PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team (7-7, 4-6 ECC) closed the 2011 season out strong with an ECC road win at Chestnut Hill University (7-7, 3-7 ECC), 18-12, in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
The win secured the first .500 record or better for the Storm and Head Coach Greg Stocks in just the program's second season. The 7-7 record represents a four win improvement over their inaugural 2010 campaign.
It was a extremely balanced scoring attack for Lake Erie with five players sharing top scorer honors as sophomores Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary), Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson), and Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y/Tully) and freshmen Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) and Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) each had three goals in the contest. Becker also added four assists in the game while Bal closed out the season scoring three goals in each of the last five games.
Chestnut Hill came out of the gates quickly with two goals in the game's first 74 seconds, but Lake Erie answsered back with two of their own and knotted the score at 3-3 after one period when Bal connected from Becker with 1:48 to play in the quarter.
The Griffins scored the first three goals of the second quarter, all coming in an amazing 16 second span, to take their largest lead of the game at 6-3, but Lake Erie remained patient and trailed 7-5 at intermission as Tarte closed the first half scoring after an assist from Larsen.
The third period was all Lake Erie as it scored five of the quarter's six goals to take an 11-8 advantage after three periods. A French goal from Becker wrapped up a stretch of three straight goals to give Lake Erie a 9-7 advantage and Larsen and Bal each scored in the final 38 seconds of the period.
In the final frame, Chestnut Hill cut the Storm lead to just two on a pair of occasions, but a three-goal run midway through the quarter, capped by a French goal assisted by freshman MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay) gave Lake Erie an insurmountable 15-10 advantage with 6:20 to play.
Both teams were firing at the goal with Lake Erie holding a narrow 47-45 advantage in shots. A big key to the win was the Storm converting on 4-of-8 man up chances while the Griffins went 0-of-6.