(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – With a playoff bid on the line, Walsh easily punched its ticket to the postseason with a 4-0 shutout of Lake Erie on Friday evening at Milazzo Field. The Cavaliers (9-5-4, 4-4-3) left no doubt to the outcome of the game with a barrage of three goals late in the first half to inundate the Storm (7-10, 2-9).
Defensively Walsh played a solid game as goalies Dani Shambaugh and Mickey McClanahan combined for the Cavs' eighth shutout of the season, fourth-most in the conference. Shambaugh recorded the win and is now 5-3-3 on the year. She made three saves while McClanahan came on midway through the second half and made five saves.
Corynne Swift provided the fireworks on offense as she scored two goals, including the first that gave Walsh the lead at 27:33 on assists from Ashley Dobbins and Olivia Peters. Ten minutes later, Peters slipped one past Lake Erie's keeper for her 13th goal of the season on an assist from Swift.
Brianna Sanborn then got in the mix just two minutes later with an unassisted score at the 39:54 mark to make the score 3-0. That lasted through halftime until Swift scored the final goal of the game on another assist from Peters on a shot that hit off the post and bounced in.
Walsh will be the No. 7 seed in next week's GLIAC Tournament and will head to No. 2 Ashland on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with a start time of 3 p.m. The two teams played back on Sept. 25 with the hosting Eagles winning a 3-2 contest in come-from-behind fashion. The Cavaliers last made the postseason in the 2014 season.