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Lake Erie

Storm Rally, Then Hold on to Defeat Lindenwood 14-13

Keegan Bal
Keegan Bal

PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- Behind an eight-goal second quarter, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team rallied from a 7-2 deficit to defeat Lindenwood University, 14-13, in an East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Lacrosse League contest in Painesville Saturday (April 6).

Lindenwood (5-3, 1-2 ECAC) jumped out am early two-goal lead early in the first quarter before freshman Ryan Jurek (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) got the Storm (6-2, 3-1 ECAC) on the board. Following another Lindenwood goal, senior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) scored hist first goal of the game to again bring the margin withing reach. But Lindenwood owned the rest of the first quarter, scoring four straight goals to increase their lead to 7-2. 

After another Lions goal to start the second quarter, the Storm rallied by scoring the next four goals, three from Bal and one from junior Macgregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay), to cut the deficit to 8-6. Lindenwood answered with a man-up goal but once again the Storm rattled off four straight scores, getting two from junior  Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) and one apiece from Bal and Johnston, to own a 10-9 advantage at the half. 

Tarte scored his third goal of the game to increase the Storm lead to 11-9 early in the third quarter. A Lions goal briefly cut the Storm lead to one but goals from Johnston and senior Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) brought the lead back up to four at 13-9. 

The Lions scored late in the third quarter on a man-up and two straight in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13. Bal scored his sixth goal of the game with a little more than ten minutes left to play, which ultimately proved to be the game winner. With less than fifteen seconds to play, the Lions threatened with a man-up opportunity but Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) intercepted a Lions pass and the Storm ran out the clock to seal the win. 

Bal ended the game with seven points on six goals, one assist. Tarte and Johnston scored three goals apiece while Johnston also had two assists. Becker and Jurek had one goal, one assist apiece andjunior  Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney added an assist. Goodwin had a team-high six groundballs and Levi Harding (Johnstown, Ohio/Johnstown-Monroe) had five. Freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) picked up the win in net for the Storm, making nine saves. 

The Storm owned a 20-10 advantage in faceoffs and a slight 34-30 edge in groundballs.

Brandon Stuebling led the Lions with eight points on six goals, two assists. Goalkeeper Jake Redlingshafer made 12 saves in net. 

Lake Erie is back in action Wednesday, April 10, hosting Roberts Wesleyan College in a nonconference match under the lights at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.