ERIE, Pa.—The 13th-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team captured their first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Sunday (May 4) with a 9-7 victory over Seton Hill University in Erie, Pa.
The Storm got started right away. After Seton Hill committed a violation on the opening faceoff, Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) found Tarte for the opening goal from 15-yards out. After the Griffins tied it at one, Tarte scored his second goal on a man-up opportunity to give lead back to the Storm. The Griffins provided the answer with two quick goals to take the lead heading into the second quarter.
After back-and-forth possessions to start the second quarter, Harding tied the game at three with a goal assisted by Tarte. Several minutes later, the Griffins regained the lead on a man-up goal but after a big faceoff win by Rashad Brown (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport/Genesee CC/Mars Hill), Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) found Austin Bishop (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) to tie the game. On the ensuing faceoff, Brown had won another big win with Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) picking up the groundball and finding Tarte for his third goal of the half to give the Storm a one goal advantage. Late in the quarter, Seton Hill notched a goal to tie it heading into the half.
On the first possession of the third, Jurek ripped a shot from deep to give the Storm the lead but once again, the Griffins scored the next goal to tie it up. After a huge save by Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), the Storm took the ball down the field and Harding scored his second goal of the game to give the Storm the lead. On a man-up opportunity late in the quarter, Tarte found Harding for this third goal of the game to give the Storm a two goal advantage heading into the final frame.
The Griffins scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to one. After stalemate for several minutes, Lipomi made another big stop on a point-blank shot. The Storm cleared the ball and Bishop scored his second of the game to give the Storm a two goal lead once again. Lipomi continued to shine in the fourth, making several key stops in the final minutes to seal the championship victory.
Harding netted three goals and assisted on one more. Bishop finished with two goals while Jurek also had two points on one goal, one assist.
Lipomi ended the game with eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter. Brown was dominate in the faceoff X, winning 13-of-19 (68.4%) and grabbing five groundballs. Goodwin had a team-high seven groundballs to go with his caused turnover and assist. Kole Robinson (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) had a team-high two caused turnovers and four groundballs. Tarte and Bishop also had four groundballs apiece.
The Storm outshot the Griffins 41-28 and had a 29-18 advantage on groundballs.