PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team was the first Storm spring sport to make its season debut on Friday (March 4), but a disasterous third period got the season off to a rough start in an 18-1 loss at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.
The Storm (0-1) trailed just 3-1 at halftime, but the host Falcons (3-1) scored 10 goals in the third period to break the game open, then tacked on five more in the fourth quarter to post the final margin.
Freshman Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) scored his first collegiate goal at the 8:30 mark of the second quarter to tie the contest at 1-1. James Sheperd and Nick Berkompas scored in the final five minutes of the half for the 3-1 edge at intermission.
That duo combined for four goals in the third to spearhead the Falcons' surge. Shepherd finished with five goals on the day while Berkompas, Tucker Hammock and Steve Tilmon each scored three times.
Lake Erie outshot Pfeiffer 12-6 in the first quarter, but the Falcons held a 39-27 edge for the game. Falcons keeper Kirk Hayden made 13 saves, while Storm goalkeepers combined for 10 stops.
The Storm continues its spring break trip on Monday, March 7, at Less-McRae College.