Bellarmine vs. Saint Andrews
April 29, 2006
The Game Story:
April 29, 2006, LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Bellarmine lacrosse team completed their second season in school history today with a convincing 13-3 triumph over NCAA Division II St. Andrew’s Presbyterian. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian (8-8) was the only non-Division I opponent on Bellarmine’s (7-8) schedule this season. Bellarmine is not eligible for post-season play because of their reclassification status.

Today, St. Andrew’s got on the board first, when Dan Hartzell scored just three and a half minutes into the contest. By the time they scored again, near the end of the third period, Bellarmine had proceeded to reel off 12 unanswered goals. Senior Garett Kikot (Toronto, Ont.), who was suiting up in his final game for the Knights, bombarded the St. Andrew’s cage with 10 shots, connecting on six of them. Bellarmine’s second leading scorer this season, Adam Garnder (Toronto, Ont.), added three goals and a pair of assists, while freshman Shane Anderson (Denver, Colo.) scored twice and assisted on another.

As a team, Bellarmine pounded St. Andrew’s goalkeepers Nate Hull and Steve Hartley with a school record 57 shots. BU was also nearly perfect on clearing opportunities, converting 29 of 31 on the day. The Knights also took advantage of nine St. Andrew’s penalties, scoring on three of them. Bellarmine killed all five of their own penalties.

Bellarmine netminder J.C. Hutchins (Westminster, Md.) played the first three periods between the pipes saving five shots, while allowing two scores. David Haas (Novi, Mich.) then cleaned up in the fourth, saving four shots. Bellarmine’s three goals allowed was their best effort this season and marked the fifth time this year that they have conceded six goals or fewer.

Bellarmine took 10 of 19 face-offs.

With his six goals and two assists, Kikot closed out his college career with 147 goals. Heading into the 2006 season, only 19 other NCAA Division I players had ever scored more during their college tenure. Kikot wraps up his two year term at Bellarmine as the program’s all-time leader in goals (85), assists (55), and points (140). The senior suited up his first two years at the University of Hartford.

Gardner, meanwhile, crossed a significant milestone of his own, registering his 100th point with his goal two minutes into the second period. The sophomore now has 102 points to his credit heading into next season.

Bellarmine now begins thinking about the 2007 campaign in which they will join the Great Western Lacrosse League, christen their new home field, and become eligible for the NCAA tournament.