BETHANY, W. VA. – In keeping the home team off the board for the first 41-plus minutes of the game, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 9-3 victory over Wheeling Jesuit University Wednesday night (March 20) at Bethany College. The game marked the East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League opener for the Storm.
Junior Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) opened the scoring just over three minutes into the contest and classmate Macgregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) followed with a pair of goals to make it a 3-0 game after the first quarter.
Junior Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop Jones Mahoney) scored the only goal of the second quarter to give the Storm (4-1, 1-0 ECAC) a 4-0 halftime lead.
Tarte found the net twice more midway through the third quarter to make it a 6-0 game.
Wheeling Jesuit (6-3, 2-2) finally found its offensive footing and closed out the third quarter with three straight goals from three different players to cut the leaf in half.
But the Storm put the game away with a three-goal fourth, with Harding scoring two goals sandwiched around a fourth goal on the night for Tarte.
The offensive output was more than enough as freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) made it stand up with five saves in 60 minutes.
Tarte finished with four goals and an assist for five points while Harding scored three times and Johnstown added three points.
Lake Erie won 10-of-16 faceoffs and picked up 44 groundballs in the game.
Jim LaPenna made 11 saves in goal for the Cardinals.
The Storm is idle for a week until traveling to Alderson-Broaddus College for an ECAC D2 Lacrosse League contest on Wednesday, March 27.