ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The 13th-ranked Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team picked up its sixth-straight win Saturday (April 12), defeating ECAC foe Lindenwood University on the road 13-7.
Macgregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover) got things started for the Storm early on, scoring less than a minute into play. After the Lions tied it up, Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) gave the Storm a 2-1 advantage. Harding then assisted Trevor Tarte (Amhertsburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) to take the lead to two. On a man-up opportunity, Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) increased the lead to three on a goal on which Harding picked up his second assist. The Storm continued to roll in the opening frame as Ryan Jurek scored his 14th goal of the season. Tarte then notched his second goal, assist by Will Mulcahy (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia), to close out the first.
After Lindenwood scored the first goal of the second quarter, Tarte broke a stalemate with his third goal to put the Storm back ahead by five at the break.
Once again, Lindenwood scored the first goal of the quarter, but Shafer netted his second goal to keep the Storm lead at five in the third. Harding followed up Shafer's goal with one of his own but a late Lindenwood goal cut the lead to 9-4 heading into the final frame.
Shafer opened up scoring in the fourth quarter with his third, assisted by Mulcahy. After an answer from the Lions, the Storm went on a 3-0 run, with goals by Shafer, Jurek and Andrew Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchoque-Medford) and an assist from Mulcahy. Lindenwood added two goals late but it was not enough as the Storm clinched their sixth straight win.
Shafer led the Storm with four goals. Harding also tallied four points on two goals, two assists. Tarte and Mulcahy had three points each- Tarte on three goals, Mulcahy on three assists. Jurek netted two while Johnston and Stockton had one apiece.
Justin Goodwim (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) led the Storm with six groundballs. Tyler Smoot (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) and Shafer had four while Mitch Redmond (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley), Rashad Brown (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport/Genesee CC/Mars Hill) and Harding had three each. The Storm owned a 37-28 advantage on groundballs.
Brown won 16-of-21 (76%) faceoffs.
Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win net, making 11 saves.
The Storm is back in action Wednesday (April 16) at Roberts Wesleyan College.