ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Lake Erie won by its widest margin since March 22, defeating Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.), 14-1, in a non-conference road clash on Wednesday.
The Storm (7-3) got a combined 11 points from Trevor Tarte and Macgregor Johnston, and Justin Goodwin had a monster field game, garnering nine ground balls and six caused turnovers. With the victory Lake Erie has now won seven games in a row.
In falling at home, Roberts Wesleyan (6-6) lost its fifth straight game.
Trevor Tarte opened the game's scoring early in the first with his 23rd goal of the season. Tarte's game-opening netfinder would be the only tally of the game until Macgregor Johnston scored with five seconds remaining in the first quarter. With Lake Erie's Tom Lipomi making six first-quarter saves, the Storm went into the second stanza leading the Redhawks, 2-0.
Freshman Austin Bishop netted his 17th of the season with a goal midway through the second. Johnston scored his second goal of the game later in the second, and those were the only two goals of the second quarter.
The dyke then broke, unleashing a torrent of Storm goals in the third. LEC scored in the second, third and fourth minutes to up its lead to 7-0 by the 11-minute mark. Lake Erie went on to outscore the Redhawks, 6-0, in the second, with five different players scoring the LEC goals.
Roberts didn't get on the board until midway through the fourth when Seth Miller scored at 7:11. Lipomi was a big reason behind the near-shutout – he tallied 10 saves in 51 minutes of action.
The Lake Erie offense was paced by Tarte (four goals, one assist), Johnston (three goals, three assists), Bishop (two goals, one assist) and Ryan Jurek (two goals, one assist). The Storm outshot the Redhawks, 56-26, with LEC's total being its third-highest of the season.
The leaders in the eight-team East Coast Athletic Conference standings will return to league play on Friday when they host Walsh (4 p.m. start time).