Leung's Late Goal Lifts Bellarmine over VMI
from press release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bellarmine's Karsen Leung charged around from behind the crease, dodged, then hopped and fired a shot past goalie Kelly Mcminn with just 25 seconds left on the clock to lift host Bellarmine University over Virginia Military Institute 9-8 this afternoon in a non-conference NCAA Division I lacrosse game at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
After Leung's goal, the visiting Keydets refused to quit. VMI's Stephen Robarge won the ensuing face-off and raced downfield and fired a shot that BU goalie Dillon Ward blocked. The ball rebounded back to Robarge, who sent another shot goalward, but Ward came up with his 23rd save of the day, which not only secured a win but it also tied the school record for most saves in a game.
The win snapped a 5-game losing streak for the Knights as they stayed perfect at home and improved to 3-5 on the year. VMI slips to 2-4 on the season.
The game opened with VMI jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first 2:19, prompting Bellarmine Head Coach Bart Sullivan to call a quick timeout to get his Knights refocused. Bellarmine defensive effort improved, and the game went scoreless until Andrew Wolford forced it between the pipes off a pass from Leung with 3:04 remaining in the opening period.
After VMI scored once more in the quarter to take a 3-1 lead, the Knights scored three straight to take their first lead of the game with 3:38 left in the opening half. The Keydets' Drew Leonard pulled the visitors even at halftime.
After the break, VMI pulled ahead on a goal at the 12:11 mark of the third quarter, but it would be their final lead of the game as Bellarmine scored four straight to take and 8-5 lead with 14:06 left in the game. The Keydets roared back with three straight to pull into a tie with 2:37 remaining. VMI then got a man-up opportunity with 1:29 left on the clock.
The Knights defense again rose to the occasion. After a VMI shot sailed high, Bellarmine's Matt Silvia caused a turnover and Drew Soeder scooped up the ground ball to help set up Leung's heroics.
For the game, VMI outshot the Knights 49-31 and won 16 of 21 faceoffs (all by Robarge). The Knights committed just 12 turnovers while VMI gave it up 19 times. Another key statistic was Bellarmine holding VMI scoreless on four extra-man opportunities.
Three Knights tallied three points to lead the way for the home team with Leung picking up a goal and two assists while Andrew Wolford and Lance Robinson each had two goals and an assist.
Virginia Military was led by Leonard, who had three goals, and Mickey Hofmeister, who had three assists.
Bellarmine now hits the road again for their next three games, starting this Saturday at Robert Morris. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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