February 17th, 2013

Bellarmine Blasts Michigan with Barrage of Goals

Staff Report


Bellarmine Blasts Michigan with Barrage of Goals
Bellarmine's Cameron Gardner taking a shot / photo by John Sommers II

Gardner, Schmitt lead the Knights to big win over Michigan

by Jon Pollock - Bellarmine Sports Information Dept.

The Bellarmine University lacrosse team captured its first Eastern College Athletic Conference win of the season Saturday, besting the Michigan Wolverines 12-6 in Louisville at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

The game featured a relentless attacking style from the Knights after spotting the visitors a 3-0 lead just five minutes into the game. After a timeout by Bellarmine head coach Kevin Burns to settle his players and re-focus their efforts, Bellarmine settled in and scored six unanswered goals to take 6-3 lead with three minutes to play in the first half.

“Keeping our intensity up and coming out ready to play was the last thing we talked about before the game,” Burns said. “But we will need to improve on that as the season progresses.”

Michigan scored one more goal before the half to cut the Bellarmine lead to 6-4 at intermission.

The Wolverines struck first in the second half to make it a one-goal game, but that was a close as they got.

Bellarmine exploded offensively at the beginning of the fourth quarter, scoring four goals in just over one minute. Bellarmine's offensive eruption was capped by an unassisted goal from sophomore long-stick midfielder Bobby Schmitt.

Michigan was able to put one more shot past Knights goalie Dillion Ward before Karsen Leung finished the scoring.

The Knights had no problem scoring despite missing seniors Michael Ward and Luke Acton. Sophomore attackman Dylan Gatt filled in for Ward and finished  with two goals and one assist. Senior midfielder Leung also chipped in a goal and an assist, while attackman Lance Robinson scored one goal and dished out two assists.

Offensively the day belonged to two Knights, Schmitt and junior Cameron Gardner. Schmitt was able to score two goals and notch two assists with his long pole, while also scooping up five groundballs and causing one turnover. Schmitt's four-point day gives him five on the season, matching his entire total from last year.

The leading scorer for the Knights was Gardner, who scored five goals and had one assist on a career-best six-point day. Gardner was very efficient against the Wolverines, scoring his five goals on just 11 shots. 

The Knights played well defensively in front of Ward, who stopped 18 shots on the day. Burns was especially pleased with the way his young defenders played together as a unit, holding the Wolverines' man-up offense scoreless on six opportunities.

Bellarmine short-stick defensive midfielders Reid Wesley and Trevor Timmerberg also helped keep Michigan's offense in check, described by Burns as the “workhorses” of the day.

Senior faceoff specialist David Herring was able to dig in and win 10 of the final 14 draws, including 6 of 7 in the fourth quarter.

“This was a good first step en route to our season goal of playing in the ECAC tournament,” Burns said.

The Knights will take the field again on Saturday against the High Point  Panthers. Faceoff will be at 1 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

 

 

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