Bellarmine vs. High Point
February 23, 2013
|Karsen Leung||(2, 3)|
|Cameron Gardner||(4, 0)|
|Michael Ward||(2, 1)|
|Brogan Hill||(1, 2)|
|Lance Robinson||(0, 1)|
|Reid Wesley||(0, 1)|
|Trevor Timmerberg||(1, 0)|
|Bobby Schmitt||(1, 0)|
|Will Cary||(1, 0)|
|Dillon Ward||16 (0.762)|
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|Bryce Parietti||(1, 1)|
|Mitchell Dupere||(2, 0)|
|Matt Thistle||(2, 0)|
|Austin Geisler||13 (0.520)|
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|The Game Story:|
|LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bellarmine University Knights lacrosse team was victorious again on Saturday beating High Point University by a score of 12-5.|
The Knights now move to 3-0 to start the year, a feat that has not been accomplished at Bellarmine since the Knights' inaugural season in 2005.
“Starting the season 3-0 became a team goal of ours. To do something that hadn't been done in this program in eight years displays the progress Bellarmine lacrosse has made,” said head coach Kevin Burns.
The Knights came out ready to play against High Point and with first quarter goals from Cameron Gardner, Will Cary and Michael Ward, were able to take an early 3-0 lead.
The pace of play seemed to slow down in the second quarter with each team getting on the score sheet only once. For Bellarmine it was the first goal of the season from Brogan Hill that put the Knights up 4-0. The 4-0 lead was short lived however with High Point's Matt Thistle scoring less than a minute later to give High Point their first tally of the day.
After intermission it was High Point striking first from an unassisted goal by Mitchell Dupere. Dupere's tally brought the score to 4-2, but it was the closest the Panthers would come to the Knights for the rest of the game.
The last six minutes of the third quarter saw an offensive explosion from the Knights, scoring five goals in a five minute span. Taking a 9-2 lead into the fourth quarter Bellarmine had seemingly taken control of the game.
The final stanza started off ideally for the Knights. Bellarmine's sensational long-stick midfielder Bobby Schmitt again found his way onto the score sheet just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter after a great feed from Karsen Leung.
Determined to fight back the Panthers were able to net two goals of their own, one from Thistle and the other from Bryce Parietti, to cut the lead to 10-4, however it wouldn't be enough.
Gardner found the back of the net one more time before Leung was able to finish off another spectacular unassisted goal.
High Point's Dupere found some consolation scoring his second goal of the day with 54 seconds to play as he drove in on cage and finished unassisted making the final tally 12-5.
Offensively the Knights were again led by the sharpshooter Gardner. Gardner scored four goals on the day while taking just six shots. Bellarmine also benefitted from the return of the senior Ward, who tallied two goals and an assist after missing the last contest due to injury. Leung also had a huge game for the Knights and put his stick skills on display scoring two unassisted goals in tight quarters. In addition to his two goals Leung also dished out three assists on the afternoon.
Coach Burns was very pleased with the play from his defenders against the Panthers, especially close defenders Michael Bender and Sean Joyce. Bender, who caused four turnovers on the day, and Joyce were matched up on High Point's dynamic attack duo of Dan Lomas and Thistle. Lomas was shut out on the day and Thistle was able to sneak two goals in past Knights' goalie Dillon Ward.
Bellarmine was able to win the groundball battle 23-18, cleared the ball a perfect 24-24 and outshot the Panthers 46-28 en route to their third win of the season.
The Knights will take the field again on Saturday March 2nd against the defending national champions of Loyola (Md.).
Faceoff will be at 1 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.