April 24th, 2013

Bellarmine drops OT decision to Marquette

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Bellarmine drops OT decision to Marquette
Bellarmine's Will Cary on the attack / photo by John Spugnardi

Despite a four goal performance from Louisville native Will Cary, the Bellarmine Knights could not shake off a sluggish first half of play and dropped a 9-8 overtime decision to the Marquette Golden Eagles Tuesday afternoon at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. It was the Knights final home game of the 2013 season and the team finished with a 5-3 home record.

Bellarmine (7-6, 3-4 ECAC) allowed six first half goals falling behind 6-3 after 30 minutes of play. Those six first half goals tied for the most allowed by the Knights defense and goalkeeper Dillon Ward in any first half this season. Poor face off results, Marquette held an 8-2 advantage in the first half, and turnovers were the main culprits contributing to the Knights lethargic first half performance.

The home side then scored three straight to begin the second half and tie the game at 6-6. Cary opened the second half scoring with an unassisted goal on a screaming shot from ten yards out. Senior Luke Acton closed the Marquette lead to 6-5 and then Cary tied it at six as he put away a slick series of passes from the BU offense, taking a Brogan Hill feed and pounding it home from point blank range.

Marquette, now 5-6 on the season, got on the board next on a Connor Bernal finish with just 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but junior Cameron Gardner and Cary tallied the next two goals to give the Knights an 8-7 lead.

The Golden Eagles barrel-chested sniper, Tyler Melnyk, tied the score at 8-8 with 3:06 remaining on the game’s prettiest goal. Melnyk took a feed from Kyle Whitlow and deposited an over the shoulder, no-look shot past Ward.

Conor Gately scored the game winner at 2:06 of the overtime period. It was Gately’s second goal of the game.

Cary, in addition to his four goals, notched an assist on his five-point day. Acton recorded two goals and an assist. Michael Ward and Gardner both registered a goal and an assist.

Bellarmine will take the field again for their last game of the 2013 campaign at the University of Pennsylvania on Apr. 27. Faceoff is set for 5:30 p.m.


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