Presbyterian vs. Bellarmine
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s lacrosse team put together a solid match Saturday afternoon, but the squad was unable to knock off Bellarmine, losing 14-9.

The Blue Hose fall to 0-8 on the season.

Leading the way for PC was Casey Minick’s three goals. Sean Mulford added two scores and two assists for a team-best four points. Andrew Athens found the back of the net twice while dishing out an assist. Devin Pinkston and Patrick Foy each tallied a goal. Drew Tobias won seven face-offs while Blake Studstill won six.

Defensively, Jon Athens, Tanner Gard and Studstill all forced three turnovers while Dave Hahn had two. Jon Athens had 14 saves in the loss.

An early goal by BU was quickly answered by Mulford. After a solid clear attempt by PC, Mulford went one-on-one, plastering the back of the net with his shot, pulling the team within four, 8-4.

With the score 9-4, the Blue Hose went back to work. Austin Bright’s turnover with 6:38 to go in the third quarter gave the ball back to PC. With the ball traveling into the scoring portion of the field, Mulford scooped up a ground ball after each team fought to gain possession. Mulford made a pass to Clay Patchen, who quickly whipped it to Minick. Minick rocketed a shot past BU’s keeper, putting the score at 9-5.

PC kept the momentum going. The visitors had a penalty at the 5:26 mark. Three seconds later, Andrew Athens found Minick for another goal – allowing the home team to pull within striking distance.

A goal with 3:53 remaining did not deter the Blue Hose. Studstill won the face-off and after a timeout, Foy scored the squad’s seventh goal with 2:25 to play. PC pulled within three with 5:50 to play on Andrew Athens’ goal, but it was not enough as BU scored the final two goals of the match.

With the score 12-8 in favor of the visitors at the 12-minute mark of the fourth quarter, PC’s defense stepped up. Jon Athens saved a couple of shots, which allowed head coach Jason Childs’ team to get the ball back. After a pushing penalty on Wes Williams, Mulford connected with a pass to Minick, who promptly put the ball away. The score made it 12-8 in favor of Bellarmine.

In the first quarter, Bellarmine struck first with a goal by Luke Acton at the 12:16 mark. After a couple minutes of neither team being able to score, Dereck Hopcroft turned the ball over, giving it back to Childs’ team. With nine minutes to play in the opening stanza, Andrew Athens rifled a shot toward the cage, but Scott Bowles saved it. Ben Ewing regained possession for PC and at the 8:28 mark Andrew Athens beat his man and tied the score at 1-1.

The Blue Hose struggled to find the back of the net for the next six minutes of play while Bellarmine struck for three unanswered goals. Down 4-1, Blake Studstill won the face-off for PC. Each team was forced into a caused turnover, with Billy Schilling forcing Bellarmine into theirs. Dave Hahn scooped up the ground ball and the Blue Hose easily cleared the ball into their portion of the field. The squad worked some time off the clock until 34 seconds remained. That’s when Clay Patchen dished a perfect pass to Sean Mulford, who converted it for the goal, making the score 4-2 at the end of the first period.

Bellarmine went up 5-2 just 45 seconds into the second quarter. However, PC wonthe face off and eventually called time with 12:28 to play. Each team gained possession until the 10-minute mark. Hahan forced Chase Williams into a miscue and the loose ball was scooped up by Chris Williams. With 9:58 to go, Sean Doyle was whistled for a penalty, giving PC a man-up opportunity. The squad wasted little time in converting, pulling within two when Devin Pinkston found the goal off an assist by Clay Patchen at the 9:55 mark.

The visitors took a 7-3 lead into the break.

For the game, BU had 37 shots to 21 for PC. The Blue Hose picked up 35 ground balls to 34 for the visitors. PC converted on two man-up opportunities.

The Blue Hose return to action Friday evening when they meet up with Harvard in a neutral site affair. The match is slated to be played at 8 p.m., in Atlanta, Ga.