March 14th, 2014

BU hosts Michigan in ECAC battle; youth clinic to follow game

Staff Report

BU hosts Michigan in ECAC battle; youth clinic to follow game
BU faceoff specialist Stephen Soriano on the attack / file photo by Jeremy Hopkins

by Adam Pruiett, Bellarmine Assistant SID

For the first time this season, the Bellarmine University lacrosse team will see how it responds to a loss. The Knights are hoping to use a 1 p.m. EDT showdown with Michigan on Saturday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium to get them back to their winning ways.

The matchup will mark Bellarmine's second game in Eastern College Athletic Conference play. The Knights (4-1, 0-1 ECAC) suffered their first setback of the season in their conference opener after dropping a 13-9 decision on the road at Air Force.

The good news, however, is that Bellarmine rattled off four straight wins to begin the year and the Knights are 2-0 at home. The points leader for the Knights is senior Chad Mitchell, who has accumulated 15 behind seven goals and eight assists. Freshman Tucker Ciessau has netted a team-best 14 goals – which is tied for third in the conference – and freshman Austin Shanks is next with nine, while junior Ryan Scinta has tallied 10 points on five goals and five assists. Senior goalkeeper Will Haas has corralled an ECAC-best 50 saves, and junior Bobby Schmitt has tallied 14 ground balls.

This will be the first conference game of the season for Michigan, which enters with a 3-4 overall record. The Wolverines, who are chasing their first-ever ECAC win, snapped a three-game losing streak in their most recent contest, an 11-9 win at Furman.

Michigan is led by freshman Ian King, who tops the ECAC in goals with 16 and who is tied nationally for the most goals by a freshman. Kyle Jackson follows King with 11 goals, while Chase Brown has registered 17 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Goalie Robbie Zonzino averages 9.71 saves per game.

Bellarmine is hoping to improve its all-time record against Michigan to 3-0. The Knights and Wolverines met for the first time in 2012, with Bellarmine pulling out a 13-9 win at Michigan Stadium. Last year, the Knights captured a 12-6 decision at Frazier Stadium.

Bellarmine will host a youth clinic benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation immediately following the game. The clinic is open to all youth and costs $5 per participant. The clinic is expected to last approximately one hour.


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