Pair of Four-Goal Runs Propels Storm Men to First Victory, 14-9 at Lees-McCrae

Keegan Bal and Josh Becker
Keegan Bal and Josh Becker

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Seven different players scored goals, including a combined seven by sophomores Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) and Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) as the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team bounced back from its season-opening defeat with a 14-9 victory on the road at Lees-McCrae College in Banner Elk, N.C. on Monday (March 7).

The Storm (1-1) trailed 4-2 early in the second period, but rallied to score four times in a three minute span to take the lead.  After a Bobcat (0-5) score made it a one-goal game, sophomore Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) found the net with the Storm down a man with 3:21 before halftime.

Brett Yusiewicz opened the second half with a goal to get Lees-McCrae back within one, but then Lake Erie responded with another four-goal spree, including a pair by Bal, that made the score 11-6 after three quarters.

The hosts scored twice early in the final frame to close within 11-8, but freshman MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) scored his second goal of the game and Becker and Bal followed with goals of their own to put the Storm comfortably ahead by six with 5:30 to go.

The team's top two scorers a year ago, Bal had four tallies and Becker three as the Storm offense broke out after being limited to just one in a loss at Pfeiffer University on Friday.  For Bal, it was his fourth career four-goal game while Becker .  Sophomore Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) scored twice. Johnston's two goals were the first of his career.

Curcio, freshman Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) and sophomore john Bowry (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) each had a goal.

In net, sophomore Ian Wolfe (Bridgeville, Pa./Chariters Valley) made a career-high 20 saves to earn his first collegiate victory.

The Storm returns home to open East Coast Conference play at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium on Saturday, March 12, against NYIT.

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