BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team outscored Lees-McRae College by a 9-3 margin in the second and third quarters en route to a 14-9 win on Monday evening at Tate Field.
Lake Erie (1-1) edged the Bobcats (0-5) by a 14-11 margin in face-off wins, and held a 31-21 advantage in ground balls, as Lees-McRae outshot the Storm 44-37 on the day. Lees-McRae's Danny Ives (Cheadle, Cheshire, England) notched a hat trick with three goals, while Kyle Ficken (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) added wo scores and one assist to pace the Bobcats. Ives also joined Ficken, Josh Shingleton (Temecula, Calif.), and Nathan Hammer (Cary, N.C.) with one assist each.
Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) led the way for Lake Erie with a game-high four goals, while Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y.) added a hat trick and Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio) and MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada) each chipped in a pair of tallies. Winston John (Salamanca, N.Y.), Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y.), Joe Kudla (Harleysville, Pa.), and Trevor Tate (Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada) each added an assist for the Storm.
Lees-McRae opened the scoring just eight seconds into the game, taking an early 1-0 lead on Sean yan's (Cary, N.C.) first career goal. The teams would trade goals over the course of the first period, with Bal evening the score at 2-2 with his first of the day at the 2:34 mark. Ives answered in the waning seconds of the period, finding the back of the net off a Shingleton pass with just one tick left on the clock to give the Bobcats a 3-2 advantage.
Ives added his second of the game six minutes into the second quarter, giving the Bobcats a 4-2 lead off a nifty pass from Hammer at the 9:07 mark. Lake Erie responded with a four-goal surge, claiming a 6-4 lead on Becker's first goal of the day with 6:23 left in the period. After Shingleton cut the margin to 6-5 at the 4:22 mark, the Storm's Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa.) made a terrific run down the seam and tallied the shorthanded goal to send Lake Erie into the intermission with a 7-5 advantage.
The Bobcats answered midway through the third quarter, cutting the lead to 7-6 on Bretty Yusiewicz's (Chapel Hill, N.C.) second goal of the campaign before Lake Erie answered, scoring four straight goals to claim an 11-6 advantage on Bal's third of the day.
Lees-McRae fought back in the early moments of the fourth, netting a pair of quick goals to cut the margin to 11-8 on Ficken's power play strike at the 13:45 mark. Lake Erie would answer once again, scoring three goals in a two and a half minute span to push the lead to 14-8 and clinch the victory.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday when the Bobcats travel to Bethesda, Md. to take on fourth-ranked Le Moyne College in a neutral site game on the campus of Essex Community College at noon.
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