PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite a late charge, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team never could overcome an early four-goal deficit in a 12-9 loss to eighth-ranked Mercy College in an East Coast Conference game Saturday (April 2) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
The Storm (3-4, 1-3 ECC) had a 44-28 advantage in shots, but converted under 20 percent of those attempts into goals, and scored four times in the final five minutes but it wasn't enough to prevent a third straight league setback.
Mercy (8-1, 4-1 ECC)scored four goals in the opening eight minutes of the first quarter before the Storm got on the board with a goal by sophomores Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca). Patrick Hodapp added his second goal of the game and Sal Spinelli scored in the last minute of the quarter to make it a 6-1 game after one.
Freshman MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) connected three minutes into the second quarter to cut the deficit to four. Lake Erie continued to fire away at the net, outshooting Mercy 16-7 in the period. Sophomore Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) converted on a man-up opportunity to make it a 6-3 game with five minutes left in the half. But less than a minute later, Mike Marzocca scored to put the Mavericks back up four at 7-3, a lead they would take into halftime.
Spinelli and Patrick Hodapp each scored early in the third for a 9-3 lead. Freshman Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) picked up the Storm's fourth goal and French added another to bring the Storm back within four, but Mercy pushed the lead back to five at 10-5 heading into the fourth.
The Mavericks scored twice early in the final frame to push the lead back to six. Sophomore Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) connected for Lake Erie with five minutes to go and classmate Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) tallied one a minute later to make it 12-7.
Less than 30 seconds after that, Becker scored his second of the game to again reduce the deficit to four. Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) scored at the final horn.
Becker and Frech led Lake Erie with two goals apiece. French, Curcio and Johnston each had assists. Ian Wolfe (Bridgevile, Pa./Chariters Valley) made 10 saves.
Mercy, which won its third straight, won 15-of-24 face offs and goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo made 14 saves. The Mavericks got four goals from Hodapp, three from Spinellis and two from Nick Fitzgerald.
The Storm continues its three game homestand next Friday, April 8, with an ECC game against third-ranked Dowling Collegeat Britt Stadium.