March 2nd, 2015

Bellarmine comeback comes up short against Detroit

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Bellarmine comeback comes up short against Detroit
Bellarmine face-off man Connor Harryman won 7 of 12 faceoffs vs. Detroit / photo by John Sommers II

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A furious comeback by the Bellarmine lacrosse team came up just short as the visiting Detroit Titans hung on for a 14-11 victory in the Midwest Classic held at BU's Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium.

After the Knights had gotten off to a solid start and took a 6-4 lead into halftime, the Titans stormed back with a 9-0 run and led 13-6 with 12:36 left in the game.

Bellarmine, however, finally ended the run when Austin Shanks scored from point-blank range.  The goal ignited a comeback by the Knights, who strung together a run of their own, scoring five unanswered to trim the lead to just 13-11 with 3:26 to play. 

Coming down the stretch, the Knights had some opportunities but made some costly turnovers. In waning moments, the Titans scored on unguarded goal to make the final 14-11.

The loss drops the Knights to 1-3 on the year while Detroit improves to 3-2.

Bellarmine was led by Shanks, who recorded a hat trick with three goals while adding an assist.  Tucker Ciessau chipped in a pair of goals and an assist as seven different Knights scored goals. Detroit was paced by Mark Anstead, who matched Shanks with three goals and an assist.

Statistically, the game was tight with Detroit owning a 43-40 shot advantage and was plus-1 in groundballs.  Bellarmine held a slim lead in face-offs, 15-14.

The highly physical game resulted in 13 penalties, and the major difference in the game was how the team converted their extra man opportunities.  The Knights failed to convert on any of their six man-up chances while the Titans scored on five of seven.

Both goalies were solid between the pipes.  Bellarmine's Drew Goethals came up with 13 saves, while Jason Weber recorded 15 for the Titans.

The Knights return to action in two weeks when they make their Southern Conference debut at Furman.  The March 14th game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.


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