February 16th, 2014

Knights win season opener over Robert Morris

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Knights win season opener over Robert Morris
Bellarmine's Tucker Ciessau on the attack in 10-7 win over Robert Morris / photo by John Sommers II

The Bellarmine University lacrosse team opened its 2014 regular season with a 10-7 victory over visiting Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon in Owsley B. Frazier Stadium as freshmen Austin Shanks (three) and Tucker Ciessau (four) combined for seven goals in their collegiate debuts.

Robert Morris opened the scoring just 1:37 into the game when JonPatrik Kealey got loose for an unassisted goal. However, the Knights responded by reeling off five straight goals to take command of the game.

Reid Wesley had the distinction of being the first Knight to score in 2014 when he took a pass from his former high school teammate Bobby Schmitt and rifled a shot past RMU's Brian Bohn for the score.  Ciessau gave BU its first lead at the 6:26 mark of the first half off an assist from Cameron Gardner.

After Shanks netted the first of his three goals, Paul Brebber went one-on-one to beat the first quarter horn and scored with just four seconds on the clock.

Ciessau made it five straight goals for the Knights when he scored 53 seconds into the second quarter.  The visitors from the Northeast Conference got another goal from Kealey to pull to within 5-2, and the teams traded goals to finish the first half with BU holding a 6-3 advantage.

After the break, the Colonials inched to within two as James Raye netted the first of his two goals.  After being held scoreless for more than 11 minutes of clock time, the Knights finally broke through for a score at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter on one of the game's strangest play.  With time winding down on BU's clear attempt and with the ball still deep on the Knights' defensive end, Bellarmine goalie launched a long pass into BU's attack area where Ciessau collected the ball and fired a shot past Bohn for the score.  Shanks added a man-up goal just 29 seconds later and BU re-established a 4-goal cushion.

The Colonials came back to cut the lead to just 9-7 as they scored the first goal of the fourth period with 10:26 remaining.  Gardner finally gave the Knights some breathing room with a man-up goal at the 2:13 mark, which turned out to be the game's final tally.

Statistically, Robert Morris owned a 15-6 advantage in faceoffs, but the Knights turned the ball over eight fewer times and outshot the Colonials 47-34.

Haas not only notched an assist, but also picked up the win and collected 18 saves in the process.  In the other cage, Bohn totaled 15 saves as each team recorded 25 shots on goal.

Bellarmine returns to action next Saturday in their first road game of the year, a 1 p.m. contest at Jacksonville. 


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