PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The 11th-ranked Lake Erie Storm men's lacrosse team were unable to overcome a fast start by 7th-ranked Seton Hill University, as the Griffins defeated the Storm 16-8 in a East Coast Athletic Conference in Painesville on Saturday (March 30).
Seton Hill got off to a fast start in the first quarter. Matt Delmonico scored a man-up goal for the game's first goal five minutes into play. The Griffins continued to find the back of the net in the first quarter, scoring the game's first six goals before senior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) picked up the rebound off a Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) shot and scored in the final second of the quarter.
The Storm picked up right where they left off going into the second quarter, with MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) scoring 13 seconds in to cut the lead to 6-2. Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) scored on a man-up goal two minutes later to make it 6-3. However, Seton Hill responded by scoring three unanswered goals to close out the half with a 9-3 advantage.
The Griffin's momentum carried into the second-half as they stretched their lead 13-3. Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and Bal added goals late in the quarter to cut the lead to 13-5. After Seton Hill added two more goals to start the fourth, Becker, Trevor Tarte (Amhertsburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) and Will Mulcahy (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia) scored for the Storm but it was not enough to overcome the Griffins.
Becker ended the day with three points on two goals and one assist to lead the Storm. Bal scored two goals while MacGregor, Jurek, Mulcahy and Tarte all added one apiece. Harding and Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) had an assist apiece. Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made nine saves in the loss. Lake led in groundballs 33-22.
Taylor Mansfield led Seton Hill with eight points on five goals and three assists. Chris Isle made 14 saves in net.
The Storm return to action on Tuesday for an ECAC game at Alderson-Broaddus College.