Bellarmine vs. Robert Morris
April 9, 2005
The Game Story:
Apr. 9, Louisville, Ky. – The Bellarmine lacrosse team pieced together arguably their best performance of the season today, defeating NCAA Division I Robert Morris University, 13-3. The game was the first time the Knights (9-1) have beaten a Division I opponent on their home turf, and was their best defensive effort of the season. In fact, the game was the first played in the state of Kentucky between two Division I opponents. The three goals scored by RMU (0-10) was the lowest total allowed by Bellarmine this season, and the fewest the Colonials, who have played all Division I opponents, have scored in ten contests so far.

Freshman attack Shawn Evans (Peterborough, Ont.) scored the Knights’ first two goals of the game at the 12:24 and 11:20 marks of the first period. Fellow freshman Adam Gardner (Toronto, Ont.) added a third tally, to put BU up 3-0 at the end of the first period. However, Jeff Burkholder (Dublin, Ohio) was called for an illegal body check with four second left, allowing the Colonials to start the second period man up. They took advantage, as sophomore Carlo Sunseri took a pass from Todd Greenhalgh and planted it in the net at 14:20. That would be RMU’s only tally of the half.

The Knights went into half-time up 5-1 as Gardner scored again, this time off an Evans assist. Junior Garret Kikot (Toronto, Ont.), the leading point scorer in Division I, picked up the final goal of the half, when he scored unassisted with 16 ticks left on the clock.

Kikot and Evans each scored again early in the third period and the rout was on. Robert Morris midfielder Brenden Young scored with 7:03 left in the second, but the Knights would go on to scored five more goals before the Colonials would find the net again. Young scored his second with 2:15 left in the game, but Aussie midfielder Cameron Adams (Glengowrie, Aust.) picked up a cheap goal with 16 seconds left in the game, resulting in the 13-3 scoreline.

J.C. Hutchens (Westminster, Md.) made some outstanding saves between the pipes, finishing the day with eight saves, while allowing a season-low three goals. Evans finished with four goals and two assists, while Garnder, Adams, and Kikot all scored three times and had fours assists between them.

Robert Morris held a slight 10-9 face-off advantage, but was just 1 of 6 in extra man opportunities, while Bellarmine completed 2 of 5. BU took 40 ground balls, led by Kyle Sorenson (Peterborough, Ont.) with eight, while RMU finished with 32.

Bellarmine improves to 3-1 against NCAA Division I competition this season. They are on the road Wednesday, traveling to Oberlin College in Ohio, before another home game Saturday versus Saint Vincent.