February 25th, 2013

Bellarmine LAX beats High Point

Staff Report

Bellarmine LAX beats High Point
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

Knights stay unbeaten with win

By: John Pollock, from bellarmine.edu

The Bellarmine University lacrosse team was victorious again on Saturday, beating High Point 12-5.

The Knights are 3-0 for the first time since their inaugural season in 2005.

“Starting the season 3-0 became a team goal of ours," head coach Kevin Burns said. "To do something that hadn't been done in this program in eight years displays the progress Bellarmine lacrosse has made.”

The Knights came out ready to play against High Point and got first-quarter goals from Cameron Gardner, Will Cary and Michael Ward for a 3-0 lead.

The pace of play seemed to slow down in the second quarter, with each team getting on the score sheet only once. Brogan Hill's first goal of the season put Bellarmine up 4-0, but High Point's Matt Thistle connected less than a minute later.

High Point struck first after the break, getting an unassisted goal by Mitchell Dupere. That made it 4-2, but it was the closest the Panthers got.

The Knights exploded for five goals in a five-minute span near the end of the third quarter to take a 9-2 cushion into the fourth.

Bellarmine long-stick midfielder Bobby Schmitt scored just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter after a great feed from Karsen Leung.  

Determined to fight back, the Panthers got goals from Thistle and Bryce Parietti to cut the lead to 10-4, but it wouldn't be enough.

Gardner found the back of the net one more time before Leung was able to finish off another unassisted goal.

High Point's Dupere found some consolation, scoring his second goal of the day with 54 seconds to play as he drove in on cage and finished unassisted.

Offensively, the Knights were led by Gardner, who scored four goals while taking just six shots. Bellarmine also benefited from the return of Ward, a senior who tallied two goals and an assist after missing the previous game with an injury. Leung also had a huge game for the Knights, scoring two unassisted goals in tight quarters and dishing out three assists.

Burns was very pleased with the play of his defenders, especially close defenders Michael Bender and Sean Joyce. Bender, who caused four turnovers, and Joyce were matched up on High Point's dynamic attack duo of Dan Lomas and Thistle. Lomas was shut out and Thistle was able to sneak two goals in past Knights goalie Dillon Ward.

Bellarmine won the groundball battle 23-18, cleared the ball 24-24 and outshot the Panthers 46-28.

The Knights will take the field again Saturday against defending national champion Loyola (Md.). Faceoff will be at 1 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.



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