Record Start Continues as Storm Men Blank Lees-McRae 23-0

Joeyjohn French (Photo courtesy Mount Olive College)
Joeyjohn French (Photo courtesy Mount Olive College)

BOONE, N.C. – The record-setting start for the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse continued Sunday (March 10) with another impressive offensive performance and the most dominant defensive outing in the program's four-year history in a 23-0 rout of host Lees-McRae College.

Freshman Tom Lipomi (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and senior Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) combined to make eight saves and record the first shutout in school history.  The previous low record for goals allowed was three, set just two days again in a 18-3 victory at Mars Hill College. 

The 23 goals were the most ever scored and the 23-goal margin of victory is also the largest for the Storm (3-0), eclipsing the old marks of 20 and 16, respectively.  Lake Erie, which received votes in last week's coaches poll, is unbeaten three games into the season for the first time. The Storm has outscored its first three opponents 57-11.

Junior Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ont./Kiski Prep) led the LEC offensive attach with his second consecutive eight-point game, scoring six goals and adding a pair of assists. Senior Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) also finished with eight points, scoring twice and helping out with a school, single-game record six assists.

Junior Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop Jones Mahoney) scored four goals and had five points while seniors Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) and Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca) each scored twice. Bal added a pair of assists for a four-point afternoon and freshman Mitchell Shafer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) had three assists and a goal.

The Storm also set records for shots (74), points (40) and ground balls (72).  Lake Erie outshot Lees-McRae (0-8) 74-14 and held a 72-28 edge in ground balls. Six different LEC players had at least five groundballs.  The Storm also won 20-of-27 faceoffs in the contest.

Five different players combined for six first-period goals and the Storm had a 9-0 lead at halftime.  Tarte scored four of his six goals in the first half. Becker scored two times during a four-goal third period that extended the lead to 13-0.

The Storm firmly put the game away with a 10-goal fourth quarter, the second time Lake Erie has scored 10 goals in a single period and first since the only other 20-goal game against Walsh University April 9, 2010.

Lipomi made five saves in playing nearly three full quarters.  Wisner played the final 17-plus minutes and stopped three shots. 

Ryan Harrison made 21 saves in net for the Bobcats, who were shutout for the third time this season.

The Storm puts its undefeated record on the line next Saturday, March 16, when it hosts fourth-ranked Merrimack College.  Face-off at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium is set for 2 p.m.