Delaware vs. Bellarmine
February 27, 2011
The Game Story:
NEWARK, Del.--The Bellarmine lacrosse team faced a stiff challenge for their first road game of 2011, as they took on the 16th-ranked Blue Hens of the University of Delaware this afternoon. The Knights showed their toughness by battling back from an 11-7 4th quarter deficit to force overtime, but fell in the “sudden victory” period when Delaware's Eric Smith scored his ninth goal of the season with just 53 seconds remaining in the period.

After the Knights' Lance Robinson notched his first goal of the season to put Bellarmine ahead 2-1 in the first period, the game turned into a series of runs by both teams. The Blue Hens scored five in a row to pull ahead 6-2, but the Knights answered with a run of their own.

Bellarmine's Cameron Gardner found the back of the net with just 1 second on the clock as the Knights drew to a 6-6 tie at halftime.

On the opening face-off of the third quarter, the Knights' Craig Carson got the win and the ground ball, then raced down field and beat Delaware goalkeeper Noah Fossner for the goal and a 7-6 lead for the visitors.

Again, Delaware reeled off five unanswered goals and took an 11-7 lead with just 10:46 remaining in regulation. Bellarmine's scoring drought grew to more than 15 and a half minutes before Devin Peurach finally broke through with a goal for the Knights at the 5:16 mark of the 4th quarter.

Peurach's score was followed up by a Gardner goal just 14 seconds later as the redshirt freshman caused a turnover after Delaware won the faceoff and streaked downfield for the goal.

The Knights continued the comeback with a goal by Luke Acton at the 2:17 mark, and Karsen Leung forced the overtime period with his goal at the 1:39 mark.

In the overtime period, Bellarmine had a couple of shots at the victory, but Fossner came up with a save on a Garnder shot, and Ted Avendt sent his shot wide of the goal. Smith ended the game on Delaware's only shot of the overtime period.

“Overall, I'm very happy with the effort,” said Bellarmine Coach Bart Sullivan. “The guys left everything on the field, and I think they're excited to get a crack at Loyola next week in our conference opener.”

The Knights offense was well distributed with Austin Bright, Colton Clark, Leung and Gardner leading the way with two points apiece. “We run waves and waves of people at them (our opponents),” said Sullivan. “So, that doesn't translate into a lot of individual statistics, but hopefully it's paying dividends for the team.”

Sullivan also singled out Dillon Ward for his play. “Dillon Ward played great in goal for us,” he said. The sophomore keeper recorded 12 saves and logged all 63:07 of game time.

Bellarmine drops to 2-1 on the season, while the Blue Hens improve to 4-1.

The Knights are back in action on Saturday when Bellarmine begins conference play with a trip to Baltimore to face Loyola-Maryland at 1 p.m.