Butler vs. Bellarmine
March 26, 2006
The Game Story:
March 26, 2006, PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bellarmine lacrosse team rallied a few times today, but in the end fell just short, losing a three-overtime marathon to Butler, 8-7, at the Princeton Classic. The Knights (3-4) lost just one Division I game last season, an 8-7 decision to Butler in Indianapolis, and fell by the same score today against the Bulldogs (2-6) on a neutral field. The game could easily have gone the other way, however.

Bellarmine scored first on an Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ont.) goal, but dug themselves an early hole, down by as much as 4-1 in the second period. An unassisted goal by junior Justin Norbraten (Burnaby, B.C.) with 3:46 left in the half got the Knights to within two before the main break.

In the second half, Bellarmine’s leading scorer, Garett Kikot (Toronto, Ont.), who had been held without a goal in the Knights’ last two outings, erupted for two scores within a 15-second burst, knotting the game up at 4-4 with 9:17 left in the third.

Three costly penalties on Bellarmine gave the Bulldogs several man-up opportunities late in the third and Butler capitalized, connecting twice to again gain a two-goal buffer, 6-4, heading into the final stanza.

After trading goals with the Bulldogs early in the fourth, Bellarmine caught a break as Butler’s Phil Brauch was whistled for two infractions near the end of regulation. Freshman Shane Anderson (Denver, Colo.) delivered on the first opportunity, scoring off a Kikot pass with just over six minutes remaining. Then with 5:30 left on the clock, Anderson fed Cameron Adams (Glengowrie, Australia) for the equalizer, tying the game at seven all. Each team took a pair of shots before the final horn, but no one connected, sending the game into overtime.

Each team managed four shots on goal in the first two overtimes, but neither team could find the back of the cage, sending the game into a third overtime period. Midway through that last session, Butler’s Cliff Smith snuck one past Bellarmine goalkeeper J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, Md.) to send the Knights home with a heartbreaker, two days after they upset #16 Binghamton.

Butler outshot Bellarmine 44-30 and won 16 of 21 face-offs. The Knights defense held strong, though, as Hutchins saved 23 shots.

Bellarmine continues their difficult nine-game road streak next weekend with a match-up at Quinnipiac.