4 before the GLIAC Tournament, the team has high hopes considering the regular season success in GLIAC

Low Point: 3-2 on 3/16 after dropping back-to-back games for only time, and the season-ending loss to Tiffin in the GLIAC tournament on 5/3

Team Stats:

Stat Overall GLIAC Rank Conference GLIAC Rank
Games 18 8
Goals 298 1 151 2
Assists 182 1 100 1
Shots 513 3 247 5
Shot % 58.1% 1 61.1% 1
Groundballs 354 5 158 7
Draw Controls 252 4 128 4
Saves 120 3 54 T-6
Goals Allowed 120 3 61 2nd lowest
Free Position Shots 28-59 4 13-25 3
FPS % 47.5% 52%
Shots on Goal 439 1 208 4
SOG % 85.6% 1 84.2 1

Players: The Storm could look to a lot of different players on the offensive front. With the deep senior class leaving and the new freshman class, the Storm could have a tough time finding a groove. Do  not count out the current players like Abu-Kwiek, West and Schock as they are poised for a big year in 2014.

Individual Leaders:

Player Goals Assists Points Shots Shot %
Meredith Howe 70 (3rd in GLIAC/4th in NCAA D2) 27 (5th in GLIAC) 97 (3rd in GLIAC) 109 (5th in GLIAC) 64.2%
Hana Abu-Kwiek 53 11 64 98 54.1%
Ashriel West 47 31 (4th in GLIAC) 78 88 53.4%
Julia Kudla 46 86 (1st in GLIAC/2nd in NCAA D2) 132 (2nd in GLIAC/3rd in NCAA D2) 67 68.7%
Michaela Schock 33 6 39 52 63.5%
Samantha Gryba 16 5 21 33 48.5%
Brittney Rabuano 15 6 21 32 46.9%

Seniors: 6

The Storm said goodbye to six seniors after the historical season. Those seniors are Meredith Howe, Julia Kudla, Brittney Rabuano, Kim Dang, Allison Trombetti, and Morgan Williams. Coach Howley and Coach Martin will miss the girls that graduated considering most of them have been instrumental in building the program. Since the program began in 2010, the team has scored 856 goals. The 6 seniors has accounted for 534 goals or roughly 62% of the offense. In the inaugural year, five of the six seniors scored 176 of the 189 goals during the season as freshman. The program signed seven recruits in the offseason to fill the spots left behind by these great  players.

Awards: Seniors Julia Kudla and Meredith Howe combined to win three weekly awards throughout the season. Six players were honored with awards after the season was over.

  • 3/13: Julia Kudla- GLIAC Player of the Week
  • 3/26: Meredith Howe- GLIAC Player of the Week
  • 4/23: Julia Kudla- GLIAC Player of the Week
  • 5/3: All-GLIAC First Team: Julia Kudla, Meredith Howe, and Alex Freeman
  • 5/3: All-GLIAC Second Team: Hana Abu-Kwiek, Samantha Gryba, Katie Holden

Offensive Player of the Year: Julia Kudla

The race for Offensive Player of the Year was a close one but Julia Kudla had the better stats to get the call. Meredith Howe finished a close second. Here is why I gave Kudla the nod: Howe scored 70 goals on the year to go along with 27 assists. Kudla was fourth on the team with 46 goals but she had a record high 86 assists this season. Howe accounted for 97 points total and Kudla finished the campaign with 132 points. Kudla was involved in more scoring opportunities with all of the assists. A cool stat from the year, Howe and Kudla scored 38% of all goals this season. It was a tough call to make and it could go either way.

Defensive Player of the Year: Hana Abu-Kwiek

This one I just changed prior to finalizing the blog. I chose Kudla again for defensive purposes but I rethought the choice. Hana Abu-Kwiek picked up 52 groundballs this season to go with controlling 46 draws. She made 25 turnovers but caused 27 turnovers on defense. Julia Kudla had identical numbers on that front. 51 groundballs, 52 draw controls, but 43 turnovers with 9 caused. The turnover numbers are what sold me on Abu-Kwiek. She was the best player on defensive front with her great speed and also her ability to get the ball and put it in the back of the net.

Rookie of the Year: Katie Holden

The Storm only had two freshman join the team but had two other upperclassman play for the first year. Three of them did not make much of an impact leaving one to stand out as the top Rookie. Katie Holden took over the net to begin the year and she held her own. On the year, she saved 81 shots but allowed 128 goals. The number is high but it will come down as she becomes more adapted to the position. She saved 38.8% of shots en route to a 12-4 record. The good thing was that the offense scored so much to offset the high number of goals allowed.

The Storm had a great season that fell short of the GLIAC title. It remains to be seen on how the team will come back for the next season and where they will go. I would like to see this team follow the footsteps of the men’s lacrosse team and break some more barriers in the future.

Up Next for the Series: Baseball

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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