May 21, 2013

Storm Lands Three on USILA All-American Team

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PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A season of firsts continued Tuesday (May 21) for the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team with the naming of the program's first All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.  Senior attacker Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) and sophomore midfielder Reagan Hardin (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop Jones Mahoney) were named second-team USILA All-Americans while sophomore defender Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) received honorable mention.

Bal led the Storm with a school, single-season record 83 points and 36 assists while scoring 47 goals.  His goals total ranked second on the team and ninth nationally while he was fourth in total scoring in Division II.  The ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection earlier this postseason, Bal leaves Lake Erie as the school's all-time leader in goals, assists and points.

Both Harding and Goodwin joined Bal on the All-ECAC First Team and the ECAC All-Tournament Team.

Harding was third on the team in both goals (34) and points (42) with those totals ranking as the third highest in a single season in program history.  Three of his goals proved to be game winners and he scored three goals in the ECAC Semifinals win over Seton Hill University and the NCAA first round loss to Mercyhurst University.

Twice named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week during the season, Goodwin led the Storm's much improved defense with a school, single-season record 95 ground balls and a team-leading 24 caused turnovers.  He showed his versatility with the stick as well, adding three goals and two assists on the season.

Harding and Goodwin will return next season to anchor a Storm team that went 12-5 this season and reached the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time under ECAC Coach of the Year Greg Stocks.  The 12 wins are the most in the program's four-year history and 2013 marked the first time the team posted a record over .500 following back-to-back 7-7 seasons. After finishing third in the ECAC Division II Lacrosse League during the regular season, LEC advanced to the championship game of the ECAC Tournament.

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