PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- In the final home game of the season, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team gave seventh-ranked New York Institute of Technology all it could handled, but the upset bid came up just in an 14-11 loss Sunday (May 1) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
Trailing 3-1 miway through the first quarter, the Storm (6-7, 3-6 ECC) battled back to tie it at 4-4 early in the second on a goal by sophomore Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca). But the Bears (10-4, 7-3 ECC) responded with a 4-0 run, including two goals by Ryan Amengual. Becker scored again, his third of the game, to reduce the deficit to 8-5 at halftime.
Sophomore Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson), who had two goals in the first half, scored two-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter to make it an 8-6 game. Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) cut the lead to just one with 7:13 left in the third, but Amengual answered less than 10 seconds later and added another with 5:49 left in the period to push it back to three at 10-7.
Bal got a pass streaking down the sideline from John Borowy (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) a few seconds later for his second goal of the game, making it was 10-8.
The score stayed that way into the fourth when freshman Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) connected for Lake Erie with 12:06 remaining. But less than a minute later, Joe Herman tallied a mark on the Bears' ledger to make it again a two-goal game. Sean Rimmer's behind-the-back goal at 9:12 brought the score to 12-9.
Tarte broke free with seven minutes to go for a 12-10 score. The Storm won the ensuing face-off and Becker fed Bal for the one-timer that again made it a one-goal game at 12-11.
Amengual gave the Bears back the momentum with his seventh goal of the game, coming at 5:53 for a 13-11 score. Later, Amengual drew a double team and dumped off a pass to Mike Palmer to cap the scoring.
The loss snapped the Storm's two-game winning streak. Becker, Bal and Larsen each scored three times while Becker also finished with two assists, tying his season high with five points. Bal meanwhile scored three times for the fourth straight game.
Amengaul led everyone in scoring with his seven goals and also added an assist. Palmer scored twice and helped out on two others for the Bears, who have now won six-of-seven games.
The Storm closes out the 2011 season on the road next Saturday, May 7, at Chestnut Hill University. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.