Thursday, May 2, 2013

Big weekend for Lake Erie College lacrosse

Consider Friday the biggest day in Lake Erie College men's lacrosse history.

The Storm, a four-year-old program, meets Seton Hill (Pa.) in the semifinals of the ECAC Division II tournament at 2 p.m. at Tullio Field in Erie, Pa.

Lake Erie is ranked 10th in this week's United States Intercollegiate Athletic Conference poll. Seton Hill is ranked eighth. The winner likely faces top-ranked Mercyhurst in Sunday's title game.

A victory could lead to a breakthrough event for Lake Erie's athletic program. The school has never had a team qualify for a NCAA tournament since moving to Division II in 2009. The top four teams from each region qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament.The NCAA field will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

So, yes, the stakes are high.

Lake Erie (11-3) is  0-4 all-time against Seton Hill. The Griffins defeated the Storm, 16-8, on March 30.

Here is a link to a video from Lake Erie's athletics website of Coach Greg Stocks discussing the tournament. Stocks was named ECAC Coach of the Year earlier this week. Lake Erie senior Keegan Bal was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year.


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