PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team ended its season with a flurry, scoring seven times in the fourth quarter to pull away from visiting Molloy College on Sunday (May 6) and earn a 14-8 victory in its final East Coast Conference contest.
After being tied 2-2 at halftime, Lake Erie (7-7, 4-6 ECC) scored the first three goals of the second half to take the lead. Molloy tied it at 5-5 and again at 6-6 before junior Keegan Bal (Colquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) scored with 1:44 to go in the third and make it 7-6.
The Storm then scored five times in the first eight minutes of the final period, including three goals by Bal, to take a commanding 12-6 lead.
Bal led the way with a season-high five goals and also added a pair of assists for a team-high seven points. Sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) scored three times and classmate MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, B.C./Dover Bay) had two goals to aid the Storm.
Kenny Lutz scored seven of Molloy's eight goals. Anthony Marino had the other.
Junior Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Southview) made nine saves in goal to earn the win. Glen Greubel took the loss for Molloy, despite 21 saves.
Lake Erie dominated nearly every statistical category, holding convincing edges in shots (46-24), ground balls (33-21), and fewer turnoers (14-27), but the Storm also committed 11 penalties enabling Molloy to score five times on man-up opportunities.
The Storm finished with an even .500 record for the second straight season and also went 4-6 in the ECC for the second year in a row. Lake Erie will join the newly formed East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Lacrosse League next spring.