Lake Erie reels off nine consecutive first-half goals, beats Wingate 17-7
WINGATE, N.C. -- For the second consecutive game, the visiting Lake Erie spotted its hosts an early lead only to charge back with an impressive offensive showing, this time scoring nine consecutive first-half goals en route to a 17-7 non-conference win at Wingate on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
The victory was the third in a row for the 12th-ranked Storm (11-3), who will face sixth-ranked Seton Hill on Friday, in the semifinals of the East Coast Athletic Conference tournament.
In their final tune-up before postseason play begins, the Storm spotted the Bulldogs (2-14) a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes before reeling off nine consecutive scores to make a 9-1 lead late into the first half. MacGregor Johnston opened the scoring for the Storm while Trevor Tarte scored three times during the nine-goal spurt. Keegan Bal and Joeyjohn French each scored twice in the run as Lake Erie seemingly took control.
However, Wingate mounted a rally, scoring four goals in the final five minutes of the first half to cut into the Storm lead. Lake Erie was up 9-5 going into halftime.
The Lake Erie response came early in the third as Tarte, Bal, French and Reagan Harding each scored during a two-minute stretch that saw the lead extended to 13-6 just 4:25 into the second half.
Harding scored twice in the final frame as the Storm put the game away with a four-goal fourth quarter.
Lake Erie outshot Wingate 49-22 and converted on all three of its man-up opportunities. Bal, Harding and Tarte all finished the game with four goals with Bal also adding two assists for a six-point day. Tarte totaled five points and Josh Becker assisted on four of Lake Erie's 17 goals.
French scored three times while Johnston and Mitchell Shafer had Lake Erie's other two goals.
Tom Lipomi made five saves in goal for the Green and White.
Derek Watts led Wingate with four goals while Travis Price made 12 saves.