February 27th, 2013

Knights lacrosse atop NCAA statistical ranks

Staff Report

Knights lacrosse atop NCAA statistical ranks
photo from www.bellarmine.edu

Bellarmine off to a 3-0 start

By: Jon Pollock, from bellarmine.edu

After beginning the season 3-0, the Bellarmine University lacrosse team has a bevy of players climbing up the NCAA statistical ranks.  

Senior net-minder Dillon Ward is a fixture at the top of every goalkeeping category, boasting a 78.2 save percentage, tops in the nation. Ward also ranks first in goals-against average, allowing just 4.8 per game. The senior from Orangeville, Ontario, ranks ninth in the nation in saves per game, stopping 14.33 shots per contest.

Knights attackman Cameron Gardner also has climbed near the top of many of the offensive categories. Gardner is in a tie for eighth in the nation in goals per game at 3.67. In addition, the left-hander is tied for 33rd, averaging four points per game. Gardner has been efficient in his offensive output ranking 48th in shooting percentage at .458, scoring on nearly every other shot he takes.

Sophomore defender Michael Bender also cracked the top 25 with two caused turnovers per game, putting the long-pole into a tie for 24th.

Bellarmine faceoff specialist David Herring made the list by winning 51.9 percent of his draws, tying the senior for 29th place.    

The Knights are second nationally as a team in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 6.33 goals.

Bellarmine will travel to Baltimore on Saturday to play defending national champions Loyola. 



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