Storm Men Finish With a Flurry in 16-8 Season-Opening Win at Mt. Olive

Trevor Tarte

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – A seven-goal fourth period and the second career five-goal game for senior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) powered the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team to a 16-8 nonconference victory at Mount Olive College Saturday (March 2) in the Storm's season opener. 

Lake Erie (1-0) led 9-7 heading into the final frame before junior Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) scored twice and sophomore Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) added his second goal of the game to push the Storm lead to 12-7.

After Mount Olive (2-2) scored to make it a four-goal deficit, the Storm tacked on four more goals in the final eight minutes for the final margin.

Tarte, Bal and freshman Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) each scored early to give the Storm a 3-0 lead.  It was 4-1 after the first quarter before the Trojans outscored LEC 5-1 in the second to take the lead before Bal tied it at 6-6 with 11 seconds left before halftime.

Bal scored all three of the Storm's third quarter goals, including one with the Storm down a man and clinging to a one-goal lead.

Tarte finished with four goals while Goodwin and Jurek each scored two goals giving the Storm four multiple-goal scorers on the afternoon. Goodwin also had 10 of the team's 39 ground balls.

In addition to his five goals, Bal assisted on three others giving him a career-high and school, single-game record tying eight points.

Jake Duarte led the Trojans with three goals and four points. The Storm outshot Mount Olive 47-25, including 30 shots on goal.

Freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made eight saves in goal in his college debut, playing all 60 minutes.  Rocky Bowman made 14 saves for Mount Olive.

The Storm is off until Friday, March 8, when they travel to Mars Hill College for a nonconference game.

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