PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Second-ranked Mercyhurst College raced out to a 7-0 lead and held the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team's top scorer in check on its way to a 17-3 East Coast Conference win Wednesday afternoon (April 21) at Tullio Field in Erie, Pa.
The Lakers (11-0, 8-0), who entered the game leading the ECC in defense, became the first team to keep freshman attacker Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) without a goal. Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) scored twice for the Storm (3-7, 1-5 ECC) in defeat.
Mercyhurst scored the game's first seven goals before Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) got the Storm on the board with 8:37 left in the second quarter. The Lakers scored five more times in the period to take a 12-1 lead into halftime.
Becker scored twice in the third to make the score 14-3. But the Lakers closed it out with three goals in the fourth to post the final score.
Four players scored at least two goals for Mercyhurst, including three with three goals each. The Lakers outshot the Storm, 50-13, and had a 41-21 edge in groundballs.
Lake Erie, which has dropped three straight, has a week off until hosting Seton Hill University next Wednesday, April 28.
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