Bal Returns to Form but Storm Stumbles at Mercy, 14-9

Keegan Bal
Keegan Bal

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite four goals from its leading scorer in a match-up of first-year programs, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team dropped a 14-9 East Coast Conference decision to host Mercy College in its penultimate game of the season on Saturday afternoon (May 8) in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Freshman Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) scored four times, breaking out of a three-game slump in which he scored just one time, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Storm (3-10, 1-8 ECC) from suffering its sixth straight loss.

Mercy jumped out to a 4-0 lead and led 6-2 at halftime.  Bal scored twice early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to just 7-4, but the Mavericks scored three straight to push it to a six-goal advantage.

It was 12-5 before the Storm got goals from sophomore John Borowy (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), Andrew Donatelli (Galena, Ohio/Olentangy) and Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) to close the gap to 12-8 with 2:39 left. 

 But John Fitzpatrick scored to break the Storm's momentum and seal the win.

Frank Henenlotter led Mercy (5-10, 3-7 ECC) with four goals and two assists.  Mike Marzocca and Sean Wallin each added three goals. Wallin also had three assists.

The Storm closes out the season on Sunday, May 9, at second-ranked C.W. Post.

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