#10 Storm Men Set for Rematch With Seton Hill in ECAC Semifinals

Bill Desiderio (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions, Inc.)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – After the most successful regular season in the program's four-year history, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team makes its postseason debut Friday (May 3) in the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League Tournament.  The Storm, seeded third in the tournament and ranked 10th nationally, will face eighth-ranked and second-seeded Seton Hill University at 2 p.m. at Tullio Field in Erie, Pa.

The winner will face the winner of the other semifinal game between undefeated host and top-ranked Mercyhurst University and fourth-seed Wheeling Jesuit University.

ECAC Tournament Central

THE STORM'S SEASON: Lake Erie won a school-record 11 games during the regular season, posting an 11-3 overall mark and 5-2 ECAC ledger. All three losses came against teams ranked in the top seven nationally at the time of the game.  The Storm won their first three games of the season for the first time and then posted a school, single-season record four-game winning streak midyear.  They closed out the season by winning their final three regular season games.

IN THE RANKS: The Storm has either been ranked or received votes in all 10 United States Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coaches' Poll.  Currently, the Storm is ranked 10th in the USILA Poll, the highest ranking ever for the program. Click here for the Week 10 USILA Poll.

STARS SHINE: Earlier this week, the ECAC announced its all-conference team selections, with seven Storm players earning a spot on the postseason all-star squad.  Leading the way was senior attack Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) who was a first-team pick and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year.  He was joined on the first team by sophomore midfielder Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop Jones Mahoney) and sophomore defender Justin Goodwin (ew Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary).  Named to the All-ECAC Second Team were junior attack Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep), senior midfielder Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) and senior specialist Bill Desiderio (Lancaster, N.Y./Iroquois).  Freshman goalkeeper Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) was named to the All-Rookie Team. Click here for the complete All-ECAC Team Release.

TOP DOG: Fourth-year head coach Greg Stocks was named the ECAC Coach of the Year by his peers after leading the Storm to a number of program firsts.  In the last three years, Stocks has guided the Storm to 25 victories and has a career mark of 28-28.

THE SETON HILL SERIES: Lake Erie is 0-4 all-time against Seton Hill, including a 16-8 loss to the Griffins March 30 at home.  In that game, SHU scored the first six goals of the game and led by as many as 10 in the third quarter.  For a complete recap of that game, click here.

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