Storm Men Crush Mars Hill to Move to 2-0 For First Time

Trevor Tarte (Photo by Mike Slade/Visual Media Productions)

MARS HILL, N.C. – Junior attacker Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) scored seven goals and the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second quarter as the Storm crushed host Mars Hill College 18-3 in nonconference action Friday afternoon (March 8).

Tarte and senior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary), the reigning ECAC Division II Men's Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week, each scored twice in the first quarter as Lake Erie (2-0) took a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Those two and senior Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) scored early in the second as the Storm lead grew to 8-0. After Zach Tomlinson got the Lions (4-2) on the board, Tarte and Becker scored again to make it 10-1 at halftime.

Three players – Tarte, senior JoeyJohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) and junior Macgregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) -   scored two goals apiece in the third period as the Lake Erie advantage grew to 15 at 16-1.

Tarte and freshman Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) added goals – their seventh and third of the game, respectively - in the fourth quarter to finish off the offensive explosion for the Storm.

While the Storm offense was finding the back of the net with plenty regularity, freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) did the job of keeping the Mars Hill offense off the board.  He made seven saves in just over 51 minutes, allowing just two goals.

The Storm held a commanding 47-16 advantage in shots, putting 37 on goal. Patrick McMahon made 19 saves for Mars Hill, but allowed all 18 LEC goals.

Tarte added an assist to finish with eight points on the afternoon. Jurek and Bal scored three goals each while Bal and French each assisted on two goals. Becker had a five-point game with two goals and three assists.

Lake Erie improved to 2-0 for the first time in the program's four-year history.

The Storm travels to Less-McRae College on Sunday, March 10, for a 1 p.m. contest in Banner Elk, N.C.

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