PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse program opened its third season with a bang as it picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in team history with an 11-8 upset victory over No. 10 Pfeiffer University on the road in Misenheimer, N.C.
The victory avenges a 18-1 Storm defeat at the hands of the Falcons to open the 2011 campaign.
The Lake Erie attack was led by sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) with five goals. Junior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) had three scores, sophomore MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay) a pair and junior Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) added a goal. Becker helped direct the Storm attack along with sophomore Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) as each had four assists.
In goal for the Storm junior Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) made 10 saves.
The Storm's Becker started scoring with a man-up goal at the 7:08 mark of the first quarter. After Kory Lutes and Tucker Hammock tallied back-to-back to make it 2-1 Falcons, the Storm went on an important run at the end of the period. A Bal strike knotted the score and two back-to-back by Johnson in the final 32 seconds of the period put Lake Erie on top 4-2 after one.
In the second, the Falcons got to within one 1:32 into the period. Lake Erie responded as Bal and Tarte made it 6-3 for the visitors. James Shepherd (St. John, NEW BRUNSWICK) would close out the first half scoring for Pfiffer as Lake Erie led 6-4 at intermission.
Bal would register the lone third quarter goal before Tarte took over the game in the fourth. After Pfeiffer's Justin scored to make it a 7-5 game just over two minutes into the final period, Tarte went on to hit for four-straight goals in a 3:22 span that saw Lake Erie increase its lead to 11-5. The Storm weathered three straight goals from the Falcons late for the final 11-8 margin.
The Storm outshot Pfeiffer 37-26 while scooping up 39 groundballs to the Falcons' 27. Each team committed 23 turnovers while Lake Erie turned 11 Pfeiffer penalty minutes into four goals including two in the final period.
Lake Erie will be in action next on Saturday March 3 as it opens East Coast Conference play with a 1:00 p.m. road tilt at the New York Institute of Technology.