Bellarmine vs. Loyola
March 3, 2012
The Game Story:
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's lacrosse team led No. 11 Loyola University Maryland for much of the game, but the Greyhounds completed a second half comeback to win 11-8 in Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in the ECAC opener for both teams.

The visiting Greyhounds got big efforts from Eric Lusby and Davis Butts, who combined for nine of Loyola's 11 goals. Bellarmine was led by Austin Bright and Michael Ward with two goals apiece.

The Knights' defense was superb early, holding the Greyhounds scoreless for more than 27 minutes to start the game. Meanwhile, Bellarmine got unassisted goals from Colton Clark, Trevor Timmerberg and Bright to go up 3-0.

When Loyola finally broke through on the first goal by Butts at the 2:38 mark of the second quarter, it seemed to ignite the Greyhound offense. After winning the ensuing face-off, Loyola scored just 20 seconds later as J.P. Dalton slipped a shot past Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward.

Bellarmine, however, regrouped and went into halftime with the momentum as Bright put the Knights ahead 4-2 with just 3 seconds remaining in the half.

After intermission, the Greyhounds showed why they are so highly ranked in the national polls and quickly erased the two-goal deficit just 2:02 into the third quarter. Bellarmine had an answer, but after Michael Ward scored his first goal of the game, Loyola scored three straight times to take a 7-5 lead.

The Knights trimmed it to just a 1-goal margin on Michael Ward's second goal with 58 seconds remaining in the third period, but the Greyhounds put the game away with four straight goals to start the fourth quarter. Bellarmine scored two man-up goals late in the game to make the final margin 11-8.

Loyola, which improves to 3-0, 1-0 ECAC, outshot the Knights 41-24 on the game and held a whopping 32-10 shot advantage in the second half. The shot discrepancy also was reflected in goalie statistics where Bellarmine's Dillon Ward picked up 13 saves while Michael Bonitatibus and Jack Runkel combined for just four for Loyola.

Bellarmine, which slips to 1-2 (0-1 ECAC), held a slim 33-32 advantage in ground balls, but turned the ball over 18 times compared to just 15 for Loyola.

The Knights return to action on Tuesday, when they go on the road to face Dartmouth in a 3 p.m. contest in Hanover, N.H.