Bellarmine vs. Wagner
March 18, 2008
The Game Story:
March 18, 2008, LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Bellarmine lacrosse team kept their perfect home record in tact this afternoon, collecting a 7-4 victory over visiting Wagner at a soggy Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. The Knights improved to 6-1 with the win, including a spotless 5-0 mark at home, while the Seahawks dropped to 0-6 on the season.

Sophomore attack Andrew Wolford (Columbus, Ohio) led Bellarmine with two goals and one assist. His score with just under five minutes left in the game was critical, giving Bellarmine a two-goal lead, 6-4, in the game's closing moments.

Sophomore Shane Andersen (Denver, Colo.) added a goal and two assists, including the late feed to Wolford. Chase Williams (Vancouver, British Columbia) added a goal and an assist as well.

Junior goalkeeper David Haas (Novi, Mich.) was superb between the pipes, turning away a career-high 13 shots to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Bellarmine dominated several facets of the game, but could never gain an edge on the scoreboard. Face-off man Bobby Snider (Calgary, Alberta) won 12-of-13 draws and the Knights out-shot the Seahawks, 48-27. Wagner goalkeeper Brandon Waszak made several outstanding saves—21 in all—to keep his team in the game.

Neither team managed a score in the first period, in part due to the wet conditions. Senior Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ontario), Bellarmine's leading scorer, finally broke the ice with just under six minutes in the second period. Just over a minute later, Wolford scored a goal of his own, after assisting on Gardner's tally, off Andersen's pass from behind the cage.

From that point forward, both teams exchanged goals for nearly the remainder of the game as neither team could take control. Sean Travis scored Wagner's first goal with 3:39 left in the half and Andersen registering a man-up goal with just over two minutes left to put Bellarmine up 3-1 heading into the break.

In the second half, Mike Hess scored immediately for Wagner, but Derek Hopcroft's (Toronto, Ontario) sidearm shot from the left wing 18 seconds later made it 4-2.

Wagner cut it to 4-3 on a missed defensive assignment by Bellarmine. Will Macumber brought the ball in from the end line after an errant shot and ran directly to the goal before spinning and firing for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Heading into the fourth, the margin was still one, 4-3, but Bellarmine would out-score Wagner 3-1 in the decisive final period. Highlighting that run was a nifty goal by Matthew Holland (Victoria, British Columbia) at the 13:45 mark. Running a weave out top, the senior flipped the ball to himself, but made it appear as though he had passed it to a team mate. The move deceived nearly the entire Seahawk defense and resulted in what would be the game-winning goal.

Wagner would score once more, but Wolford's goal sealed the win and Williams was able to add an insurance tally in the game's final two minutes.

The Knights now head to the Vermont on Saturday. The game is just their second at an opponent's home field this season.