2013 Storm Review: Men’s Lacrosse

Over the next few days, there will be a recap of all the Storm spring seasons: one for each sport. Some of the pieces will have comments from the coaches and some will not.

In the first three years of the program, the Storm men’s lacrosse went a combined 17-25. In 2013, the Storm made history with a 12-5 record on the year. The school record in wins was not the only history being made. The team qualified for the ECAC tournament and they even made the NCAA D2 tournament as the at-large bid.

Record: 12-5 (.706)

  • Home: 3-3
  • Away: 8-2
  • Neutral: 1-0
  • Conference: 5-2

Notes: All five losses for the Storm came to ranked teams (at the time). At home, the Storm fell to Merrimack, Seton Hill and Mercyhurst. The Merrimack and Mercyhurst games at the Britt were one run games in the final seconds, but the upset did not occur.  They fell two more times on the road to Mercyhurst, once in the ECAC title game and again in the NCAA Tourney. #1 Mercyhurst defeated the Storm three games en route to the NCAA title game, where they dropped to Le Moyne.

The Storm finished third in the ECAC regular season to become the three seed in the Tournament. They knocked Seton Hill to advance to the title game against Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst held on for the ECAC championship. The win against Seton Hill seemed to please the NCAA committee as they awarded Lake Erie with a third rematch with Mercyhurst despite two losses already.

Streaks: The Storm did not lose back-to-back games until the last two games of the season against the Lakers. There were three winning streaks of three games plus. (2 4 game and 1 3 game streaks)

High Point: 5/3 following a 12-10 win over Seton Hill in the ECAC Semifinal, guaranteeing them a rematch with #1 Mercyhurst as well as learning about the NCAA Tournament bid.

Low Point: 5/11 after NCAA Tournament loss to Mercyhurst, dropped two straight to the Lakers

Team Stats:

Stat

Overall

ECAC Rank

Conference Stats

ECAC Rank

Games

17   7  
Goals

245

2 105 3
Assists 130 3 54 T-4
Shot % 32.3% 3 32.5% 4
Shots 759 2 323 3
Groundballs 601 1 263 2
Face-offs 236-427 7th most 105-182 5th most
Face-off % 55.3%   57.7%  
Saves 153 6 63 6
Goals Allowed 133 3rd lowest 58

3rd lowest

Players: The Storm was led by senior Keegan Bal and junior Trevor Tarte on the offensive side of the ball. Bal was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year by the league coaches. Tarte led the league with 63 goals and Bal followed with 47 goals on the year.

Individual Leaders:

Player Goals Assists Points Shots Shots %
Trevor Tarte 63 (1st in ECAC) 8 71 (3rd in ECAC) 131 (1st in ECAC) 48.1%
Keegan Bal 47 (2nd in ECAC) 36 (2nd in ECAC) 83 (1st in ECAC) 117 (3rd in ECAC) 40.1%
Reagan Harding 34 8 42 128 (2nd in ECAC) 26.6%
MacGregor Johnston 21 8 29 72 29.2%
Josh Becker 17 22 39 57 29.8%
JoeyJohn French 16 15 31 57 31.4%
Ryan Jurek 16 6 22 73 21.9%

Seniors: 13

The Storm said goodbye to a record-high 13 seniors after the season. Most of the seniors were there from the beginning of the program.  The following players were honored on Senior Day: Keegan Bal, Josh Becker, JoeyJohn French, Andrew Stockton, Matt Curcio, Bill Desiderio, Joe Kudla, Chris Manley, Levi Jacob, Nathan Mash, Dylan White, Alex Wisner, Ian Wolfe.

Awards: The Storm racked up many awards throughout the season. 5 different players won a combined eight weekly awards while seven players won post-season awards.

  • 3/4: Keegan Bal- ECAC D2 Offensive Player of the Week
  • 3/11: Trevor Tarte- ECAC D2 Offensive Player of the Week
  • 3/11: Ryan Jurek- ECAC D2 Rookie of the Week
  • 3/26: Justin Goodwin- ECAC D2 Defensive Player of the Week
  • 4/9: Keegan Bal- ECAC D2 Offensive Player of the Week
  • 4/9: Justin Goodwin- ECAC D2 Defensive Player of the Week
  • 4/22: Keegan Bal- ECAC D2 Offensive Player of the Week
  • 4/29: Bill Desiderio- ECAC D2 Specialist of the Week
  • 5/1: Keegan Bal- ECAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • 5/1: Greg Stocks- ECAC Coach of the Year
  • 5/1: All-ECAC First Team: Keegan Bal, Reagan Harding, Justin Goodwin
  • 5/1: All-ECAC Second Team: Trevor Tarte, Josh Becker, Bill Desiderio
  • 5/1: All-ECAC Rookie Team: Tom Lipomi
  • 5/21: USILA All-American 2nd Team: Reagan Harding, Keegan Bal
  • 5/21: USILA All-American Honorable Mention: Justin Goodwin

Offensive Player of the Year: Keegan Bal

This was a tough race to call between Bal and Tarte but I felt that Bal made more of an offensive input then Tarte over the year. Bal finished the regular season with 43 goals and 31 assists for a single season school-record 74 points. He picked up 23 goals and 19 assists in conference play and led the league in points and was third in goal scoring.  Bal was named Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season and was third in points scored in NCAA Division II. Including the postseason, Bal ended with 83 points, 47 goals with 36 assists.   His goals total ranked second on the team and ninth nationally while he was fourth in total scoring in Division II.  The ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection earlier this postseason, Bal leaves Lake Erie as the school’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points.

Defensive Specialist of the Year: Bill Desiderio

Desiderio finished the year with a faceoff record of 212-376, both highs in the conference. He won 56% of his faceoffs, which was third in the league. Along with the ability to win faceoffs, he picked up 89 groundballs, third in the league behind teammate Justin Goodwin in second. He won specialist of the week back in April.

Rookie of the Year: Tom Lipomi and Ryan Jurek

It was hard to pick just one player for Rookie of the Year so I chose both candidates. Lipomi came in as a freshman to become the starting goalkeeper for the Storm. He had a record of 12-5 for the year as he saved 122 shots. He was fifth in the league in saves. He allowed 113 goals which was the fifth least amount of goals allowed. He averaged 7.96 goals per game which was second lowest in the league. Jurek joined the team and made an impact in the first few games. Jurek was tied for 6th on the team with 16 goals and added six points to end the season with 22 points. Jurek won Rookie of the Week as Lipomi was named to the All-Rookie Team at the end of the season. 

Coach Greg Stocks and assistant coach Steve Gartelman will have a clear goal for next season based off of the success of 2013, and that would be “Finish at the Top.” 

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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