PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A four-goal third period run was not enough to overcome a big early deficit as Lake Erie College (2-4, 0-3 ECC) fell at third-ranked Dowling College (5-1, 5-1 ECC), 18-10 in an East Coast Conference matchup in Brookhaven N.Y.
Lake Erie was led by sophomore attacker Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) with four goals. Tarte is tied for the team-high at 12 goals with sophomore midfielder Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney), who had a pair of goals Saturday. Also with a pair of goals along with two assists was junior attacker Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary). Junior attackers Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) and Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y/Tully) rounded out the scoring for the visitors.
The Golden Lions scored the game's first three goals when the Storm got on the board when Harding scored unassisted. Dowling went on another three goal run before Harding again provided the Storm offense with another unassisted goal at 7:40 of the second period to make the score 6-2. The third-ranked host responded back with a crushing run of five goals in the final 6:42 of the half to take a commanding 11-2 advantage to halftime.
Coming out of the break, Lake Erie played its best lacrosse of the match scoring four straight goals to cut into Dowling's advantage. The Storm got goals from Becker, French, Tarte and Bal to get the score to 11-6 with 5:54 to play in the third period.
It was as close as the Storm would get as Dowling scored the final goal of the third period and two more in the first six minutes of the fourth to push its lead to 14-6. Tarte would net three of his four goals in the final period but each time the Golden Lions had the answer.
Goaltending was important as each team took 44 shots in the contest while putting 30 on goal as Dowling held a 20-12 save advantage.
Lake Erie's power play offense was strong in the game going 3-of-3 on extra man opportunities. Dowling was 3-of-5 with an extra man advantage.
After opening the season with six straight road contests, the Storm will host their home opener next Saturday vs. ECC foe C.W. Post at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium with a 1:00 p.m. start.