VIENNA, W. VA. – Behind a school, single-game record 10 goals from junior Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep), the 12th-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team overcame a slow start by throttling host Ohio Valley University, 21-3, on Thursday afternoon (April 25) in an East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League contest at Stadium Field in Vienna, W. Va.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, the Storm (10-3, 5-2 ECAC) scored 21 of the next 22 goals in the contest, including 15 straight at one point. Senior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) got the ball rolling while Tarte and senior Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) added goals to make it 3-2 after the first period.
Tarte scored three times, Bal twice and French and junior Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop Jones Mahoney) also scored as the Storm grew its lead to 10-2 at halftime.
The offensive attack kept coming after halftime, with Tarte scoring four of Lake Erie's five third-period goals as the Storm lead grew to 15-2. Kyle Aylesworth scored his second goal of the game with 1:26 left in the third to break Ohio Valley's (6-10, 2-5 ECAC) drought.
Lake Erie added six more goals in the fourth quarter, including a pair by Tarte to make him the first Lake Erie player to reach double figures and points in a single game. He broke his own school record of seven, which he had done twice, and broke Bal's record of nine points set just 12 days ago in a win over Walsh University.
Bal, the reigning ECAC D2 Offensive Player of the Week, finished with four goals and four assists for eight points. French scored three goals and freshman Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) had three assists.
Freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made seven saves and allowed three goals in 60 minutes of action in goal.
The win, which was the second straight and sixth in seven games for the Storm, gives Lake Erie 10 wins in a season for the first time in the program's four-year history.
The Storm close out the regular season with a nonconference, regional game Sunday, April 27, at Wingate University for the team's final contest before next weekend's ECAC Division II playoffs.