Mar 11, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team recorded the first win in program history with an 8-4 triumph over Otterbein College at Columbus DeSales High School on Thursday (March 11) night.
Lake Erie used a quality defensive effort and a strong fourth quarter to put away the Cardinals.
“This was a great first win for our program,” said Lake Erie head coach Greg Stocks. “This is something we can build off of as we continue to grow throughout this season.”
The Storm picked up a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when freshman attacker Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) drove home a goal off a feed from freshman attacker Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca).
Otterbein and Lake Erie, playing in the first and third games in their programs' respective histories, were tentative in the offensive zone for the remainder of the first quarter.
Freshman attacker Chris Manley (Lilitz, Pa./Warwick) scored early in the second quarter to give Lake Erie a 2-0 lead, but Otterbein scored its first goal in program history on a power play with 5:31 to play in the first half.
Freshman midfielder Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) scored with 1:39 left in the second quarter to give the Storm a 3-1 lead heading into halftime.
Freshman attacker Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) made it 4-1 with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.
“Every time they made a play we were able to respond and keep at least a two-goal lead, which is a great quality to have as a young team.” said Stocks.
Less than two minutes later, the Cardinals cut the lead to 4-2 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Storm added four goals in the fourth, including three in the final eight minutes to secure the program's first win.
Lake Erie won the battle in shots, 42-18, and had a 16-3 advantage in the fourth quarter as the Storm wore down the Cardinals' defense.
“We were really able to apply pressure late and keep them moving defensively,” Stocks said.
Bal had three goals and an assist to lead the Storm's offensive attack, while junior defender Cory Rusinek (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) had a team-high seven ground balls.
Storm freshman goalkeeper Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) stopped eight shots for his first career win.
The Storm will return to the pitch on March 20 at Dominican College. Lake Erie's first home game will be March 24 at Perry High School against Wheeling Jesuit. Face-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.