Bellarmine vs. Quinnipiac
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
U Falls 11-6 to Quinnipiac in Season Finale April 21, 2007, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine lacrosse team closed out their 2007 campaign with an 11-6 Great Western Lacrosse League loss to Quinnipiac today. The Knights complete their first season in the GWLL with a 1-4 conference mark and a 3-10 record overall.
Junior Bryan Johnson (Burlington, Ontario) led the Knights with a pair of goals, his first multi-point game in a Bellarmine uniform. Attack Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ontario) added two assists, while senior goalkeeper J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, Md.) was outstanding in the cage, turning away 22 shots, one shy of tying his school record.

Today, Quinnipiac (6-5, 1-3) got on the board quickly as the Bobcats’ leading scorer Mike Stottler registered his first of three goals just 47 seconds into the game.

Bellarmine took the lead a few minutes later, however. Johnson tallied his first score at the 10:24 mark of the first period, then freshman Jarrett Davis (Port Moody, British Columbia) put the Knights up 2-1 with a goal off a pass from Jamie Floris (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario).

Quinnipiac countered by reeling off the game’s next five scores, and towards the end of the half had built a healthy 6-2 advantage. Bellarmine had possession as the final seconds ticked off the clock and called a time out with 6.8 seconds left to set up a play. When action resumed, freshman Dylan MacDougal (Oakville, Ontario) deposited a ball from Matt Holland (Victoria, British Columbia) into the back of the net, sending Bellarmine into the locker room down 6-3.

The momentum of that last-second goal carried into the second half as Bellarmine opened the third period with two lightening-quick scores. Bruce Tan (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored the first from the left side of the cage off an assist from Gardner. Bellarmine then won the ensuing face-off and senior Byran Brown (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) drove all the way in for a score 13 seconds later to pull the Knights to within one, 6-5.

Quinnipiac put an end to the rally, however, by scoring the game’s next four goals. The back-breaker came midway through the fourth period when Brown was called for a penalty. The Bobcats took advantage, scoring a man-up goal with just a few seconds left on the penalty to go up 9-5.

Bellarmine would add their final goal with just over five minutes left to make it 10-6, but Quinnipiac was able to control the ball for most of the game’s final minutes. With the defense stretched and Hutchins out of the crease, the Bobcats’ Sean Endicott tacked on a meaningless goal with under 15 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Bellarmine struggled on face-offs, winning just 6 of 20. Geoff Griffiths (Markham, Ontario) led the Knights with five ground balls.

Bellarmine had two games stricken from their schedule this season as Butler dropped their men’s lacrosse program and Robert Morris failed to schedule a make-up date after their game with the Knights was cancelled due to snow.

Bellarmine loses four seniors for next season.

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