April 21st, 2013

Knights can't get past Virginia

Staff Report

Knights can't get past Virginia
Bellarmine's Cam Gardner / file photo from bellarmine.edu

By John Pollock, Bellarmine Sports Information

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Bellarmine University lacrosse team dropped its third straight contest  Saturday against Viirginia. On the Cavaliers’ senior it was juniors Mark Cockerton and Rob Emery leading the way to a 12-7 victory.

Virginia scored the first goal of the game thanks to leading scorer Cockerton. UVA, pushing in an unsettled situation, moved the ball to Cockerton, who slid underneath defender Sean Joyce and finished against Dillon Ward to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.

Bellarmine tied it just minutes later when one Louisville native, Will Cary, found another local product, Ryan Scinta, for the Knights' first score.

With just five seconds to play in the first quarter the Knights claimed the lead on a goal from Karsen Leung. He cradled across the top of the box to his right and unleashed a shot that found the upper left hand corner of the cage, beating Cavs goalie Rhody Heller.

The Cavaliers reclaimed the lead with back-to-back scores from Bobby Hill and Emery. However, Virginia held the lead for just over three and a half minutes before the Knights knotted it again.

Michael Ward dodged at defender Tanner Scales from the back left corner of the offensive box. Despite a flurry of quality checks from Scales, Ward was able to maintain possession and find a wide open Luke Acton on the weak side of the crease, and he finished against Heller one-on-one.

With 35 seconds to play in the half the Cavaliers took the 4-3 lead on Emery's second goal of the day. Catching BU substituting, the Cavs took advantage of a brief man advantage and Emery connected against Ward.

Bellarmine scored first in the second half from Ward, but the Cavs answered right back with a pair of goals to reclaim the lead at 6-4.

The Knights again attempted to climb back into the contest as Ward tallied his second score of the day on a drive from behind the net and again Virginia responded. Cockerton and Emery each found the back of the net to give UVA an 8-5 lead after three quarters.

Virginia took control in the fourth quarter behind a four-goal run, all scored by different players, and sealed the victory with a 12-6 lead before Acton scored his second goal of the game for Bellarmine.

For Virginia, Cockerton finished with four goals and Emery three. Heller also played well in goal, making 10 saves in just under 58 minutes of play.

Bellarmine's offense was paced by Michael Ward’s two goals and two assists, and Acton with two goals.

The Knights (7-5, 3-4 ECAC) and will look to rebound with a home game against Marquette at 3 p.m. Tuesday.



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