HARTSVILLE, S.C. – A big first half propelled the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team to a 13-5 nonconference win Saturday night (March 17) at Coker College. The Storm jumped out to a 9-1 lead at halftime and kept that eight-goal margin by the time the game was called due to lightning with about five minutes to play.
Junior Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) scored three times in the first half , including twice during a six-goal second period for Lake Erie (2-2). The Storm led 3-1 after the first quarter, but scored six times on just nine shots in the second frame to break the game open.
Curcio was one of four players to score multiple goals for Lake Erie. Sophomore Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, B.C./Bishop James Mahoney) also scored three times overall, getting a pair in the four quarter. Sophomore Matt Missel (Buffalo, N.Y./Iroquois) and junior Andrew Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchoque-Medford) each scored two times.
The Storm outshot Coker (2-8) 34-21 and held the Cobras to just 1-9 on extra-man opportunities. Steve LeClair and Steve Marciano each scored two times for Coker, which lost its fourth straight.
The game was delayed in the fourth quarter for lightning with 9:54 to play. A second delay four minutes after play resumed resulted in the game being called around 9 p.m.
The Storm, who went 1-1 on their annual Spring Break Trip, return north to resume East Coast Conference play next Saturday, March 24, at Mercy College.