September 25th, 2010

Knights Off To Best Start In School History

Staff Report

Knights Off To Best Start In School History
photo from Bellarmine Univ. athletics

Bellarmine wins 4-3, moves to 7-0 on the season

Off to their best start in the program’s history, the No. 8 Bellarmine University field hockey team continued to roll on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Lindenwood University Lions.

The Knights (7-0) got a late goal from Ellen West (Louisville, Ky., Christian Academy) to stay perfect on the season.  Lindenwood came in short handed due to injuries, only dressing 13 players, but took the fight to Bellarmine early. The Lions got on the board first when Kayleigh Harrower put back a rebound to take a 1-0 lead.  Down early again the Knights looked to climb back into the game. They finally got on the board when Rachael McAllister (Louisville, Ky., Assumption) passed the ball into West off a penalty corner, and West gave it right back to McAllister for the easy tap in.  For the first half the Knights owned an 11-3 advantage in penalty corners and outshot the Lions 11-5. 

The Lions went into the locker room ahead after Lynsey Porter scored from the top of the circle with just 0:19 left in the half.  Being knocked back on their heels for the second time in two games, the Knights came out of the locker room aggressive. On their first offensive possession of the half, West passed the ball from the baseline to Rachael Walz (Louisville, Ky., Assumption High School) who scored her seventh goal on the season. 

Bellarmine took their first lead of the game at the 44:58 mark when Walz bounced a pass that Lindenwood goalie Julianne Sutton failed to knock down. Freshman Dezirae Hall (Louisville, Ky., Mercy Academy) took the opportunistic moment and put the ball in the back of the cage. 

The upset-minded Lions would not go away as they tied the game up at 3-3 moments later. Midfielder Ana Maria Llosa took a pass at the top of the circle and rocketed it past Bellarmine goalkeeper Samantha Biedron (Saint John, Ind., Homewood-Flossmoor). 

Faced with their first loss of the season, Bellarmine continued to attack. With just under six mintutes left, Walz went on the attack and found an open West at the top of the circle. She fired a shot at the cage but Sutton, a Presentation Academy product, made a spectacular kick save to keep the tie. 

Just over a minute later, Walz again found West open in front of the goalie. This time around West got the better of Sutton as she put the ball in the back of the cage. The goal was the deciding factor as the Knights held onto the victory. 



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