PERRY, Ohio – The Lake Erie men's lacrosse team used an
explosive second quarter to pull away from visiting nonconference
foe Walsh University on Friday (April 9) night at Perry High
School's Alumni Stadium.
The Storm, which led 3-2 after the first quarter, out-scored the
Cavaliers, 10-1, in the second stanza on its way to a 20-4 win.
The 10 goals in the quarter – four of which came on
extra-man opportunities – are just one shy of the Storm's
previous-high for a game.
“We decided in the break after the first quarter that we
needed to be more aggressive attacking the net,” said Lake
Erie head coach Greg Stocks.
The Storm (3-4, 1-3 ECC) attempted 35 shots in the first half
alone and won that battle, 52-12, for the game.
Lake Erie took a quick 2-0 lead in the first 2:12 of the game,
getting goals from Josh Becker
(Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) and Joeyjohn
French (Tully, N.Y./Tully).
Walsh tied the game in the next 90 seconds before both teams
settled in. Andrew
Donatelli (Galena, Ohio/Olentangy) re-gained the lead
for the Storm off an assist from Becker.
The Cavaliers (2-1) actually opened up the scoring in the
one-sided second quarter with a goal just 14 seconds after the
From there it was all Storm, which capitalized on 4-of-5
powerplay chances in the quarter. Becker scored twice in the
quarter while Kyle Larsen
(Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) scored three goals in a row at
one point – two of which were assisted by French.
The Storm also scored three times in the final minute of the
half as the Cavaliers struggled clearing the ball out of its
defensive zone. Walsh was successful on just eight of its 19 clear
attempts in the game.
“It was huge for us to put up that big number in the
second quarter,” Stocks said. “We were able to put the
game away at that point and go into halftime with a new game plan
for the second half.”
With a commanding 13-3 lead, the Storm used the rest of the game
to work some kinks out of its offensive and defensive games. The
Cavaliers had just four shots in the second half and the Storm took
only three shots in the fourth quarter as it ran out the clock.
“It was good for us to work on some things that helped us
win tonight and that will help us as we grow up and move into the
later part of the season,” Stocks said.
Lake Erie leading scorer Keegan Bal
(Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) finished with seven
points on the night with four goals and three assists. Becker also
had seven points with a Storm season-high five goals and two
French matched Bal with three assists. Larsen and Donatelli had
three goals apiece while Matthew
Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) and Colin
Duncan (Marietta, N.Y./Manlius Pebble Hill/Siena) each
had two goals.
Alex Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview)
picked up the win, but needed to make only one save in his 30
minutes of work before he gave way to Ian Wolfe
(Bridgeville, Pa./Chariters Valley) and Dylan White
(Brockport, N.Y./Brockport) in the second half.
The Storm has just one day off before returning to the field to
finish its four-game homestand on Sunday against Pfeiffer
University at Perry High School's Alumni Stadium at 12 p.m. The
women's lacrosse game against Shepherd will follow at 3 p.m.