Bellarmine vs. Vmi
March 4, 2006
The Game Story:
Bellarmine Takes Home Opener Over VMI, 13-8 March 4, 2006, LOUISVILLE, KY. - The Bellarmine menís lacrosse team used a strong fourth period to outlast Virginia Military Institute, 13-8, to win their home opener today at Trinity High School. The Knights, who lost a tough match-up on Tuesday at #2 Duke, improved to 1-1 on the season, while the Keydets dropped to 0-3.
After trading goals to start the game, VMI took their only lead with less than a minute left in the first period, on a Will Collier goal. The Knights, however, countered right before time expired when Cameron Adams (Glengowrie, South Australia) rushed the cage and tossed in the equalizer with 19 seconds left in the period.

In the second term, Bellarmine appeared to be in control, scoring four quick goals, including two by sophomore Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ont.). But VMI took advantage of two costly penalties on Bellarmine late in the half, scoring three goals, two of them on man-up opportunities, to go into the break down just 6-5.

Garret Kikot (Toronto, Ont.) opened the scoring in the third, depositing an Adams pass at 12:05, then Gardner took advantage of a slashing penalty on VMIís Tony Cavalero to score a man-up goal with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third. The Keydets fought back again, scoring three of the gameís next four goals, including a goal kicked in the net by David Trimble, to pull within 9-8 at the end of the third period.

Bellarmine came out on fire on the fourth. Justin Norbraten (Prince George, B.C.) drilled a goal from 12 feet out, directly in front of the net off a pretty pass from Gardner less than two minutes into the term, then Kikot lined a shot off an Adams feed a minute and a half later to put the Knights up 11-8. Bellarmine then began slowing down the tempo and controlling the ball on their offensive end. A frustrated Cavalero again was cited for slashing, and Bellarmineís Ray Finnegan (Dublin, Ohio) scored his first goal of the season off the resulting power play to put BU up four with just over 10 minutes left in the contest. Gardner put the icing on the cake with his fifth goal of the day at 8:57 to round out the scoring.

Goalkeeper J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, Md.) picked up the win for Bellarmine, turning away seven shots. Bellarmine won 16 of 25 face-offs and picked up 33 ground balls.

The Knights hit the road on Saturday, traveling to Providence, R.I. to face Brown.